Five Wildlife Rangers and their driver killed by Poachers · Change.org

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Apr 17, 2018 — Virunga National Park in Congo is about the size of California. It is a poacher’s paradise. Backed and financed by Chinese middlemen they have grown into heavily armed militias.
More than 130 park rangers have been killed in the park since 1996.
While Under Armour and Safari Club International promotes the hunting of wild animals in Africa, these rangers risk their lives trying to protect them.
The more people in the West become aware of these situations and are able to connect the dots, the sooner all this barbarities will evolve to something better. Better laws, better ethics. Less killing.

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Pesticide-Laden Produce List 2018 – Chemical Free Life

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Pesticide-Laden Produce List 2018 – Chemical Free Life
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The 2018 version of the Dirty Dozen List is out and not surprisingly at least twelve varieties of conventional (non-organic) produce tested high in contamination from synthetic pesticides. “In fact, nearly 70% of conventionally grown — non-organic — produce samples were contaminated, the tests indicated.”

A single sample of strawberries showed 20 pesticides, the report indicated. More than 98% of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. And, on average, spinach samples had 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

This year, the Dirty Dozen list is actually a “baker’s dozen” and includes a 13th suspect: hot peppers. These were found to be contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system, according to the report authors. Anyone who frequently eats hot peppers should buy organic…

Should you be concerned about synthetic pesticides on your produce?

Research “suggests that pesticides may induce chronic health complications. In children, pesticide exposure may trigger neurodevelopmental or behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma, and cancer,” noted the authors of a 2012 American Academy of Pediatricians report quoted by the Environmental Working Group.

SOLUTIONS

If you are able to choose organic versions of the produce testing high for synthetic pesticides, that is the best solution. If not, then be sure to wash the produce well under running water before eating it. And to really remove the pesticides, give your produce a pre-soak in some water with baking soda. According to the results of a recent study we posted on this blog not long ago, soaking produce in a solution of baking soda and water is a more effective way to rid fruits and veggies of pesticides.

https://chemical-free-life.org/2018/04/17/pesticide-laden-produce-list-2018/

Petition update · Victory for Florida greyhounds! · Change.org

Repeal the law requiring Florida gambling facilities to offer greyhound racing.

219K supporters
Petition update
Victory for Florida greyhounds!Marilyn Varnberg for Greyhound Adoption of Florida and GREY2K USA

Apr 18, 2018 — The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has just approved a November ballot question that will allow voters to prohibit the cruelty of dog racing in the Sunshine State. Learn more: https://g2kww.org/flvictoryfordogs
Constitution Revision Commission approved a ballot…
https://grey2kusa.org

218,796 have signed. Let’s get to 300,000
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Victory! Hundreds of Animals Saved as Japan Ends Poisoning Test on Dogs

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Victory! Hundreds of Animals Saved as Japan Ends Poisoning Test on Dogs
Jessica Sandler
Written by | April 18, 2018

After hearing from PETA scientists for the past three years, the Japanese government officially announced this week that it is saying “sayonara” to a gruesome pesticide test conducted on dogs.

Imagine being locked in a cage and forced to eat pesticide-laced food or breathe pesticide fumes for a year until you are killed and your body is dissected. That is exactly what dogs undergo in a common test. But now, after receiving documentation from PETA scientists of extensive analyses conducted by experts demonstrating that data from the one-year dog poisoning test are not used to protect humans, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has decided to stop requiring the use of this test.

Two beagles running toward camera with ears flapping
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With the assistance of the Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, our scientists pointed out that numerous governments, including those of the European Union, the U.S., and Canada, have eliminated this test from their pesticide registration requirements after discussions with PETA, sparing thousands of dogs annually. Japan now joins the growing list of countries that have made the right decision for dogs and for science.

PETA scientists are also in contact with regulatory agencies in other parts of the world to encourage them to follow suit and are working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals. Your help will bring us closer to a world in which all animals are regarded as individuals, not laboratory tools, and in which we’ll look back on chemical tests on living, breathing beings as part of a painful, dark past.

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What is palm oil? | SPOTT.org

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil. It comes from the fruit of the African oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis).

Native to West Africa, oil palm has been traditionally grown as a subsistence crop in small-scale farming systems for thousands of years.

Oil palms were introduced to Southeast Asia by European traders in the early 19th century, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia, where the climate is more humid, and therefore even more conducive to oil palm growth. Palm oil trees can grow to over 20 metres tall, and unlike some other vegetable oil crops, the fruit can be harvested all year round.

Large-scale production on monocultural oil palm plantations has become highly prevalent over the last forty years in response to ever-increasing global demand.

Palm oil comes from oil palm fruits

The fruit of the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is crushed to extract palm oil. (Image: oneVillage Initiative)

Palm oil production in Ghana
Oil palm fruit harvest, Malaysia

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Oil palm fruit is harvested with peak production occurring between ages seven and 18. (Image: Craig Morey)

Oil palm fruit harvest, Malaysia
Crude palm oil is refined for manufacturing

Unrefined red palm oil is sent to refineries for processing. (Image: oneVillage Initiative)
Crude palm oil is refined for manufacturing
Oil palms use less land than other oilseeds

Oil palms yield up to 10 times more oil per hectare than alternative vegetable oil crops. (Image: Craig Wikimedia)

Oil palms use less land than other oilseeds
Monocultures support fewer species

Oil palm plantations provide far less plant and animal diversity than forests. (Image: Achmad Rabin Taim)

Monocultures support fewer species

Why is palm oil so widely used?

Palm oil is very versatile and widely used in food products, detergents, and cosmetics. At least 50% of the packaged products sold in most supermarkets contain palm oil. It is also increasingly used as a biofuel.

Palm oil has the potential to be a more economically viable and sustainable vegetable oil than the alternatives:

using up to 10 times less land than other major vegetable oils such as rapeseed or sunflower;
producing higher yields per hectare – one hectare of land can produce 4,000kg palm oil, or 500kg of kernel oil;
requiring less fertiliser, fewer pesticides, and storing more carbon than other oil crops.

Despite these potential benefits, business as usual is not sustainable. Industry expansion cannot continue if this is at the cost of Indonesia’s natural ecosystems, as well as forests in many other countries throughout the tropics.
Problems associated with irresponsible palm oil production:

There are many negative environmental impacts associated with unsustainable palm oil production. Oil palms are typically grown in regions that contain high levels of biodiversity (Indonesia and Malaysia together produce about 85% of the world’s palm oil) on land that was previously occupied by tropical rainforests and peatlands.
This land is often cleared illegally, destroying some of the world’s most diverse habitats and increasing pollution and carbon emissions through slash and burn agriculture.
In many areas, local communities are not respected and employees are treated poorly.

Oil palm plantation in Cigudeg by Achmad Rabin Taim from Jakarta, Indonesia

Palm oil plantation in Cigudeg by Achmad Rabin Taim from Jakarta, Indonesia
Why can’t we just stop buying palm oil?

Over 50 million tonnes of palm oil is consumed every year, around one third of all vegetable oil.
If we stop buying palm oil, palm oil producing companies will sell palm oil to markets that do not value the environment.
Other vegetable oils will be grown in its place which require up to ten times more land to produce the same amount of oil, increasing deforestation.
Palm oil production provides an income for 4.5 million people in Indonesia and Malaysia alone, taking them out of poverty, and accounts for 4.5% of Indonesian GDP.

What is sustainable palm oil?

To develop a sustainable palm oil industry, companies must:

Stop clearing rainforests and developing on peatlands.
Manage their plantations responsibly according to best practice guidelines.
Trace their supply of palm oil back to the refinery and plantations where it was farmed.
Establish safe and fair working conditions for employees.
Properly consult local communities on new developments.

What you can do to support sustainable palm oil:

Explore more about the issue through the Guardian’s excellent interactive: from rainforest to your cupboard – the story of palm oil.
Support companies that have made commitments to using only certified sustainable palm oil.
Don’t just avoid the problem by boycotting palm oil altogether, instead be part of the solution by supporting Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) as a minimum. Look out for products bearing the RSPO Trademark, which show that they contain a minimum 95% of CSPO.
Ask retailers to source certified sustainable palm oil, not only in their own-brand products but in all the products they sell. You can do this by contacting their customer service departments.
Ask manufacturers to source certified sustainable palm oil.
Lobby your parliamentary or government representative to improve national legislation.
Join or support organisations that are actively campaigning for better standards.
Increase your own awareness of what is in your food.
See how some of the most famous products you buy have performed on Oxfam’s Behind the Brands ethical scorecard.
Read through the Union for Concerned Scientists’ palm oil scorecard, and their global warming factsheet.
Learn more about the work of other organisations promoting better management practices in the Palm Oil Innovation Group.

https://www.spott.org/palm-oil-resource-archive/what-is-palm-oil/

Petition · The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards: Make It Compulsory For Companies To Put Palm Oil Warnings On Food Packaging Labels. · Change.org

Petition · The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards: Make It Compulsory For Companies To Put Palm Oil Warnings On Food Packaging Labels. · Change.org
PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE started this petition to The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards
#PalmOilAlarmCall

Petition: Make it compulsory for companies to put the warning ‘This Product Contains Palm Oil. The Manufacturing Of Palm Oil Is Destroying Rainforests And Driving Orangutans Towards Extinction’ on food packaging labels.

While palm oil is found in more than half of all supermarket products from biscuits and breakfast cereals to soap, 35% of consumers are unaware of what it is, a survey of 5,000 people commissioned by frozen food chain Iceland found.

But once informed about palm oil and its effects on the environment, 85% say they do not believe it should be used in food products.

Growing demand for palm oil for use in food, toiletries and biofuel has helped fuel widespread deforestation in south-east Asia, prompting industry efforts to promote “sustainable” palm oil which is not environmentally damaging.

The loss of rainforests also contributes significantly to the world’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change.

According to Palm Oil Investigations, Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country in the world, and this is down to the effects of palm oil.

The cheapest and quickest way to clear land for plantations is slash and burn. Fires in Indonesia produce some of the world’s worst pollution, sending suffocating smog to cities hundreds of miles away in Malaysia and Singapore.

Iceland’s Mr Walker said: “Having recently been to Indonesia and seen the environmental devastation caused by expanding palm oil production first hand, I feel passionately about the importance of raising awareness of this issue – and I know many British consumers share my concern and want to have a real choice about what they buy.”

“Time is running out not just for these household brands but for the wildlife, the climate and everyone who depends on healthy forests for their survival.

The main threat to the survival of orangutan populations in the wild is the huge expansion of palm oil plantations on the tropical islands of Borneo and Sumatra, with methods such as slash and burn being used to clear the land, driving the orangutans from their habitats.

One study published in the journal Current Biology earlier this year found that half of Bornean orangutans were affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialised plantations, with 100,000 lost between 1999 and 2015. According to research the population of orangutans in Borneo has dropped by 80% in 75 years.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition.

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Petition · Charlie Baker: Hold Massachusetts Judges Accountable · Change.org

Justice for Officer Gannon and Officer Nero
Lori Wagner started this petition to Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker and 26 others

The judicial system in this state needs an overhaul. Our police officers are out putting their lives on the line daily for the safety of the people of the Commonwealth and their hard work is for not when career criminals are allowed to walk free from a courthouse. How many known violent criminals are walking freely in public awaiting their next court date instead of sitting in a cell where they belong? 1 is too many. Officer Sean Gannon is the perfect example of why. On April 12,2018, while serving a warrant with his K9 partner Nero, he was shot and killed by Tom Latanowich, 29, of Somerville. A man with 111 prior convictions and current pending criminal charges and on probation.

He had a known violent history and yet he was allowed to freely walk the street. Had he been where he belonged, jail, Officer Gannon would be here today. Instead, a great, young police officer is gone needlessly and his young wife is a widow. His family has lost a key member, Nero has lost his best friend and his department has lost a brother.

The judges need to be held accountable for these decisions. We are prosecuting drug dealers in some cities and towns on manslaughter charges and sentencing them to jail, we send drunk drivers to jail after minimal numbers of offenses but we let a man with 111 convictions walk freely amongst us.

We the people of Massachusetts want our justice system fixed. it’s time we are allowed to feel safe and it is beyond the time for our police officers to have their hard work followed through on the final end—jail for offenders.

Hold judges accountable for the improper decisions they make when sentencing a career criminal. Save our police officers, DO YOUR JOBS!

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Petition · Catherine McKenna: Institute a Canada Wide Mandatory Deposit on Plastic Bottled Water Now! · Change.org

Dallas E started this petition to Catherine McKenna Minister of environment and climate change and 3 others

Our planet is literally swimming in plastic! And it is getting more serious and irreversible every day. Why is there no bottle return deposit charged on water bottles? Why is water different than beer, soda, or any other beverage, when it is sold and consumed exactly the same way?

Water is by far the most bought and consumed beverage on the planet, and something needs to be done. Why does wildlife have to suffer for our wanton laziness, disregard, and neglect for the planet, not to mention insidious greed on the part of corporations, who are responsible for producing it in the first place! We have recycle facilities in place, but, people will not return if they paid nothing to begin with. What is wrong with this picture?

A deposit on water bottles would prevent untold millions of bottles winding up in our precious and irreplaceable oceans, decrease the buildup of recyclable waste in landfills, reduce pollution, and prevent the emission of greenhouse gases when empty bottles are incinerated.

Recycling these empty bottles is an easy way to help protect the environment. Recycled bottles can easily be used to make carpets, clothing, automotive parts and new bottles. Most water bottles are made with a nonrenewable resource called polyethylene terephthalate — PET. When PET bottles are recycled, millions of gallons of petroleum and natural gas originally slated for use in the production of new PET can be saved.

Let’s put our collective minds together and make a difference for the planet, our children, wildlife, and future generations. It is a win, win, win, win. Let’s petition Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, and Scott Pruitt, Executive of United States Environmental Protection Agency to put a mandatory deposit on all bottled water sold everywhere now!

This is a no-brainer to save the planet, thank you for your kind and thoughtful support.

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Petition · Ugandan Wildlife Authority: Stop the revenge poisoning of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park · Change.org

Stop the revenge poisoning of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Phil Dolliff started this petition to Ugandan and 2 others

On April 11th a cute pride of 3 lionesses and 8 cubs was found after being killed by poisoning probably in revenge for preying on livestock.

This is at least the second such mass poisoning of lions from Queen Elizabeth National Park. These tree climbing lions live in only two places in the world and are endangered by habitat loss and rapidly growing populations around the park.

Please sign the petition today to help us save these magnificent creatures by urging the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to take action to save these lions through better community outreach and better compensation for the herding families that surround the park and lose their livestock to lions that wander from the park.

Please also donate to Uganda’s conservation partners such as the African Wildlife Foundation. I have seen the unique and beautiful tree climbing lions in this park and urge you to help save them.

https://www.change.org/p/ugandan-wildlife-authority-stop-the-revenge-poisoning-of-the-tree-climbing-lions-in-queen-elizabeth-national-park?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13111750&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAD4%2FyAAAAAAAWte85bzgEjFmNmQ2NjcxNQ%3D%3D

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