Petition: It’s Time For Pennsylvania To Ban Exotic Animals Acts!! Stop Circus Cruelty!!, Pennsylvania

by: Finley B
target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania

340 SUPPORTERS in Pennsylvania 4,806 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

In 2015 a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania state senate to ban wild and exotic animal performances in circuses. This bill was recently reintroduced in 2017, but since then it has stalled. We need to get this bill back on the senate agenda! Right now in the U.S. only two states, Illinois and New York, have bans on the use of elephants in the circus.

Animals forced to perform in a circus are deprived of physical and social needs, confined in small spaces, spending excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate heartbreaking abnormal behaviors such as rocking, swaying, and pacing – indicating they are in distress and not coping with their abusive environment. Evidence from numerous animal-rights groups shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

That is NOT OK! And we need to keep fighting for these animals and their freedom from the circus life! Please join me in signing this petition asking Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to stop circus cruelty!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/180/025/074/

 

Petition: Whataburger, stop using polystyrene foam cups!

by: Environment Texas
target: Whataburger, Preston Atkinson, CEO

40,920 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL

We love Whataburger, but we hate their polystyrene (commonly known as styrofoam) cups and containers!

Polystyrene is one of the worst and most common types of plastic, but Whataburger still uses it. According to the EPA, Americans throw out 70 million polystyrene foam cups every day, and that doesn’t include bowls and takeout containers. Of these, about one third end up in waterways: rivers, lakes, and especially oceans.

For a bird or fish or turtle, it’s easy to mistake a small piece of polystyrene for food. When animals ingest plastic waste, it can block their digestive tracts. As a result, they starve.

Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts have stopped using polystyrene cups and containers. Whataburger says they’re investigating alternatives, but they need to hear from customers that we want them to act now. If they don’t, what a waste.

Photo is of non-recyclable polystyrene foam cups littering Corpus Christi Bay beach. If you look closely, you’ll notice Whataburger’s familiar colors and logo.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/775/643/317/whataburger-stop-using-polystyrene-foam-cups/

 

Petition · BLM & Nevada Federal Legislators: Save the Pine Nut Wild Horse Herd · Change.org

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Save the Pine Nut Fish Springs Wild Horses from Capture!
American Wild Horse Campaign started this petition to BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed and 4 others

We the undersigned citizens are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to leave the Pine Nut Fish Springs wild horses in their home on our public lands near Gardnerville, Nevada. These iconic Nevada mustangs have an international following and are an important tourism resource for the local area. The local community embraces their presence and the livestock grazing permitee in the area supports their protection.

The Fish Springs wild horses are managed through a community partnership that utilizes the PZP birth control vaccine to humanely reduce population growth in the herd. It makes no sense to round up and remove horses that are being successfully managed at no cost to taxpayers…. especially given that the round up, removal and storage of 45 horses in holding pens could cost taxpayers $1 million or more! Worse, given the BLM’s push for lethal management solutions, every horse removed from the range will be in grave danger of being killed or slaughtered.

This Administration has stated a commitment to honoring the wishes of local communities. In the interest of fiscal responsibility and humane treatment of these cherished horses, we urge you to honor the citizens and businesses of this area and the interests of horse lovers throughout the world by leaving the Fish Springs horses on our public lands. At minimum, any removals that do take place must be incremental and must not exceed the local community’s capacity to train and adopt the horses out to quality and long-term homes.

https://www.change.org/p/blm-nevada-federal-legislators-save-the-pine-nut-wild-horse-herd

 

Petition: It’s Time to Ban Trophy Hunting in South Africa

by: Care2 Team
target: Government of South Africa 41,872 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL

Last year Tess Thompson Talley flew to South Africa for a hunting safari where she took the life of what she called a “rare” black giraffe. But it wasn’t until recently that people noticed her sick trophy hunting photos on Facebook.

Now animal lovers, conservationist and environmentalists alike are outraged. People want to know how anyone can get enjoyment from taking such a majestic creature. In the photos, Tess proudly poses in front of the giraffes barely dead body. It’s a truly disgusting sight.

Giraffes are currently considered a vulnerable species. In fact, according to a 2016 survey, there are less than 100,000 of the animals in the wild and over the last generation, almost 40% of the species has been lost. But because few people have sounded the alarm, many have called their slow disappearance, the “silent extinction.”

These animals, like elephants, rhinos, and lions, despite their vulnerable or endangered status, are legally hunted in South Africa. Trophy hunters argue that their activities and the money they pay to take big African game actually creates an incentive for locals to protect these vulnerable species. But according to a recent study by the the International Union for Conservation of Nature “trophy hunting, contrary to the common view, not only is having negative impacts on wild populations but that there is also an extremely close link between legal hunting and poaching.”

If that is the case, then why do countries like South Africa continue to allow these animals to be killed?

It’s time South Africa put an end to this horrible practice and create policies that actually protect their unique animal species. Please sign the petition and ask South Africa to ban trophy hunting once and for all.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/200/628/320/its-time-to-ban-trophy-hunting-in-south-africa/