Petition: chargers need to be laid!

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Kirby Silverberg started this petition to RCMP – Grande Prairie (Sexsmith – Alberta)
Problem
Over the weekend a video surfaced online of two boys beating a coyote to death. Laughing while they slam the still alive animal against their snowmobile. The videos is so disturbing to watch. The boys taunt the animal as they clearly take pleasure in ending its life. The RCMP is undecided as to whether or not charges will be laid. This shouldn’t be a question of if. This inhuman, sociopathic behaviour needs to be punished. Sign of you agree.

Solution
Charge the individuals responsible.

Personal story
Something needs to be done. These acts of violence against a defenceless animal cannot be tolerated.

https://www.change.org/p/rcmp-grande-prairie-sexsmith-albert-charges-need-to-be-laid?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=11059538&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uALMp1AAAAAAAXGXamrwaZCVhNmU0ZDU3Mg%3D%3D

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Petition: Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada #ivoryfreecanada

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Will we be the generation that lets elephants become extinct?

A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.

Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe.

Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of our elephants have disappeared.

In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade.

China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada?

On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species.

We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to:

  1. ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and
  2. make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal.

Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest land mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #ivoryfreecanada.

Sincerely,
Fran Duthie
President, Elephanatics
http://www.elephanatics.org

Photo Credit: Larry Laverty

https://www.change.org/p/you-can-make-history-ban-the-sale-of-elephant-ivory-in-canada-ivoryfreecanada

Petition: United Nations BAN Trophy Hunting STOP Poachers END Imports

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Ban International Travel for Hunting.

More than 7,666,830,009 (billion) humans on Earth.

Two-thirds of all animal species are being wiped out.
100,000 elephants killed in the last 3 years. Too many species with once robust populations now reduced to a few thousand, a few hundred or even less. Humans are rapidly destroying the natural world in a blood-soaked pursuit of greed, false-power, ego, ignorance and stupidity.

We are witnessing The Great Animal Extinction, this animal holocaust caused entirely by soulless humans. Tigers, elephants, bears, rhinoceros, wolves, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, gorillas, orangutans, so many bird species, sea life, are on the brink of extinction, and in a few years will be gone. The list is frighteningly long. Wild animals we love are being massacred at a terrifyingly rapid rate of destruction. Extinction is forever.

EXTINCTION IS FOREVER!

Natural habitat destruction, climate-change and greed are BIG problems, but the worst and most grotesque offenders are vile poachers and mentally diseased trophy hunters. These killers are an appalling example of mental illness. Aided by companies that profit from killing these beautiful creatures. These businesses & clubs are guilty of lobbying governments to let them break the law by importing exotic animals and their body parts and promoting death.
They must be stopped right NOW! It’s nearly too late.

We must act right NOW or we will be living in a world devoid of nature. A dead planet.
There is no time left to save the Earth’s great land, air and sea animals. Actions taken by organizations and individuals have helped but are not enough to stop the massacre. You sir, and we, must all act today, we must tip the balance for the animals!
WE MUST BE THEIR PROTECTORS.

What will the world look like if you do nothing?
Please do something Mr. Secretary-General, we know you have the heart and courage to make changes happen in the world!

Please sign the petition and share it with everyone. It will be hand delivered to the United Nations. I thank you. The animals thank you. Mother Earth thanks you.

https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-ban-trophy-hunting-stop-poachers-end-imports?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=14284765&grid_position=7&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAAVEEQAAAAAAXGXVBn6qrKEyZmJlZDc3Ng%3D%3D

Sign Petition: This Proposed Bill Would Unfairly Single Out Pit Bulls

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by: Laura G
recipient: South Carolina state legislators

One of the reasons Bill 3709 was recently introduced to South Carolina legislators by Rep. Chip Huggins is to do something about the overcrowded animal shelters in the state. Something definitely needs to be done to resolve this issue, but this bill is not the answer.

Why not? Because it would require the owners of pit bulls (and dogs perceived to be pit bulls) that haven’t been spayed or neutered to pay $500 to register and microchip their dogs. Owners of fertile pit bulls that aren’t registered would be charged with a misdemeanor crime, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison.

Spaying and neutering pets is definitely a good idea, but why single out pit bulls? This bill is an example of breed-specific legislation (BSL), unfair laws that punish responsible owners and their well-behaved dogs. BSL is strongly opposed by most major animal welfare organizations. The ASPCA says it “should truly be called breed-discriminatory law.”

The bill states that pit bulls are “the most desired breed for dog fighting, and dying at a higher rate in local animal shelters than any other breed in South Carolina.” It’s highly unlikely that criminals involved in illegal dog-fighting operations will bother to register their dogs. Instead, some responsible pit bull owners who can’t afford to spay or neuter their pets won’t be able to afford that $500 fee either, so even more dogs could end up in the state’s already overcrowded shelters.

Requiring registration to own a fertile pit bull “would provide a safety component for the public and the dog,” the bill states. However, there is no evidence that breed-specific legislation like this has actually increased public safety wherever it’s been enacted, according to the ASPCA.

Like most breed-specific legislation, Bill 3709 will be very expensive to enforce. Here’s a better idea: spend those funds instead on affordable spay and neuter programs for all breeds.

Please sign and share this petition telling South Carolina lawmakers not to pass Bill 3709.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/849/809/833/

Sign Petition: Sharks and Rays Are in Serious Danger Unless We Act Now

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The global shark and ray population is in serious trouble, but, thankfully, legislators in Hawaii are currently considering doing more to protect these creatures in state waters. Currently there’s a bill that would make it a misdemeanor (with up to a $10,000 fine) for killing, capturing or abusing sharks and rays.

Sign the petition if you want this important conservation bill to become law!

Sharks and rays need full protection under the law, for their benefit and for the health of our oceans. Rep. Nicole Lowen, who chairs the House Environmental Protection and Energy Committee said, “As apex predators, sharks and rays help to keep the ocean ecosystem in balance, and protecting them from unnecessary harm is essential to the health of our coral reefs.”Beyond being good for the ocean’s ecosystem, there is also just no excuse for people killing these animals. We don’t need to do it and we shouldn’t put up with needless animal killing.

Similar legislation has cleared the state Senate before, but now it’s up to the state House to keep House Bill 808 alive. State Rep. Chris Lee, head of the House Judiciary Committee must give the legislation a hearing by the end of the week in order to keep the ocean ecosystem thriving. That’s why he and other Hawaiian legislators need to hear from us now!

Let Hawaii be an example of conservation stewardship for the world to emulate. Sign on if you want this bill to pass to protect sharks and rays fully!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/320/911/821/tell-hawaii-to-outlaw-the-killing-of-all-sharks-and-rays/

Petition · Jacob Wohl: Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee · Change.org

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Rep. Ilhan Omar was flagged during the campaign for having a proclivity towards making antisemitic remarks, while refusing to condemn terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Upon being elected to the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi placed Rep. Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is critical in steering America’s foreign policy. Since taking office, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s antisemitism has continued, and even escalated.

She blamed Jewish Money for America’s pro-Israeli foreign policy and invoked “Benjamin’s Baby” as an antisemitic trope aimed at Jared Kushner.

Enough is enough! It’s time for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
https://www.change.org/p/jacob-wohl-remove-rep-ilhan-omar-from-the-house-foreign-affairs-committee

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Greenpeace Ships Set Sail to Tackle the Global Plastic Pollution Crisis

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Tavish Campbell attaches a GPS tracker onto ghost fishing nets in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Justin Hofman / Greenpeace

By Graham Forbes

Corporations have created a plastic monster. More than 90 percent of the plastics ever produced have not been recycled, yet corporations have plans to dramatically increase their production of plastic packaging. With plastic production set to quadruple by 2050, recycling can never be enough to solve this problem.

But the global movement to hold these corporations accountable is growing. More than 3 million of you have joined us in urging companies to stop polluting our planet with throwaway plastic. And together with over 1,400 allies in the global Break Free From Plastic movement, we conducted 239 cleanups in 42 countries to identify the biggest corporate polluters.

In October, Greenpeace International released the Crisis of Convenience report, based on a survey to 11 of the biggest fast-moving consumer goods companies globally. Despite some of these companies publicly signing a voluntary, non-binding commitment to tackle the crisis, the report revealed that none of the companies surveyed currently have comprehensive plans to move away from single-use packaging; on the contrary, most of them have plans to increase the overall amount of plastic packaging they produce.

So now we are deploying the Greenpeace ships; the Rainbow Warrior and the Beluga, to tell the global story of where plastic pollution really starts and ends. We are rallying supporters worldwide to help hold these companies accountable and to make sure they follow up on their words with bold action. Because we don’t need more talk—we need concrete, urgent action to stop plastic pollution at the source!

Greenpeace’s flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, has been surrounded by giant single-use plastic items in Mediterranean waters. The action seeks to make visible the invisible, and to denounce the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, especially in the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s time for Nestlé, Unilever, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo., Colgate, Danone, Johnson & Johnson and Mars to be transparent about exactly how much plastic packaging they are producing, and make concrete plans to reduce. It’s time for these corporations to invest in alternative ways to deliver their products to us and phase out single-use plastic.

These companies have created a monster, and we are not willing to allow the plastic monster to grow anymore. We need concrete plans for reduction, and we need them now. We need corporations to slay the plastic monster.

Stay tuned for more details about Greenpeace’s ships’ whereabouts in the coming weeks and months and to see how you can get involved!

https://www.ecowatch.com/greenpeace-ships-plastic-pollution-2628640357.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=5db0be179a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-5db0be179a-86074753

Graham Forbes is Greenpeace’s global seafood markets project leader.