Balloons that are released into the air, both latex and foil, always return to land or water as harmful and potentially deadly litter. The current law in Virginia states that releasing up to 49 balloons is allowable but more than 50 is illegal. We must change this law in the 2021 General Assembly to ban all intentional balloon releases.
The law in Virginia (§ 29.1-556.1. Release of certain balloons prohibited; civil penalty) currently states that ” It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly release or cause to be released into the atmosphere within a one-hour period fifty or more balloons which are (i) made of a nonbiodegradable or nonphotodegradable material or any material which requires more than five minutes’ contact with air or water to degrade and (ii) inflated with a substance which is lighter than air.”
Research has shown that balloon-related litter is one of the most common types of litter on Virginia’s remote beaches. In many cases, more than 100 pieces of balloon related litter, including foil & latex balloons, plastic ribbons & attachments such as plastic discs and laminated notes, have been found on one mile of beach.
We must change the Virginia law to ban all balloon releases, even so-called “biodegradable” balloons. The Balloon Council announced in August, 2018 that it no longer supports balloon releases. Cities and towns all over the country are banning balloon releases. If you are from Virginia, please sign this petition so that we can help to reduce this dangerous type of litter in our environment.
Virginia residents: please be sure to share your location information when signing so we can show the Virginia representatives that Virginians want to see this law change. Thank you!
This petition is jointly run by Animal Liberation Wave and Last Chance for Animals.
하단에서 한국어 확인이 가능합니다. 구글 외에 네이버, 한메일 등 국내 메일 주소를 기입하신 분들은 꼭 서명 직후 해당 주소로 발송된 이메일에서 “최종 확인” 버튼을 눌러주셔야 서명이 완료됩니다!
COVID19 is our wake-up call to redefine the human-animal relationship and to put an end to the consumption of animals. In an attempt to prevent another global pandemic originating from animals, China has moved to end not only wildlife consumption but also the dog meat trade by leaving the animals out of the announced draft list of what is considered ‘livestock’. This leaves South Korea, another remaining major dog-eating country, in shame as they have not taken any action to end this practice.
Filthy dog farms where there are no regulations on hygienic practices were the breeding ground for the canine influenza A H3N2 virus first detected in 2007. They remain a ticking bomb for another zoonotic pandemic of epic proportions. Additionally, just recently, the Chinese government has also taken action by recognizing all dogs as ‘companion animals’ as is the international standard.
South Korea is the only country in the world that systematically breeds and raises dogs for meat. In 3 thousand filthy ‘dog farms’ scattered across the country’s countryside, one million dogs are born, raised, and slaughtered every year. Although a few mayors/governors have tried to drive dog slaughter out from cities or major markets, dog meat is being sold everywhere, all year round. The brutal dog meat trade is an ongoing problem in South Korea.
In 2018, when 2 anti-dog meat petitions historically reached over 200,000 signatures by the South Korean people, the government replied that it will “consider revising the related regulations to remove dogs from the country’s list of livestock.” However, no action of any sort has been taken since then.
We hereby urge South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to remember the government’s declaration in 2018 and announce a road-map to put an end to the dog meat trade. South Korea, the 14th largest economy in the world and one of the most modern countries around the globe must not fall behind. NOW is the time to move in the progressive direction and end the country’s notorious dog meat trade.
Please take action on behalf of the animals by signing and sharing this petition.
청와대에 촉구하세요: 또 다른 팬데믹이 발생하기 전에, 서둘러 한국 개 식용을 끝내야 합니다!
코로나 19 이후 중국에서는 개 식용 철폐가 시작됐습니다. 중국 선전과 주하이 2개 도시가 개 식용을 영구적으로 금지했고, 최근 중국 정부 또한 ‘국가 가축·가금’ 동물 목록을 입법 예고하면서 개를 제외했습니다. 홍콩, 대만 등에 이어 이제는 중국까지 개를 ‘가축’이 아니라 ‘반려동물’로 취급하는 세계적 추세를 따른다면, 남은 것은 한국입니다.
포스트 코로나 시대에도, 한국은 개를 식용으로 집단 번식, 사육하는 ‘개 농장’이 있는 유일한 나라입니다. 전국 방방곡곡 숨겨진 약 3천 개의 개 농장에서는 매년 1백만 마리의 개들이 태어나 고통스럽게 사육되다 죽습니다. 개 도살장은 서울시나 성남 모란시장처럼 사람들의 눈에 띄는 곳에서만 사라졌을 뿐, 개들은 여전히 보이지 않는 곳에서 잔혹하게 도살되고, 전국으로 유통되고 있습니다.
동물 학대 범죄뿐만 아니라 신종 바이러스까지 발생하는 ‘대한민국 개 농장’은 더이상 방치해선 안 됩니다. 지난 2007년, 경기도 김포의 한 개 농장에서는 조류 인플루엔자에서 변이된 새로운 개 인플루엔자 바이러스(H3N2형)가 처음 발견됐으며, 그 후 국내뿐만 아니라 미국, 캐나다까지 확산 중입니다. 학계는 2009년 신종플루 판데믹 당시 바이러스 재조합이 일어나면서, 인간에게 전염될 가능성 역시 커졌다고 보고하고 있습니다. 인간과 점점 가깝게 변이하는 것입니다. 한국 개 농장은 공중 보건의 시한폭탄입니다.
청와대는 지난 2018년 “동물 보호에 대한 관심이 커지는 가운데 동물을 가축으로만 정의한 기존 제도가 시대에 맞지 않는 측면이 있다”며, 「축산법」상 ‘가축’에서 개를 삭제하는 것을 검토하겠다 밝힌 바 있습니다. 청와대는 약속을 잊지 말고, 개 식용을 끝내겠다는 선언과 계획을 내놓아야 합니다.
포스트 코로나 시대에 또 다른 신종 전염병이 발생하는 것을 막기 위해서라도 개 식용 철폐는 반드시 서둘러야 할 과제입니다. 지금, 국제 서명 운동에 동참, 공유하여 청와대에 촉구해주세요!
Golden Eagles are listed as Endangered in New York, and are among the species at risk from poorly sited wind turbines. Photo Taylor Berge/Shutterstock
New York released draft regulations in September to implement the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which was passed into law earlier this year (in April 2020). Twenty-five conservation groups, including ABC, have expressed concern about these draft regulations, which do little to address renewable energy projects’ substantial negative impacts on birds.
The groups propose commonsense solutions that would correct some of the regulations’ major flaws and provide better protection for birds. By incorporating the recommended changes from these bird conservation experts, the State could set a positive precedent for environmentally friendly renewable energy development. But to make this happen, substantial revisions to the current draft regulations would be needed.
The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act is intended to streamline the approval process for wind and solar energy projects as part of the State’s approach to achieving its renewable energy goals. Among other things, the law established a new Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), charged with developing and overseeing the process for renewable energy project development.
In September, the ORES released draft regulations to implement the Act. “Implementation of this major new regulation has proceeded at a breakneck pace,” says Joel Merriman, ABC’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign Director. “Unfortunately, in the draft regulations, very little consideration is given to bird protection. We fully support renewable energy development as part of a broader strategy for combating climate change, but this has to be done in an environmentally responsible manner. That includes taking care of our birds, and so far these regulations fall far short in this area.”
“When the law was being considered, we expressed serious concerns,” says Merriman. “Now that we have seen the draft regulations to implement the law, it’s worse than we feared.”
The draft regulations are paired with uniform standards and conditions for project siting and planning. They lack adequate protections for birds, including appropriate project siting, field studies, and other steps that, if established in the law, would conceivably result in an environmentally balanced approach.
“The draft regulations don’t allow enough time for necessary field studies for wildlife,” says Merriman. “They also dramatically reduce the opportunity for public and expert input in the planning process, and they ignore considerations for the majority of bird species. Worst of all, there is nothing to influence where projects are sited, which is the most important aspect of minimizing impacts to wildlife. This is why we worked with other concerned conservation organizations to clearly articulate the problems with this proposed process, and how some of them might be addressed.”
A total of 25 conservation organizations signed a letter to the State outlining the many deficiencies in the draft regulations. “It’s possible to work around some of the biggest issues in ways that will minimize negative impacts to birds,” says Merriman. “For example, if wildlife field studies are required before a pre-application meeting, there may be enough information to make smart planning decisions in many instances. This is the way things already work in the wind energy industry – it’s no burden to developers and results in better outcomes.”
Merriman continues, “It’s hard to understand: In other arenas, New York has done great things for birds. The State can maintain this commitment by making some improvements to the draft regulations, such as establishing commonsense setbacks from high biodiversity areas and requiring some already-standard field studies to inform project planning. It’s critical that we balance the need for renewable energy development with protecting our vulnerable bird populations.”
ABC thanks the Leon Levy Foundation for its support of ABC’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign.
American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard