Sign the Petition: Make Big Tobacco Responsible for Their Cigarette Butt Pollution

 

Sea Hugger started this petition to Phillip Morris International
Problem
4.5 Trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year (thetruth.com). Cigarette butts are 98% plastic and take up to 10 years to degrade. Cigarette butts are the most common form of human-made litter in the world, and are the worst ocean contimanant (forbes.com).

Solution
We demand that Phillip Morris International, the largest tobacco company, take responsibilities for the pollution they cause by creating a cigarette filter that is biodegradable, or removing the filters from their products entirely. Research has shown that filtered cigarettes are no safer than unfiltered cigarettes (newyorksmokefree.com)

Personal story
Sea Hugger is a nonprofit organization working to end the environmental devastation of marine plastics through education, promoting plastic alternatives, sponsoring recycling programs abroad, and hosting beach cleanups. To learn more, please visit http://www.seahugger.org

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SIGN PETITION: IMPEACH RASHIDA TLAIB

MRS AMERICAN CITIZEN started this petition to The American People and 1 other

Taken from an investigation file from freebeacon.com into TLAIB campaign donations ..

Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) did not disclose the name of the source of funds for a fellowship that was paid by liberal billionaire George Soros—as required by the House ethics committee—and also disclosed a lesser amount than she received, according to a review of tax and financial disclosure forms.

Freebeacon.com: The Washington Free Beacon obtained the most recent copies of tax forms for a number of Soros’s organizations, including the Open Society Institute, the legal name for the Open Society Foundations, the entity in which Soros pushes millions in funding to a number of liberal causes and organizations.

An expenditure of $85,307 to Rashida Tlaib in Detroit, Mich., from 2017 is shown on page 97 of the 321-page report to “to increase involvement of disenfranchised urban communities of color with their local governance process by creating a community benefits strategy for equitable development and creating a leadership training for impacted residents focused on negotiation skills and identifying leverage at the local level.”

https://www.change.org/p/impeach-rashida-tlaib?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=14156819&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAEWW1wAAAAAAXDzEqZ3U3TkyMTI0Y2Y1ZA%3D%3D

Sign the Petition: Equal Health Benefits for Federal Employees who Served in the National Guard and Reserves

BEN BANCHS started this petition to U.S. Senate and 1 other

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) provides members of the National Guard and Reserves access to quality, low-cost, health insurance. However, since Federal employees who are also Reservists are eligible for health coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program, they are prohibited from purchasing TRS. In other words, these employees are subject to all the requirements of being a Reservist, including combat deployments and emergency response duty as members of the Guard, but are prevented from taking full advantage of the benefits available to them as Reservists due to a legal technicality.

From an employee-perspective, TRS is a much more affordable program. The average FEHB monthly employee premium for family coverage in 2017 (of all fee-for-service nationwide plans combined) wss approximately $380 per month, compared to $218 for TRS. This means that, on average, an employee is ‘penalized’ $2,000 more per year for health coverage than their part-time counterparts. The ‘penalty’ reaches $4,000 more per year when you compare TRS to the $551/mo. for Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Standard plan (the most popular FEHB plan since 1990). That difference increases every year as FEHB premiums go up.

We urge Congress to fix this inequity by amending Federal law to allow Federal employees who are members of the Guard and Reserve access to TRS.

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Sign the Petition: The People’s Urgent Petition To Prevent Future Federal Shutdowns

Rockefeller Twyman started this petition to UNITED STATES CONGRESS-URGENT

THE PEOPLE’S URGENT PETITION TO PREVENT FUTURE FEDERAL SHUTDOWNS-SIGN TODAY

Because Presidents and members of Congress have continued to use financially devastating Federal shutdowns to advance political agendas, we call for the Congress to immediately draw up a constitutional amendment to prevent this from ever happening again. The latest Trump shutdown is destroying the lives of millions of families of federal workers and contractors. These furloughs are hurting our businesses that employ many Americans.

The scenes of trash at our national parks and monuments make us the laughingstock of the world.

The politicians listed below have proven their ability to reach across the aisle. The expertise of constitutional law professors CongressmanJamie Raskins, my Maryland Congresspersonhi and President Obama will be invaluable in shaping this amendment. They must begin research on this critical issue IMMEDIATELY.

Because President Trump has threatened an unprecedented shutdown for years over the border wall, this Committee must go to work immediately to draft this critical piece of legislation.

The BIPARTISAN Shutdown Constitutional Committee should include but not be limited to the following people:

Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush

Senators Cory Gardner and Lisa Murkowski

Congresspersons Jamie Raskins and Eleanor Holmes Norton

Because many of our supporters believe that human efforts to solve this crisis have utterly failed, we call for a Higher Being to help and intervene. In order to receive truly Divine Guidance for ending this Shutdown, it is our prayer that the current high level meetings between Trump and Democrats be opened with prayer. We know from our personal religious experiences that this simple recognition of the sovereignty of God will bring this shutdown nightmare to a conclusion.

Weather permitting, concerned citizens and furloughed workers are asked to join us on Capitol Hill for a picket/protest and prayer vigil rally for No More Shutdowns and a Constitutional Amendment to Prevent Future Shutdown on Tuesday, January 8 from 1 to 3 PM in front of the US House of Representatives.

WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PREVENT FUTURE FEDERAL SHUTDOWNS NOW!

SIGN OUR URGENT PETITION NOW!

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-urgent-the-urgent-petition-for-a-constitutional-amendment-to-prevent-future-federal-shutdowns?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=14156819&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uACLT1wAAAAAAXDy87Lt40%2BQ1MmIyMTE4MQ%3D%3D

Contact: Rocky Twyman, Founder

Pray at the Pump Movement

301-768-1076 or rlt5401@yahoo.com

Petition · Ro Khanna: Remove Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer from office · Change.org

Remove Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer from office
Jerry Hall started this petition to Congressman – California 17th District Ro Khanna

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are endangering the lives of US citizens by not allowing proper Border Protection and they are preventing the president of the United States the ability to do his job which is to protect our borders and the US citizens. They are irresponsible to their positions in representing the citizens of the United States
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Petition · Donald Trump: Allow military members to decide if they want to pay for a meal card or not · Change.org

Allow military members to decide if they want to pay for a meal card or not
Ryan Hummell started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 2 others

Our great men and women of the military deserve the right to choose how their money is spent. Currently, troops living in the barracks are forced to pay $370 a month for a meal card to eat at the chow hall. Chow hall hours don’t line up with everybody’s schedule, and often times, people are forced to spend extra money on food. On weekends, the chow halls are only open for 2 meals a day. From a financial standpoint, it is easily possible to buy a months worth of food for less than what comes out for BAS. Our military gets paid little as it is, they should be afforded the right to decide on how they pay for their food.

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-allow-military-members-to-decide-if-they-want-to-pay-for-a-meal-card-or-not?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13123180&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAAHozQAAAAAAXDy4FaX5aP05NGZjYjllMg%3D%3D

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Sign the Petition: require the VA to provide service dogs to veterans in need.

Hannah M started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 7 others

Our military veterans are heroes. They face struggles that we couldn’t imagine, and they do it selflessly to protect our great country. However, their transition home can often be just as difficult because of mental and physical ailments from their service. The waitlist for the VA is far too long to quickly handle the care of every returning veteran, but their medical needs are urgent. Some of these needs can only be treated through direct medical care, but other needs can be met through a service dog.

Service dogs can be trained to care for people with PTSD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and many other conditions. Furthermore, these dogs can ensure that the veteran is never alone while dealing with these conditions.

Currently, the VA offers service dogs to those with hearing/sight loss and mobility impairments. However, they do not offer dogs to veterans with psychological issues, such as PTSD. I am advocating that, as part of the VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluation process, the VA offer dogs to all veterans diagnosed with psychological or physical conditions.

This small step would make a massive difference in the lives of these men and women. They’ve given everything for us. Let’s give back to them.

https://www.change.org/p/require-the-va-to-provide-service-dogs-to-veterans-in-need?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13123180&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uABKH0QAAAAAAXDyzS%2FDxV7tlMTRmMjliZA%3D%3D

Petition · Senate Armed Services Committee: Stop Penalizing Veterans Retired from the Military Due to Service‑Incurred Disabilities · Change.org

Stop Penalizing Veterans Retired from the Military Due to Service‑Incurred Disabilities
Kevin Reinholz started this petition to U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Senate Armed Services Committee and 1 other

Until recently, military retirees who were also rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being at least 50% disabled as a result of their military service were forced to choose between receiving either their military pension OR disability compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congress partially corrected this injustice, recognizing that a military pension is earned compensation for a service member’s faithful service to our nation and a promised benefit for his or her military service (10 USC, Chapters 61-67), and disability compensation is an entirely separate benefit, administered through a separate government agency, to compensate all veterans (not just retirees) for service-connected injuries or illnesses, provided the injury is connected to the veteran’s military service and the veteran was not dishonorably discharged. (38 USC §§ 1110, 1131).

Military retirees were being unjustly penalized for suffering incurable injuries or diseases in the service of our nation by being denied a benefit (disability compensation) available to any veteran who served any length of time in uniform, lest they be required to surrender their earned military retirement/pension in order to avoid receiving “dual compensation.” This situation was particularly cruel when one considers that injured retirees, unlike perfectly healthy retirees, have fewer opportunities to obtain and maintain meaningful employment due to their service‑connected injuries or illnesses. They sacrificed their health and wellness to serve our country, and we denied them either their earned military pension OR the disability compensation they were entitled to, in spite of their being otherwise eligible for both, in the name of saving money.

The fix to this injustice is codified at 10 USC § 1414. That law states that military retirees who are eligible for both a military pension (retired pay) AND who are rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being at least 50% disabled as a result of their military service need not choose between receiving their full pension or receiving disability compensation, but may finally receive both.

As positive a step as this law and subsequent amendments to it were, there is still a group of disabled military retirees who are left out and penalized financially for becoming injured or ill in the service of our nation: military retirees who were retired with less than 20 years of qualified service due to a service-connected disability.

While one might argue that having served less than 20 years, those military retirees who were retired due to a military service-connected disability may justly be forced to choose between pension benefits and VA disability compensation, this particular class of military retirees actually has a greater need to receive both benefits. For starters, military service members involuntarily retired due to a service‑connected disability prior to completing 20 years of service have already incurred a significant financial penalty in the form of a greatly reduced pension, as military pension amounts are calculated according to the member’s highest 36 months of basic pay multiplied by either their service disabling disability percentage (which is NOT the same as their VA disability rating, and is normally far less) or a calculation involving their length of service, whichever method is more beneficial to the service member. A career cut short due to disability incurred in the line of duty is a career with a significantly lower final pay (or last 36 months) than a career allowed to continue to 20 years’ fruition.

Changing the law to ease this restriction would not “open the floodgates” to all disabled veterans. But for an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty, that is, disability due to the member’s military service, the service member will not be retired from the military for disability but will simply be discharged as unsuited for further military service. Members retired for disability must already face significant scrutiny over their injuries or illness, and a painful, protracted review process that routinely exceeds 2 years, before a decision in favor of military retirement for disability might possibly be reached.

A military member forcibly retired due to an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty, and rated as 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, has little to no hope of ever securing meaningful employment once forcibly retired from the military. In contrast, a 20-year retiree with a 50% VA disability rating might thrive in a sedentary (e.g. office) job and secure significant earnings in addition to his or her dual military pension and VA disability compensation. Thus, the 100% disabled retiree should not be penalized for having his or her military career cut short due to a severe service‑connected disability. On the contrary, his or her sacrifice should be honored and dual compensation allowed just as it is for the 20 year retiree with a 50% disability rating.

Therefore, I propose to amend 10 USC § 1414 by deleting subparagraph (b) in its entirety, or in the alternative to amend subparagraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

(2) Disability retirees with less than 20 years of service.-Subsection (a) does not apply to a member retired under chapter 61 of this title with less than 20 years of service otherwise creditable under section 1405 of this title, or with less than 20 years of service computed under section 12732 of this title, at the time of the member’s retirement, unless the disability retiree has at least 10 years of service or is eligible for veterans’ disability compensation for a qualifying service-connected disability or disabilities rated either individually or cumulatively at 100 percent.

The longest enlistment length is 6 years, so by serving at least 10 years, a service member has essentially indicated his/her intent to make a career of military service. Being forcibly retired early due to a service-connected disability is a traumatic and heartbreaking occurrence for many disability retirees, who would have continued serving until 20 years but for becoming injured or ill in the line of duty. Likewise, a retiree rated as 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs is in a dire situation, and unlikely to be able to obtain or maintain meaningful employment. Adding either or both categories of disability retirees to 10 USC § 1414(a)’s allowance of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation not only further corrects the injustice partially remedied by 10 USC § 1414, but assists our most vulnerable military retirees in maintaining some semblance of a decent standard of living.

If any group of Americans is deserving of a financial benefit (or in this case, removal of an unjust financial penalty codified in law), it is military retirees who became injured or ill in the service of our nation. Therefore, I urge Congress to amend 10 USC § 1414 by either deleting subparagraph (b) in its entirety, or in the alternative by amending subparagraph (b)(2) as indicated above. To do so would make a world of difference in the lives of many military retirees who answered their nation’s call and were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of all that this country stands for, and indeed have sacrificed their health and future employability serving our nation.

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Petition · Dock Congressional Pay When Government Shuts Down · Change.org

Dock Congressional Pay When Government Shuts Down
Thomas Howard started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and 1 other

My oldest daughter came to visit on Christmas day with the expectation that she would be receiving a furlough notice after the holidays. I am a retired transportation executive and a former Marine in my early 70’s. Katie has worked for the federal government for almost 27 years. We disagree on most domestic political issues, and we vote for different parties. But we found common ground when we started talking about the current partial government shutdown.

Our country is in a difficult place. We are divided on so many issues, even within our families. But we can all agree that when the government shuts down, the wrong people pay for it. It’s time for Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members to be docked salary when they don’t decide on annual budgets before the start of a new fiscal year.

Continuing resolutions and government shutdowns waste taxpayer dollars year after year. Congress should be making tough decisions about how much the government should spend and for what. When they refuse to make decisions about the annual budgets of federal agencies, they create waste and chaos – without facing any consequences. Members of Congress and their senior staff are receiving their salaries during the shutdown even though they created it. Federal workers did their jobs, but they are not.

When we were together over the holidays, Katie shared some frustration about working under Continuing Resolutions year after year, regardless of which party has a majority in Congress. In the 26+ years that she has worked for the government, it has been shut down six times. Every time it looks like federal employees might be furloughed because of lapses in federal appropriations, agencies have to prepare furlough notices for thousands of employees and develop shutdown plans. This wastes millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours.

While the things we want Congress to fund and tax are different, my daughter and I agree that Congress’s failure to make decisions is seriously bad for the health of our democracy.

This is not the first time Katie has been furloughed, but when it happened in 1995 she was single and had no children. Twenty-three years later, she and her husband have three kids, two of whom are still at home. He is also a federal employee. It’s scary not knowing when the next paycheck is coming, even when you are pretty sure that the money will come eventually.

Wherever you stand on the policies and funding that are being debated during this shutdown, please join us to make sure every Member of Congress, every Senator and every senior member of the Administration knows that We the People expect them to do their job. And if they’re not going to do it, then they shouldn’t be paid.

The House of Representatives should introduce a bill to change Congressional pay regulations so future Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members will face direct financial consequences when they cause a government shutdown.

https://www.change.org/p/dock-congressional-pay-when-government-shuts-down/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=475490&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=HN59zdK007tLL%2bIgCs05Zfh%2bZi4IX8wEVMWErMe%2fzVwQptMQSUJbRtjcaxjWOWvV&j=475490&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=66139508&mid=7233053&jb=206

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Petition · Department of Veterans Affairs: Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits · Change.org

Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits
Stacy Philllips started this petition to Department of Veterans Affairs

Here we are in 2019 and I had to reopen the petition for Dan Parks, because yet again the VA has failed this Veteran. Dan went through the appeal process in the Summer of 2018. However, at the end of 2018 Dan received a letter from the VA that stated they couldn’t find the transcript from his appeal. This means he has to start over again for his disability benefits.

News story on Dan’s appeal transcripts being lost


Our family friend, Dan Parks, is a U.S. Navy veteran that fought throat cancer. He was discharged from the military, partially, to end his exposure to ionizing radiation during his work in a weapons and ammunition facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is denying his claim for disability benefits – despite letters from the VA’s own doctors stating that Dan’s exposure likely caused his cancer. Dan needs your help to get the VA to change their decision before it’s too late.

Dan was stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, where he worked with ordinance. During his time at the base, he was also exposed to ionized radiation. Fast-forward a few decades later and has Dan suffered from throat cancer. He now has to plug a hole in his throat to talk; a side effect of the cancer.

Dan’s discharge paperwork from the Navy includes a stamp saying he was being discharged, in part, due to the radiation exposure.

Multiple doctors with the VA have written letters saying there is a better than even chance that the cancer was caused by Dan’s radiation exposure during his time in the Navy. But the VA has denied his disability claim. The reason? They say there’s no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy.

As Dan says, “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?”

Dan’s been fighting for benefits for three years. He filed an appeal, but the VA won’t review it for another 18 months. Time is running out. He needs access to life-saving treatment before it’s too late.

Please sign this petition calling on the VA to accept their own doctors’ assessments and grant Dan Parks needed health benefits due to the radiation exposure he endured while serving our country.

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-veterans-affairs-help-veteran-with-cancer-caused-by-serving-our-country-receive-va-benefits/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=475980&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=HN59zdK007tLL%2bIgCs05ZWBWnZmDNV3FPmibtLjsM5WMrK2S%2bByBRRM7efINncB1&j=475980&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=66158859&mid=7233053&jb=358

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Sign Petition: Cami the Beloved Giraffe Just Became the Third Giraffe to Die at This Zoo in a Month

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf

78,245 SUPPORTERS – 80,000 GOAL

Giraffes at the Columbus Zoo are dropping like flies. On December 8th, Cami a beloved female giraffe was the third to die in just 30 days, all due to birth-related problems.

The other giraffe deaths included a newborn calf who died just weeks after it had been born and one of Cami’s own calves. When Cami’s caretakers noticed her calf was due to come out hooves first, the staff decided to perform a C-section on her but, according to reports, the calf was born with serious congenital defects and it died shortly after delivery.

Four days after her C-section, Cami herself became ill, and on December 8th, she collapsed and died shortly after.

Cami and the other two giraffes are victims of the Columbus Zoo’s breeding program. Like many other zoos, the Columbus zoo breeds certain animals like giraffes not to help their dwindling populations, but to refill their stock and bring extra cash to the zoo’s coffers. All of us know that baby animals are cute, and zoos often experience booms when famous or “big ticket” animals have young. They are a surefire way to get a quick cash injection.

If the zoo really has the best interest of their animals in mind, they should stop their misguided program. Breeding has already resulted in the loss of three beautiful giraffes.

Tell the Columbus Zoo to do the right thing. Sign the petition and tell them to end their giraffe breeding program today.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/974/742/890/

 

Sign Petition: The Silent Extinction of Giraffes Just Got Even Worse

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Government leaders of Nigeria, Malawi, and Senegal

48,660 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

Giraffes haven’t been having a good few months. First, last November, a newborn calf died just weeks after it had been born. Then, at the same zoo, another giraffe gave birth resulting in the death of both the cow, a beloved giraffe named Cami and her calf.

But as if that wasn’t bad enough, the news for Giraffes has just gotten worse: they have just been added to the endangered species list.

Many people are unaware that the Giraffe is in danger. According to a 2016 survey, there are less than 100,000 of them in the wild. In fact there are are more elephants on Earth than giraffes. Since over the last generation, almost 40% of the species has been lost, their slow disappearance, has been called the “silent extinction.”

Giraffes are in this dire situation because of two main reasons; human encroachment into their habitat and poaching. Construction and other industries have pushed the giraffe off their principal grazing lands and locals in some areas rely on giraffe meat for food or sell it for profit. According to the Rothschild’s Giraffe Project, “freshly severed heads and giraffe bones” can bring in nearly $150. Considering that over half the people in Africa live on less than a $1.25 day. Giraffe poaching is a lucrative business.

While some giraffe species are holding stable, others are so close to disappearing that they have been designated “critically endangered”. The next classification is “extinct in the wild,” meaning the animal can no longer sustain its population naturally.

Giraffes are some of the most famous animals in Africa, but now, like elephants, rhinos and cheetahs they too are in trouble. The countries in which the giraffe roam must do more to protect these iconic African beasts. Nigeria, Malawi, and Senegal, for example, all have declining giraffe populations. They must take action.

Please sign the petition and ask government leaders of Nigeria, Malawi, and Senegal to implement programs to save their giraffes from poaching and habitat loss.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/827/824/560/the-silent-extinction-giraffes-have-just-been-given-some-really-bad-news/

US Senator Wyden: Trump DOE Wants To Reinterpret Statutory Definition Of High-Level Nuclear Waste – Comment Deadline Wednesday Night 11:59 PM ET

Mining Awareness +

Comment here till Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 1159 pm Eastern Time (DC, NYC, etc): https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOE_FRDOC_0001-3696

See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/trump-perry-doe-plan-to-reclassify-high-level-nuclear-waste-as-low-level-through-an-orwellian-stroke-of-a-pen-comment-by-wed-night-1159-pm-eastern-time-january-9th/

US Senator “Wyden said DOE’s push to reinterpret the definition of high-level radioactive waste is of great importance to Oregonians because the department’s Hanford Reservation in Washington is on the banks of the Columbia River. Hanford contains the largest share of DOE’s high-level radioactive waste inventory – about 56 million gallons stored in 177 underground storage tanks, Wyden wrote.

The senator noted that DOE proposes to reinterpret not just its own definition of high-level waste, but also the statutory definition of high-level waste.  Wyden wrote that narrowing the scope of what’s considered high-level waste “is departing from longstanding policies and legal interpretations.”

He wrote that “lowering the bar for level of protection of future generations and the environment by changing the definition of what has always been considered high-level…

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Sign Petition: Stop the Waste Dump and Save Our Water Supply!

by: Joe Sireno
recipient: Citizens of Vernon Township, NJ, Sussex, NJ

9 SUPPORTERS in Sussex

2,715 SUPPORTERS – 20,000 GOAL

STOP THE WASTE DUMP – SAVE VERNONS WATER SUPPLY!

For years a resident of our town has been profiting by turning his residentially zoned property into a construction waste dump. Every day dump trucks, some without license plates or surface graphics identifying their ownership, show up at 3 Silver Spruce Lane in Vernon, dumping loads of mixed construction waste of seriously questionable content. The only way to confirm if there is or is not a significant danger to the health of the citizens and especially the children of Vernon is to do independent water well, water run-off and deep core soil testing on a scheduled basis underneath the mountains of waste created by this practice.

What’s at stake: Nothing less than the safety of our water supply, the health of our children, the value of our homes and our community’s ability to grow and thrive. Numerous attempts have been made to seek proper redress by various good citizens of our town like Peg and Pat Destasi and many others. Mayor Harry J. Shortway and congressman Josh Gottheimer are fully aligned with our cause and have acted aggressively on our behalf to the extent possible so far. Now it’s time for all of us to stand up, be counted and to join this important effort.

We, the citizens of Vernon, NJ, therefore demand the NJDEP take immediate action to halt any further dumping on Mr. Joseph Wallace’s property or any other tract of land within the boundaries of Vernon, NJ until such time as a thorough and exhaustive testing is done to the earth and water beneath the sites used for the dumping of waste. If pollutants are found that compromise soil and or water, we further demand that the NJDEP permanently stop the dumping, enforce all appropriate laws and require the immediate remediation of the sites in question.

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY! Join us as we demand legal actions be taken by the NJDEP. Please “like” our Facebook Page for news, public meeting dates and updates on our progress.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/338/838/447/

 

Petition: Japan Is About to Start Slaughtering Even More Whales

by: Judy Molland
recipient: Japanese Government

39,173 SUPPORTERS – 40,000 GOAL

Japan announced December 26 that it was pulling out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

“We have decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year,” Japanese Cabinet Chief Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Commercial whaling has been illegal since 1986, but Japan has flouted the ban several times. Now the country is declaring that it is leaving the IWC in order to pursue the slaughter of whales.

This is a barbaric and destructive practice. If you agree, please sign my petition urging Japan to return to the IWC and not resume whaling for profit.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/826/671/977/

 

Petition: Save 6M acres of Florida wetlands from destruction

by: Ellen Fishel
recipient: Rick Scott DEP Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

35,827 SUPPORTERS – 40,000 GOAL

It was just published today in the paper that the Trump Administration is looking into developing 6 million acres of Florida wetlands for commercial development. This came about after a huge rollback in environmental regulations, which will cause half of Florida wetlands to lose federal protection.

This will destroy not only the delicate environment of the Everglades, but also the precious water supply that is so desperately needed here.

The Everglades are already in danger because of development 30 years ago!!! Scientists are trying to restore the Everglades! It can never go back to its original state. We seem to always overlook our precious environment, our beautiful planet as $$$ always seem to be at the forefront!!

I am saddened to think our government would even think of destroying such a delicate ecosystem and all the animals and wildlife who live there. What are we leaving for future generations? We already have red tide here in part due to contaminated water that is feeding this bloom. What happens when the Everglades are turned upside down???

I would like to see this stopped and legislation passed that cannot be turned over by ANYONE to save the Wetlands. Please sign the petition to demand that the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency REVERSE this rule change, and to demand that Congress pass laws to protect this precious land, once and for all!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/910/168/211/?z00m=31189648&redirectID=2798991659

 

Action Alert: Gray wolf delisting Bill could make it into a large spending bill before Congress.

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

It’s unlikely that a senate version of the House H.R. 6784 will make into the senate. It barely passed the House, but could now be added to spending bills as a rider.

During a town hall meeting in Rhinelander Friday, Congressman Sean Duffy was asked about the bill which he authored which would return wolf management to the states.

The bill passed the U.S. House, but Duffy said it is unlikely to make it through the Senate…

“…I can’t get a stand-alone bill out of the (U.S.) Senate. A lot of Senators, Democrats and Republicans who say they support it don’t want to work for it. You can look at who that is yourself. I’m trying to get it into the end of the year Omnibus package to pass with this big spending bill….”

This bill will go in to large ominous spending bills as riders and would return Gray…

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Petition: Congress passed u.s. bill against the capturing of orcas and other cetaceans

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Kylie Anderson started this petition to U.S. Senate and 3 others

On October 24th, 2018, Canada finally passed the S-203 bill which outlaws the capturing of whales and dolphins, and placing them into captivity. Happy to hear this news, I researched the action that the US is taking with this unheeded issue, and it did not come as a surprise to me when I essentially found nothing beyond outdated petitions and articles only discussing the status of the matter.

However, according to Michigan State University’s animal law info base, it was said in 2010 that, “There are currently no laws in the US prohibiting the housing of orca whales in captivity; rather laws that specifically allow for the capture of wild orcas for purposes of entertainment and scientific research. The United States relies instead on maintaining its captive whale population through breeding programs of whales already living in captivity. While there is no law prohibiting the display of orcas, there are laws that govern those facilities that house them.”

We need to guarantee the protection of these animals, rather than valuing the immoral cooperations that house them. The primary laws governing the facilities housing orca whales are the Animal Welfare Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which only serve to ensure a permit and regulations of the animal and its “environment”. Yet there are still no laws in place to ban the cruel capturing and imprisonment of orcas and other cetaceans in the United States.

Since 1961, SeaWorld has taken in over 156 orcas into captivity, and of those 156 whales, 129 of them have died in the span of 58 years. In the wild, however, orcas have a life expectancy of about 50 to 90 years old, while most of these SeaWorld orcas only live to see about 15 or 25 years old, if that. As of right now, SeaWorld continues to hold over 21 orcas in their three parks in the United States, and while each of the parks have said to discontinue the orca performances, these animals are still being held in concrete tanks each day for hours at a time, driving them to the point of insanity.

Though over the last few years, SeaWorld have responded to the backlash of their controversial reputation, they have only made minuscule improvements in a problem that is larger than they know. If the capturing of cetaceans continues, the species will only become more endangered and the orca population, as we know it, will ultimately cease to exist. It is time to finally free these innocent and beautiful animals.

https://www.change.org/p/congress-pass-u-s-bill-against-the-capturing-of-orcas-and-other-cetaceans?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=twitter_us

Fourth Petition Justice for Sota· Ajuntament de Barcelona: Que se tomen medidas contra el policia que ha matado de un tiro q una perrita inofensiva #JusticiaparaSota @bcn_ajuntament · Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/ajuntament-de-barcelona-que-se-tomen-medidas-contra-el-policia-que-ha-matado-de-un-tiro-q-una-perrita-inofensiva-justiciaparasota-bcn-ajuntament?pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJap1gAAAAAAXBupSbLlfc5iMzJhMzNiYw%3D%3D&source_location=topic_page

Third Petition · Ayuntamiento de Barcelona: Justicia para Sota · Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-de-barcelona-justicia-para-sota?recruiter=2999812&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_email_copy_en_gb_4.v1.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi.pacific_email_copy_en_us_3.control.pacific_email_copy_en_us_5.v1.lightning_2primary_share_options_more.control&utm_term=share_petition

Second Petition on Change.org “Justice for Sota”

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IT IS NOT SAFE TO HAVE POLICEMEN ON THE STREETS OF BARCELONA WHO FEAR UNTHREATENING ANIMALS!!!

One said policeman shot Sota, the dog of a homeless person who was selling bracelets in front of Hotel Gran Via. This man had been selling bracelets in this same area for many years already. There are many eyewitnesses and they all say the dog barked, nervous about what the policemen were doing to his owner. The murdering policeman claims the dog bit him and that’s why he shot him but none of the witnesses’ testimonies back up his story. Let’s do everything we can so this policeman is NEVER AGAIN IN A POSITION TO KILL AN ANIMAL AS AN OFFICER OF THE LAW.

his://www.change.org/p/ada-colau-justice-for-sota?recruiter=34637659&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Petition: Prohibit bear bile farms

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Prohibit bear bile farms

Yesterday I read that a mother bear escaped from her cage and drowned her baby to save her from a lifetime of suffering in a bile farm, then killed herself by banging her head against a wall. I cry and I still get goose bumps when I think about that scene and all that these bears suffer in these places where they are “milked” bile throughout their lives until they die from exhaustion or some infection from open wounds that have. Imagine living that way for more than 30 years, I would also think about committing suicide.

In many countries in Asia, such as China, there are these farms where the bears live in small cages called “crush” that are deliberately small so that the animals can not move, constantly hooked to a catheter that drains the bile while the animals live constantly drugged.

The bears that survive this constant torture of decades, unable to produce more bile, are killed and their body is sold.

It is time for all of us to fight to end these farms of torture, abuse and death.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/prohibit-bear-bile-farms.html?fl

Petition: Increase punishment for animal abuse

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Increase punishment for animal abuse

In Argentina, animal abuse is not penalized as it should be. Nobody cares about the suffering of these beings who can not defend themselves against the evil of people. It is necessary that this be reversed, it is necessary that everyone get involved, the protectors, and the associations that deal with and can not cope! Nobody helps them, they can not do it anymore, and the abandonment and cruelty is more evident and it is increasingly increasing. WE MUST STOP IT !!!! THE LAWS CAN DO IT !!!!

So that it ends once and for all the abuse of animals. So that the life of the animal has its value as that of a human being and harder laws are made against those that attempt against the life of an animal. The animal is a living being and deserves respect, care and protection !!

The law has to protect animals against abusers.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/increase-punishment-for-animal-abuse.html

Sign Petition: Limbani the Chimp Is Not a Toy

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Zoological Wildlife Foundation Miami

69,104 SUPPORTERS -70,000 GOAL

Dog’s are famously known as man’s best friend, but can they be a chimp’s best friend too? That’s what the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) in Miami wants you to believe. And they have fooled thousands if not millions of people with their supposedly “cute” video showing Bruno, an African Mastiff and baby chimpanzee Limbani playing together.

The video clip really does bring a smile to your face until you realize that ZWF — a zoo that says they are dedicated to conservation — shouldn’t allow Limbani to play with dogs or any other domesticated animals at all. Rather, he should be playing with his own kind and learning how to be a chimp.

ZWF’s mission seems to have been compromised since instead of working to rehabilitate their animals and educate their public they are making thousands off letting their guests pay to pet and take pictures with their menagerie. The practice commonly referred to as “wildlife selfies,” has been widely panned in recent years with exposés in several major publications about the harm these animals can endure so people can get their perfect shot.

In fact Tinder and Instagram have both launched campaigns to encourage people to avoid taking and uploading wildlife selfies.

What’s worse is that by posting photos of Limbani dressed in cute baby clothes, ZWF is sending a message that chimps are not only cute but could make great pets, which is not the case. Like most baby animals baby chimps are adorable but once they hit a certain age, they can become incredibly unpredictable and dangerous. And what will happen to Limbani then? Where will he go? Will he be able to interact with other chimps when all he knows is human contact?

Sign the petition and ask ZWF to stop allowing guests to have animal play time and take selfies. Ask the park to dedicate itself to conservation like it says it does or give animals like Limbani to real sanctuaries where they can have a life as close to normal as possible.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/809/337/251/

 

Approximately 3K Activists Protest The Unjust Death of Sota

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Tauri is frightened, it was a terrorist attack, Sota slept with me,wake up with me, she showed me more love than my own family. Sota was a lovely dog everybody loved.

Approximately 3k protest the unjust death of Sota who was killed by a  police officer in Barcelona. As they silently stood by plaza sant Jaume the only sound that could be heard was that of a dog.

Check out @WorldAnimalNews’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WorldAnimalNews/status/1076730413001826304?s=09

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PETITION…https://nackpets.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/petition-justice-for-the-little-dog-murdered-by-the-urban-guard-in-barcelona/

Petition:Stop Japan’s Whale Slaughter

fe4e728b2427f87e302ce44dc7a7bfaec32c1e25-735x4001954676613.jpegJapan reportedly plans to resume cruel commercial whaling, putting millions of these vulnerable creatures at risk. Japan is responsible for a good portion of the near-genocide of whales, despite having been part of the IWC for over 60 years. Sign this petition to demand they remain in this organization, and stop their whaling for good.

Source: Stop Japan’s Whale Slaughter

Let’s save the jaguars from the Mayan Train!

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Many specialists agree that the construction of the so-called Mayan Train could put at risk the natural habitat of the jaguars, as well as the aquifers of the region that form the largest reserve of fresh water in the entire country. These aquifers are essential for the entire fauna, since it feeds the plants and animals that live in the region.

If there is a Mayan train, walls would be erected that would restrict the jaguar from one area to another, which would cause it to be unable to find a mate to reproduce with other animals generically far away, which would cause them to have less genetic variability and that provoke consanguinity, making them border to have less chance of survival.

We must also take into account accidents that could happen, the noise generated by the trains, which would alter the quiet life of the region.

We can not allow the jaguar, an animal that our ancestors have valued, protected and adored, to be brought to extinction by the construction of a train.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/lets-save-the-jaguars-from-the-mayan-train.html

Stop Trump Administration From Letting Oil Companies Determine Environmental Rules

Lobbyists for Big Oil have been allowed by the EPA to alter air pollution research which dictates environmental regulations. Sign this petition to demand that the Trump Administration stop giving Big Oil control over our environmental policies.

Source: Stop Trump Administration From Letting Oil Companies Determine Environmental Rules

Prevent Disease and Help Deer Populations

Deer and other forest animals are dying from an elusive disease. Urge politicians to contribute funding and resources to the solution to this issue.

Source: Prevent Disease and Help Deer Populations

Prevent Further Animal Deaths at National Park

Forty-two years old and one of the last of his kind: now this awe-inspiring elephant is no more, a victim of the park he called home. Demand the removal of dangerous structures that killed one park elephant and endanger many more.

Source: Prevent Further Animal Deaths at National Park