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Jul 28, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

A newsletter originally posted on the USDA website read, "One way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the Meatless Monday initiative." After backlash from politicians and agricultural interest groups, the USDA retracted their recommendation, tweeting that the "Statement found on USDA website was posted w/o proper clearance."

The USDA's own food pyramid lists beans, peas, processed soy products, nuts and seeds as protein sources along with meats. The average U.S. diet is unimaginative and heavy on meats, to the detriment of human and environmental health. No one is forcing citizens to give up meat. The Meatless Mondays initiative or similar promotion of non-meat proteins would simply encourage people to be more imaginative in their eating choices and more conscious of how their diets affect their health and the world around them.

Please click here to sign the petition to encourage the USDA to promote meat alternatives and put the health of citizens and the environment above political and financial interests.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:13am
Jul 19, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Rhino poaching deaths in South Africa have risen from an average of about 15 in 2008 to 448 in 2011. South African National Parks wildlife veterinary services head Markus Hofmeyr estimates that at current rates, rhinos could go into decline by 2016 and go extinct in the wild by 2050.

Rhino horns are sold to China and Vietnam for use in medicine thought to relieve cancer symptoms. The horns have fetched up to $60,000 on the black market.

The current poaching and illegal trade practices cannot continue at the current rates. Please sign the petition to urge Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to come to an agreement with China and Vietnam over steps they can take to end rhino slaughter in South Africa.

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Posted: Jul 19, 2012 12:07pm
Jul 16, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The $250 million dollar "Paradise Dam," built in 2005 in Bundaberg, Australia, is a death trap for aquatic life. The $20 million dollar fishways built into the dam do not work, and turtles, fish and eels traveling downstream over the dam are smashed to their death on concrete steps below.

In 22 days, 733 fish were killed as a result of the poor dam design. 152 were large endangered lungfish. The dam's death trap is significantly impacting the numbers of this species.

This rate of carnage cannot continue, especially when an endangered species is at risk. Please sign the petition to convince the Australian Department of Agriculture to promptly address issues with the Paradise Dam.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2012 5:42am
Apr 9, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

For nearly two decades, mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining has been destroying Appalachia's natural landscape and wildlife habitats. Recently, a native woodsman witnessed bulldozers covering the entrance of a black bear den with debris, leaving a crying mother bear and her cubs trapped inside to die.

In addition to hurting bears, the bulldozing and explosions involved in MTR destroy flying squirrel, salamander, mussel and other native animal habitats. Please sign the petition to convince Congress to ban MTR and to enforce legal requirements for coal mining in Appalachia.

Mar 28, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

On March 5, 2012, Windsor, Ontario's city council approved spending $80,000 of this year's budget on a skunk removal program. Advocates of the program made it clear that skunks will be trapped and killed rather than relocated. Ward 3 Coun. Fulvio Valentinis cited community complaints about "nuisance skunks" as a major reason for the decision.

Skunks are peaceful, harmless animals that provide ample warning before spraying in self-defense. In addition to being cruel, trapping skunks is ineffective as a long-term control solution -- the spike in their food supply (insects, rats and other small rodents) will encourage surviving skunks to breed and ultimately increase skunk populations.

Educating community members about yard sanitation and feeding wild animals would more effectively control the nuisance skunk problem without causing harm to skunks and other animals that may fall victim to the traps. Please sign the petition to convince Windsor's city council to end their skunk trapping program.

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Posted: Mar 28, 2012 5:49am
Mar 13, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: Canada

On March 5, 2012, Windsor, Ontario's city council approved spending $80,000 of this year's budget on a skunk removal program. Advocates of the program made it clear that skunks will be trapped and killed rather than relocated. Ward 3 Coun. Fulvio Valentinis cited community complaints about "nuisance skunks" as a major reason for the decision.

Skunks are peaceful, harmless animals that provide ample warning before spraying in self-defense. In addition to being cruel, trapping skunks is ineffective as a long-term control solution -- the spike in their food supply (insects, rats and other small rodents) will encourage surviving skunks to breed and ultimately increase skunk populations.

Educating community members about yard sanitation and feeding wild animals would more effectively control the nuisance skunk problem without causing harm to skunks and other animals that may fall victim to the traps. Please sign the petition to convince Windsor's city council to end their skunk trapping program.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:10pm
Feb 13, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Human tar-sands development in Canada is killing off native caribou. To prevent the caribou population from declining further, the country plans to shoot and poison wolves, their natural predators.

The poison used will be strychnine, a bait used to kill vermin since the 1600s. The country plans to kill additional wolves by shooting them from planes. Both control measures are harmful for the environment and cruel to wolves. Poison bait causes convulsions and may poison non-target animals, and aerial shooting is more likely to wound wolves and make them suffer than kill them instantly.

The National Wildlife Foundation is suggesting that Canada restore natural Caribou environments as an alternative to targeting wolves. Please sign the petition to convince Canada to end their plans to poison and shoot wolves.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:29am
Feb 11, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Human tar-sands development in Canada is killing off native caribou. To prevent the caribou population from declining further, the country plans to shoot and poison wolves, their natural predators.

The poison used will be strychnine, a bait used to kill vermin since the 1600s. The country plans to kill additional wolves by shooting them from planes. Both control measures are harmful for the environment and cruel to wolves. Poison bait causes convulsions and may poison non-target animals, and aerial shooting is more likely to wound wolves and make them suffer than kill them instantly.

The National Wildlife Foundation is suggesting that Canada restore natural Caribou environments as an alternative to targeting wolves. Please sign the petition to convince Canada to end their plans to poison and shoot wolves.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2012 10:24am
Nov 23, 2011
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Every year, phone companies distribute 147 million phone books to consumers in compliance with state laws. As more and more consumers use the Internet to look up business and residential information, these books are becoming increasingly unnecessary. As the listings change little from year to year, many consumers without Internet access find the annual deliveries annoying and wasteful.

Printing and delivering phone books is costly, but state laws require phone companies to distribute them to everyone with a landline. Due to the unwieldy size of these books, most consumers throw away old versions with each new delivery. According to a survey conducted by WhitePages (an online directory unrelated to the printed books), fewer than 16% of respondents recycle their old phone books.

Recycling phone books costs taxpayers an estimated $17 million per year. The majority of books, which aren’t recycled, clutter up homes or build up in landfills and dumping grounds. Most consumers do not want or need regular phone book deliveries. Please sign the petition to allow consumers to opt out of receiving phone books.

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Posted: Nov 23, 2011 8:57am
Oct 31, 2011
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In an effort to balance the budget, U.S. Congress is seriously considering cutting funding for wildlife conservation programs. Though wildlife-related parks and activities increase tourism and create millions of U.S. jobs, some Congress members view wildlife programs as an unnecessary luxury.

Wildlife conservation preserves our national heritage and boosts our economy by generating billions of dollars annually for wildlife-related tourism and recreation. Funding wildlife programs now is less expensive than restoring degraded land and diminishing animal populations in future years.

Please sign the petition to convince Congress to continue funding wildlife programs.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2011 10:38am

 

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