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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
Sep 15, 2011
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
In April 2011, Congress approved a budget rider removing wolves from the endangered species list in five states. Starting on September 3, 2011, hunters in Idaho and Montana received the green light to kill and trap native wolves. 11 wolves have been killed in the week since hunting season began.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, only 566 wolves live in Montana, and 705 in Idaho. Despite these low numbers, Montana has set a kill quota of 220 wolves for the 2011 season, while Idaho has no set limit.

Wolves are a beautiful species that enrich the natural landscape. They control deer and elk populations, which preserves the balance of native plant life. They also control predators such as coyotes, which preserves native species such as snowshoe hares and the Canada lynx.

Please sign the petition to prevent further wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana.

Thank you so much!
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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:37pm

 

 
 
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