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Apr 7, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University recently discovered arsenic in feather meal from poultry raised in U.S. factory farms. Food companies routinely feed arsenic to poultry in order to fight infection and turn their flesh an "appetizing" pink color.

In addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antihistamines and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These drugs were included in poultry feed to keep animals awake longer so they eat more, to calm the animals, and to fight infection, respectively. Fluoroquinolones are already illegal because they can breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria that harm humans. But apparently that hasn't stopped the poultry industry.

Factory farm workers are often unaware of the chemicals they feed to poultry. Obviously, consumers are also unaware of the drugs fed to the animals they eat.

Please sign the petition to keep arsenic, caffeine, antihistamines and fluoroquinolones out of poultry feed.

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Posted: Apr 7, 2012 9:19am
Dec 27, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In malls nationwide, "Pocket Pals" kiosks owned by CBL & Associates are selling tiny, exotic marsupials called sugar gliders. Because of the kiosks' locations in malls and the species' cute appearance, shoppers purchase the animals on impulse like toys, oblivious to their special, long-term needs.

Sugar gliders are playful, nocturnal mammals native to Australia, where they live communally with up to 30 family members. In the U.S., most sugar gliders will live all by themselves in desolate, unfamiliar cages.

Their natural diet consists of native insects, wattle gum and eucalyptus sap, which U.S. shoppers rarely have access to.

Sugar gliders deserve to live in their native habitat, where they can glide, play with their family members and search for food. Shoppers do not need these pets and typically grow bored with them shortly after purchase. Please sign the petition to convince U.S. Congress to outlaw the sale of sugar gliders at malls.

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Posted: Dec 27, 2011 2:47pm
Nov 5, 2011
Focus: Corporate Responsibility
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Many consumers trust Johnson's Baby Shampoo as a safe product to use on their children, due to the iconic "No More Tears" label and classic tagline, "As Gentle to the Eyes as Pure Water." Despite their innocuous packaging, Johnson & Johnson continues to use two potentially carcinogenic chemicals -- dioxane and quaternium-15 -- in baby shampoo sold in the U.S. and several other countries.

Johnson & Johnson currently sells versions of shampoo without these chemicals, but their main shampoo continues to include dioxane and quaternium-15. The company plans to eventually phase out the chemicals, but their timeline for doing so is unclear. According to Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, "Johnson & Johnson clearly can make safer baby shampoo in all the markets around the world, but it's not doing it."

There is no reason to include carcinogenic chemicals in shampoo, especially products used on babies and young children. Please sign the petition to convince Johnson & Johnson to remove carcinogens from their baby shampoo.

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Posted: Nov 5, 2011 11:49am

 

 
 
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