Summer has started and Care2 members have been as busy as ever starting petitions to make a difference and winning their campaigns.
Barktopia Has Been Saved!
Barktopia, a shelter that saves dogs from euthanasia, feared it would have to move from its present location in Maury County, Tennessee. Neighbors complained that it housed “vicious dogs” and posed a threat. Care2 member Tracy Parsons, a former Barktopia volunteer, started a petition to save Barktopia, a place that, as she wrote, gives dogs “a new chance at life.” More than 3,500 people signed Tracy’s petition. When Barktopia’s staff went before the Maury County Tennessee Board of Zoning Appeals on June 11th, they learned they would be allowed to stay in their current location.
Tasmanian Forests Won’t Be Open to Logging
Last year, the Australian government announced it wanted to delist a huge swathe — 74,000 hectares — of Tasmania’s old growth and high conversation value forests as a World Heritage Site and open them up to logging. All too aware of the 30 years of effort that conservationists and concerned citizens had dedicated to preserving the forests, Care2 member Abby Gee started a petition that more than 70,000 Care2 members signed. At its annual meeting in June in Doha, the Unesco World Heritage Committee declared the Australian government’s proposal to be “feeble” and rejected it outright, saving one of the last expanses of temperate rainforests in the world.
The Shubie Spice Girls Can Stay At Their Home
Cinnamon and Ginger are 21-year-old sister bears who have lived in Shubenacadie Wildlife Park in Nova Scotia since they were orphaned cubs. Known as the Spice Girls, they are the two most popular animals at the park. Then in May, the sisters were given a death sentence when the park announced plans to move two younger bears into their enclosure. Both Cinnamon and Ginger faced euthanasia in a matter of weeks — until Care2 member Liz Hennigar started a petition asking Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources to save them. More than 17,000 Care2 members took action to save Cinnamon and Ginger. In late May, after a veterinarian examined the two sisters and found them to be, despite their age, in overall good health, the park agreed to spare their lives.
9-Year-Old Can Keep His Little Library
Spencer Collins not only likes reading books. He also wants to share his love of reading with others. He built a “little free library” that he placed in front of his house in Leawood, Kansas. Instead of praising his ingenuity, local authorities said Spencer’s library was in violation of a city ordinance about freestanding structures that are not attached to a person’s house. Care2 member Joanna Mechlinkski was one of many outraged by this and started a petition to tell Leawood not to shut down Spencer’s library. In July, Spencer and his family attended a city council meeting at which he said “I want you to allow little free libraries because I love to read” — and the council unanimously decided to allow “little free libraries.”
Trans Teen Is Released From Prison
Even though she was never charged with a crime, a 16-year-old trans girl was placed in solitary confinement in an adult prison in Connecticut in April. The unnamed teen (named “Jane Doe” in court documents) was under the protection of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) after suffering prolonged physical abuse from some of her guardians and being transferred between different juvenile facilities. Eager to offer support, more than 8,000 Care2 members signed a petition asking for the teen to be free. In June, the DCF said it will release Doe to a Massachusetts clinic where all residents can have private rooms and her gender identity will be respected.
Syrian Activist Yara Faris Is Freed
Yara Faris was arrested on December 8, 2013 by Syrian State Security officers. She was detained in the ‘Adra Prison in Damascus and accused of “financing acts of terrorism,” all because she had provided food and assistance to Syrians displaced within their own country as a result of the three-year civil war. Faris was charged under Article 4 of Syria’s 2012 Anti-Terrorism Law — which human rights groups have criticized for its “over-broad definition of ‘terrorism’” — and her case was referred to the Anti-Terrorism Court. Recognizing the injustice of Faris’ detainment, more than 2,700 people signed a Care2 petition started by Amnesty International demanding that Faris be freed. On June 13, Faris was released under a presidential amnesty.
The Gratitude Trail Can Go On This Year
Care2 member Anne Kubitsky created a “gratitude trail” in Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut. It allowed people to share what they’re grateful for by posting messages in a public space. In 2013, the trail received such a positive response that Anne planned to make it even longer this year. But after some complaints, the trail was dismantled. Anne started a Care2 petition that almost 800 people signed. As one supporter, Betsy, wrote, “Why would anyone have an issue with the gratitude trail? When we made our annual trip last summer, we were elated to see such a positive and loving act of creation.” In mid-June, Anne learned that the gratitude trail could return. Here’s more about how other Care2 members are making a difference.
Stop a Show About Teen Who Hunts Endangered Animals
The number of cheetahs, lions, white rhinoceroses and too many other wild animals in Africa is rapidly dwindling. But that hasn’t stopped Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old from Texas, from shooting these endangered animals and posting photos of herself smiling beside them on Facebook. After public outcry, Facebook removed photos of Jones posing with her “trophy kills,” but she also has a show lined up to showcase her “hobby” on the Sportsman Channel in 2015. More than 57,000 Care2 members have signed a petition telling Comcast, DirecTV and the DISH Network not to air this show.
Update About Petition Calling for a Directorate-General for Animal Welfare
Starting a petition can be the first step in creating legislative change. In May, Care2 member Peter Bowen-Walker started a petition demanding the European Union create a specific Directorate-General for Animal Welfare to ensure animal welfare is represented at the highest levels of the EU. The petition now has over 107,000 signatures — and the Vice President of the EU intergroup has agreed to work with him to formulate a motion that will be debated and sent to the EU Commission. Peter needs a million signatures from EU residents to have the EU consider his petition: Can you help him achieve his goal?
Care2 Members in the News
When you sign a Care2 petition, you’re helping to draw attention to a cause another Care2 member is passionate about. And people notice: Petitions started by Care2 members have been featured in CBS News, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. Recent petitions featured in the news included ones demanding the Tony Awards honor sound designers, telling Texas to rescind a rule banning shelters from giving vaccinations, and asking for laws against leaving pets in hot cars. Other Care2 members have been getting well-deserved media attention for their causes, too.
Advocacy never takes a vacation. Start a Care2 petition now to champion an issue you care about and, whether you get a couple hundred signatures or several thousand, let us know! Please send your success stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.