Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact.
Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including protecting the LGBTQ community from healthcare discrimination, pushing the U.S. to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Yemen, and demanding a logging ban to protect Koalas.
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1. Stop Elon Musk from Forcing the Residents of Boca Chica Out of Their Homes
The village of Boca Chica is a tiny, quiet, unincorporated community that sits on the southernmost tip of Texas. In 2014, SpaceX, Musk’s pet aerospace project, put down roots in Boca Chica but promised that SpaceX would be unobtrusive when plans were made in 2012. Since then there have been explosions, loud noises, and a fire that have disrupted the lives of the forty Boca Chica residents. Musk now wants to buy and decimate all of their homes. Although around twenty residents have refused to sell their homes, the company continues to bully and manipulate these people, making life in their beautiful village unbearable. The work at SpaceX would also disturb the wildlife — including endangered sea turtles and approximately 500 kinds of birds. Sign this petition to stop Musk’s campaign to take these people’s homes away!
2. Demand a Logging Ban in Koala-Populated Areas in Victoria, Australia
Portland, Australia resident Helen Oakley is one of many Victorians who care about the neighboring koalas and their dwindling territory. In this video, she shows how an area that once had miles of eucalyptus trees, now only a few sparse patches. Koalas in the area were forced to huddle in the various patches to find enough food to survive. But after a while, even those trees had no leaves for them to eat. Starved koalas lay hanging from trees, or baking on the ground under the hot sun. Other koalas were caught in the logged area, chewed up, and spat out by the machinery. Koalas are already headed towards extinction and in just one of the logged areas in Victoria, activists have found 80 koalas, 30 of which had to be euthanized. Sign this petition to demand that the government in Victoria protect koalas by banning koala habitat logging now.
3. Save Lions From Being Hunted and Poached in Africa
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African lion populations have dropped by 42% in the past 21 years, and they could soon go extinct unless you do something. While conservation efforts have been made, most of these lions live in reserves that are almost at capacity. Thus, it is vital to protect the wild population. The international trade in lion parts, allowed under certain permits by the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), has fueled poaching and commercial hunting. Sign this petition to ask Malik Hussein, Chairperson of the Committee on Rural Economy Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment for the Pan African Parliament, to introduce a motion that will protect lions from trophy hunting across the continent!
4. Push the U.S. Senate to Prevent a Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen
At least 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen due to foreign intervention preventing the flow of basic goods such as food. This coming winter will be especially devastating. Estimates suggest as many as 14 million deaths could be the result. The United States, supports Saudi Arabi, one of the main players in the war in Yemen, but a resolution that the U.S. Senate moved through committee could force President Trump to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen. As a result, Saudi leadership would have to negotiate and order to seek a humanitarian ceasefire. Sign this petition to call on the Senate to push for an immediate vote and demand all of the members show their support so that the famine won’t take even more lives.
5. Protect Animals from Convicted Wildlife Murderers
Kurt Johnston Duncan, a 56-year-old man in Michigan faces numerous charges including illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles. While he would be punished with fines and up to 90 days in jail, he will eventually be released and will likely hunt again. Sign this petition to ask Bernie Sanders, a long-term advocate for animal rights, to lead a movement in Congress that would make it illegal for convicted wildlife murderers to ever hunt again by prohibiting them from getting a license.
6. Save This Horse That Has Been Outside for 7 Years Without Proper Care
This horse has been chained outside without shelter for approximately the last 7 years. She is out all year round in the rain, sleet, hail, snow, subzero cold, sweltering heat, and scorching sun. He receives no vet checks or care. The chain is also so short that he can not roll or walk more than a few feet. It’s questionable if water and grass are consistently available. Although local law enforcement has received calls and complaints about the horse’s situation, they say that no law is being broken. Sign this petition to make the authorities take action so that the owner will surrender their horse to a local rescue.
7. Save This Elephant from A Life of Abuse
Elephants do not naturally enjoy doing tricks or pulling people around. Instead, they are trained to do so with a method, called “the crush,” in which trainers beat elephants into submission. This video from a circus in Germany, Reutlinger Weihnachtscircus, shows elephants pulling humans in sleds. The man in front can be seen holding a rod to harm the elephant and force it to comply through fear. Sign this petition to demand that this circus close down and send their elephants to a sanctuary for the remainder of their lives.
8. Stop Trump From Allowing Healthcare Discrimination Against LGBTQ People
In the midst of a pandemic, Trump wants to strip away safeguards that protect LGBTQ people from health care discrimination. After one year, the Trump administration has finalized its plan to reverse Obama-era protections that made it illegal for medical workers to discriminate against or deny care for trans or queer people (and people perceived as being trans or queer). Doctors will once again have the right to turn away LGBTQ people and refuse them care. This is especially dangerous during a pandemic. Sign this petition to tell Trump and his administration to stop trying to strip the rights of LGBTQ individuals.
9. Stop the Dangerous and Inhumane Dog Meat Trade in the Philippines
Despite the Philippines strengthening laws against animal cruelty, maltreatment, and neglect, dog meat is still being eaten throughout the Philippines. Many of these dogs are pets stolen from people’s houses or stray dogs from the streets. They are transported together, which can cause the spread of various diseases since most dogs are not vaccinated. The treatment of these dogs is not only extremely inhumane, but it also places locals and tourists in danger of foodborne viruses. Sign this petition to request the President of the Philippines implement laws to stop animal cruelty; ensure all dogs and cats are vaccinated; and fund trap, neuter, and release programs.
10. Help Free These Elephants That Are Forced to Perform Water Shows At A Zoo
Elephants enjoy swimming and naturally do it in the wild. They use water to cool off, clean themselves, and goof around. However, at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, they are forced to perform water shows for onlooking crowds day after day, which is anything but natural. In this video, an elephant is forced to swim around and do tricks while a trainer rides on top of her. In order to make elephants do such unnatural behaviors, trainers use cruel techniques. The training process, known as “phajaan,” translates to “the crush” during which handlers beat animals into submission so that they will be docile for the public. Sign this petition to demand that Chon Buri officials shut down this zoo and surrender their elephants to a sanctuary.
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