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 Tell Facebook to Cleanup Their Ocean Drilling Mess, Ban the Use of Exotic Animals in Australian Circuses, and Fire Cops Who Pointed AR-15s at Innocent Teens

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1. Ban the Use of Exotic Animals in Australian Circuses

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Circuses are heavily associated with watching animals perform amazing tricks for entertainment. However, when animals are bred, raised, captured, imprisoned, and trained for the sole purpose of human entertainment and profit, they suffer. They are beaten, kept in tiny cages, stolen from their mothers, and endure so many more types of terrible abuse. While many cities and countries are starting to ban the use of animals in circuses and other forms of entertainment, there are still so many places that allow this cruel form of exploitation. That’s why we are asking Australia, a massive country with some of the richest biodiversity in the world, to stand up for animals and pass a federal ban on the presence of exotic animals in circuses. Sign this petition to demand that Australia pass a federal ban on the use of exotic animals in circuses!

2. Tell Pebble Beach to Get Their Golf Balls Out of Our Ocean

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When people hear about plastics in the ocean, they usually think of plastic bags, straws, containers, and fishing materials. Two years ago, a young 16-year-old freediver named Alex Weber was swimming off the coast in Carmel Bay and saw nothing but thousands of golf balls covering the ocean floor. Golf balls are covered in plastic, which is extremely harmful to the ocean and its inhabitants. Thus, Weber and her helpers removed around 50,000 balls — more than 2 tons of them! However, more and more golf balls kept coming in from the nearby courses. The Pebble Beach Company needs to clean up their golf balls and make sure no more end up in the ocean! Sign this petition to tell PBC and other coastal and river golf courses to clean up their mess.

3. Pass Legislation to Protect People’s Right to Wear Their Hair However They Want

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The way you choose to wear your hair is a personal choice. It may depend on your culture and community, your identity, and the texture of your hair. However, in 46 U.S. states, people can be discriminated against for the way they wear their hair. Due to systemic racism, these people are most often black. Schools and workplaces label the hairstyles that many Black people wear as “unprofessional” or “messy” and thus, use that as an excuse to fire them or kick them out of school! There is nothing unprofessional about wearing one’s hair in a natural afro, dreadlocks, or braids. We need to fight against this blatant racism and demand protections for natural hairstyles. Sign this petition to urge states to pass legislation that protects everyone’s right to wear their hair how they want!

4. Stop Mystery Animal Abuser From Mutilating, Torturing and Killing Horses in France

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Since the beginning of 2020, numerous horses in France have been the victims of terrible attacks. The animals’ ears are sliced from their heads. Some have had their eyes cruelly gouged out. At least one of the victims, a young filly, had her genitals carved away from her body. None of the animals survived this mutilation and police believe that they might still have been alive while it took place. There haven’t been any arrests and police still do not understand the motivation for these crimes. Sign this petition to urge France’s National Gendarmerie to put every effort towards finding whoever is responsible for this brutality before another horse is murdered. It must be made a priority!

5. Fire Cops Who Pointed AR-15 Weapons at Teens Who Were Victims of an Attempted Robbery

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While three black boys were waiting for the bus in Santa Clarita, California, a man came up asking for crack cocaine. He then tried to rob them and attack them with a knife and a whip. A witness called the police to save these boys’ lives, but when the officers arrived hey pointed all their guns — including an AR-15 rifle — on the three boys. The witnesses immediately began calling out to the police, clarifying that the teenagers were instead the victims of a crime, and informing authorities who the actual suspect was, but police wouldn’t listen. They made the boys go to the police car with their hands up, handcuffed them, and finally released them thirty minutes later. These cops were reckless and endangered innocent lives because these boys were black. It’s an all-too-common occurrence in the U.S. and it needs to stop. Sign this petition to demand that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva actually do something by removing all AR-15 military weapons from his department and by firing the dangerous police officers who almost killed three black teens!

6. Tell Electronics Companies to Reduce E-Waste by Creating Products Easier to Repair

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E-waste, or electronic waste, causes an abundance of health and environmental issues. Unfortunately, companies intentionally make electronics difficult to repair and short-lasting. Thus, people are constantly upgrading and replacing their electronics. The U.S. alone created 59 million tons of electronic waste in 2019! Sign this petition to demand that electronics makers create an industry-wide agreement that puts the “right to repair” as a cornerstone of their sustainability policy. Electronics companies need to start making their products last longer and more easily repairable to lessen e-waste!

7.  Support Reforestation Projects that Hire Workers Living in Poverty

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Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest, according to the World Bank. Deforestation has dire consequences for the environment, animals, and impoverished communities that depend on the ecosystem for survival. Eden Reforestation Projects, an international nonprofit, works to alleviate extreme poverty and restore healthy forests in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, and beyond through reforestation efforts. They, along with other Eden employees, have now planted over 300 million trees! Sign this petition to Support Reforestation Projects that Hire Workers Living in Poverty.

8. Charge Trump’s Postmaster General for Delaying the Mail, a Federal Offense

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Trump installed General Louis DeJoy, a huge Trump donor without any USPS experience, as Postmaster in June, five months before our biggest election-by-mail. Sign this petition to tell Members of Congress to charge and remove Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General for intentionally disrupting and destroying USPS. Dejoy has made many cuts and changes to slow down the USPS and has threatened to close entire USPS locations in the near future as well. This is extremely worrisome considering the fact that many people will need to vote by mail due to the pandemic. Sign this petition to tell Members of Congress to charge and remove Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General for intentionally disrupting and destroying USPS.

9. Restrict the Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade in Massachusetts

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The United States is among the world’s largest markets for illegal wildlife goods, including elephant ivory and rhino horn. In Massachusetts, there is a bill that would restrict the sale and purchase of ivory and rhino horn products since ivory marketplaces provide an opportunity for the illegal ivory trade to flourish. Illegal ivory can easily be disguised as a legally acquired product. The bill, S.496/H.772, has been referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and would help save so many animals if it were passed. Sign this petition to urge Massachusetts lawmakers to support S.496/H.772 to restrict the ivory and rhino horn trade in the state.

10. Tell Facebook to Clean Up the Drilling Fluid and Equipment They Left in the Ocean

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Since April 28, 2020, broken drilling equipment – as well as 6,500 gallons of bore gel and broken piping – has been hanging out off the Oregon coast in the ocean, harming the local habitat and environment. The equipment belongs to Facebook, however, the company has yet to do anything about it. They didn’t even tell the proper agencies when it happened. While working on creating a high-speed fiber optic cable through a fracking technique, the drill snapped and broke. Instead of cleaning this mess up, Facebook left all the equipment and waste there! They are claiming there is no harm in leaving it there, but environmental experts say the opposite. It’s been four months and the situation will only get worse the longer the equipment and waste remain in the ocean. Sign this petition to tell Facebook to clean up this mess immediately and stop the project entirely!

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