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 demanding Justice for Elijah McClain, asking for an End to Qualified Immunity, and Telling the UN to Fund Anti-Poaching Efforts!
We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.

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1. Demand an Investigation Into a Farm that Roasted Pigs Alive

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Source: This Farm Roasted Its Pigs Alive and Gassed Their Babies to Death

Many meat farmers have responded to the crisis caused by Coronavirus by “depopulating” their animals. This is a rather sterile term for the mass, gruesome murder of their animals. Workers at Iowa Select Farm, for example, closed all ventilation points to the pig barn and pumped heat in to slowly kill all of the pigs. Those who did not die were left among the dead for hours until they were eventually shot. Piglets were taken from their mothers and gassed to death. Video footage picked up screams and cries from the poor, tortured pigs. Sign this petition to demand that the Food Safety and Inspection Service launch a formal investigation into the events at Iowa Select Farm, and hold whoever is responsible for the mass torture and slaughter of these pigs accountable!

2. Tell Thailand to Ban the Use of Harmful Pesticides

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Source: These Pesticides Can Cause Everything from Brain Damage to Parkinson’s But Their Makers Want to Keep Them on the Shelves.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over 84% of domestic fruits, 53% of vegetables, and 42% of grains sold to consumers carry pesticide residue. The compounds in most popular pesticides have been found to cause cancer, Parkinson’s disease, brain damage, environmental devastation, and animal health issues. Because of the risks for both consumers and farmers, Thailand’s national hazardous substances committee voted to ban the products by December. Unfortunately, the makers of the pesticides are using their money to get the Trump Administration to pressure the Thai government to abandon the upcoming pesticide ban. Sign this petition to tell Thailand not to cave to ruthless pesticide companies and instead, to continue their plan to ban these dangerous pesticides.

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3. Defund the Chicago Police Department and Hold Them Accountable for The Harm They Cause to the Community

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Source: Over 100 People Were Shot in Chicago This Weekend and the City Still Refuses to Fund Programs That Would Help Prevent Violence.

Father’s Day weekend in Chicago was tragically violent. Over 100 people were shot, including a 3-year-old child. The Chicago Police Department uses its massive budget to harass and incarcerate people in under-resourced (mostly Black and brown) neighborhoods for petty, non-violent crimes. The police department receives around 40% of the entire city’s budget, while other social programs like housing, schools, food assistance, etc. keep getting cut. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) has been ineffective at deterring police violence and supporting citizens because the person in charge is appointed by the mayor. Thus, many people are advocating that COPA be replaced by the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), which would be a democratically elected council in charge of overseeing the Chicago Police Department. Sign this petition to support organizers’ calls for CPAC and defunding the CPD budget, so that the actual community has funds to prevent violence.

4. Demand Emergency Funds for Unemployed People in India So They Don’t Have to Turn to Poaching for Money

In India, Big Cats and Other Endangered Wildlife Are Being Murdered More Than Ever

Source: In India, Big Cats and Other Endangered Wildlife Are Being Murdered More Than Ever

As a result of the pandemic, people who have lost work and thus, the resources to support themselves and their families, are being driven to poaching animals. Since the beginning of India’s lockdown, at least eight big cats, including the critically endangered tiger and leopard, were captured and slaughtered. It’s also the first time in a year that a rhino has been killed. Experts say that all of this illegal hunting may push India’s ecosystems beyond the point of recovery. It’s important to remember that most of these hunters are not trophy hunters that kill just to kill. They are impoverished, unemployed people simply trying to get by. Sign this petition to demand that India’s federal government release emergency funds to those in need so that they are not forced to make the horrible decision – kill or die of hunger.

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5. Shut Down Rafah Zoo

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Source: They Rip Out Lions’ Claws So Kids Can Play With Them

At Rafah Zoo in Gaza, the staff removes lions’ claws, so that children can be near them. The procedure is not like trimming their nails, in fact, it’s the equivalent of sawing off fingers up to the first knuckle. It’s psychologically harmful to the animals and causes them pain for the rest of their lives. We need to insist that Gaza authorities shut down this zoo right now. Sign this petition to make sure officials send all animals to sanctuaries where they will receive proper care.

6. Ban Qualified Immunity

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Source: Dangerous People In Your Community Are Being Shielded From Facing Justice

No one should be “immune” from following the law — least of all the people who supposedly exist to defend and uphold it. However, police have something called “qualified immunity,” which protects them from being sued for their violence or misdeeds. Analysis conducted by journalists at Reuters shows that, in more than half of all police brutality cases from 2015 to 2019, qualified immunity got cops off the hook without facing consequences. Some states, like Colorado, are putting an end to this injustice by ending qualified immunity, prohibiting forms of deadly force, and requiring officers to report on other cops’ wrongdoing. Congressmembers also introduced legislation to ban qualified immunity and ensure that all police officers can be held liable for violence and civil rights violations. Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass the Ending Qualified Immunity Act!

7.  Tell the UN to Fund Anti-Poaching Efforts to Save Elephants

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Source: No Elephant Should Be Skinned For Jewelry.

More than two dozen mangled and rotting Asian elephant corpses lay rotting in a riverbed in the Ayeyawady (Irrawaddy) delta in southwestern Myanmar, so that their skin could be used for jewelry and “medicine.” Elephants are on their way to extinction due to poaching and habitat loss, but luckily the World Wildlife Fund already has two anti-poaching squads in Myramar and are hoping that more will be funded. Sign this petition to demand that the United Nations Environmental Programme establish its own fund to support anti-poaching squads!

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8. Protect Puerto Rican Reefs and People form Natural Disasters

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Source: Take Emergency Action to Save Puerto Rico’s Reefs

In 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The United States government’s response was far from satisfactory. Unfortunately, due to climate change, extreme weather conditions, like hurricanes, will continue to frequently occur. Luckily, coral reefs provide necessary protections, like decreasing the severity of a flood, during adverse weather conditions. Thus, it is critical that the Environmental Protection Agency focus on reef conservation to protect not only the sea creatures, but also the people for whom reefs provide critical protection. Sign this petition to demand action be taken to protect these coral reefs!

9. Save Dolphins from 

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Source: Save Māui and Hector’s dolphins now!

Hector’s and Māui dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth and New Zealand’s only native dolphin species. Less than a fifth of their habitat is protected and thus, fishing has decimated their population. Only around 10,000 Hector’s dolphins survive – a third of the original population. There are only around 50 Māui dolphins left and the frequency with which they are killed by fishermen is completely unsustainable. These two dolphins species are dangerously close to extinction. Gillnetting and trawling throughout the dolphin’s habitat needs to be stopped now! Sign this petition to let the New Zealand Priminister Jacinda Ardern know that you want her to protect Hector’s and Māui dolphins now!

10. Demand Justice for Elijah McClain

Demand Justice For Elijah McClain, Killed By Police Just For Walking Home

Source: Demand Justice For Elijah McClain, Killed By Police Just For Walking Home

*Photo is of a mural by Thomas “Detour” Evans

Elijah was a 23-year-old massage therapist who used to play the violin for stray cats at local animal shelters during his lunch hour. On August 24th, 2019, he was out buying an iced tea for his brother when someone called the police about “suspicious behavior”.  Elijah wore a ski mask since he had anemia and as a result, was often cold. He was unarmed and committed no crime, but police in Aurora Colorado put him in a chokehold and instructed the paramedics to inject him with an amount of the sedative ketamine that would subdue a man twice his size. Elijah had two heart attacks on route to the hospital and died on August 30th. The officers claim that their body cameras mysteriously fell off and all three still have their jobs. Sign this petition to demand that the investigation into Elijah’s murder be reopened with an impartial investigator.

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