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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 Urge Biden to Stop the Willow Project, Mandate Counseling for Men Who Tortured Raccoon, and Help Flamingos Safely Return to Their Habitats.
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1. Urge Colorado to Ban the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores
The Aurora City Council in Colorado voted to ban the sale of most cats and dogs in pet stores, which will help take pressure off of shelters and be a massive blow to potential puppy mills in the area! It is no secret that pet stores often source from puppy mills, where living conditions for young animals are horrific. But regulating puppy mills can be difficult, and making it nearly impossible for businesses to “sell” animals cuts into puppy mills’ profits and incentives. This is exactly why the ban should be enacted statewide. Please sign this petition to demand the Colorado legislature do the right thing and stand up for animals today!
2. Commit to Composting and Help Curb Food Waste
A whopping 31% of all food in the world is wasted — and in 2023, there is no excuse for this. 17% of that 31% is fully produced food, with 11% being lost in households. This means that one-tenth of all food waste happens at home.
This is a crisis, full stop. Food waste makes up the largest percentage of any form of waste in landfills in many countries, including the United States. Landfills produce many greenhouse gas emissions, which worsen Climate change.
Please sign this petition to commit to composting in honor of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste!
3. Urge President Biden to Stop the Willow Project
After years of advocacy by environmentalists and people working to fight Climate change, President Biden has agreed to ban nearly half of all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is a massive victory, and certainly one worth celebrating.
But unfortunately, Biden is falling short of fully committing to protect the region. He approved the notorious Willow Project earlier this year, which would allow oil giant ConocoPhillips — a company that saw profits of over 18 billion dollars last year alone — to move forward with the largest oil development project in the entire country.
Please sign this petition to tell President Biden: keep the climate momentum going! Stop the Willow Project!
4. Urge Libya’s Rival Governments to Collaborate and Manage Flood Crisis
In the eastern Libyan city of Derna, a catastrophic flood has claimed at least 3,900 lives, with thousands more still missing. The flood was made worse by the failure of two poorly maintained dams, leading to protests and widespread public outrage against negligent officials. This is not just a natural disaster; it’s a catastrophic failure of governance.
Source: BBC News/YouTube
Since 2014, Libya has been divided between two rival governments in the east and west. Both governments have pledged to help with rescue efforts in the flood-affected areas, but they have never successfully collaborated before.
Please sign this petition to urge the rival Libyan governments to set aside their differences and cooperate to effectively manage the Derna flood crisis!
5. Help Flamingos Safely Return to Their Habitats
Recently, flamingos have been found hundreds of miles away from their native habitats, even as far north as Virginia and Ohio! Scientists speculate that Hurricane Idalia caused them to fly off course, sometime when the birds were traveling between Central America and the Caribbean. Thankfully, the birds have been found in reasonable health so far, but they are exhausted from the extended travel.
Source: FOX 13 Tampa Bay/YouTube
While most of the birds seem to be fine, they are still at risk in non-native habitats. We must ensure these majestic tropical animals get back home safely!
Please sign this petition to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor these flamingos to ensure they safely return to their habitats!
6. Mandate Counseling for Sadistic Men Who Tortured Raccoon to Death
Raccoons are highly intelligent beings who are not that different from us — they even (adorably) wash some of their food before eating it. But one couple decided instead of admiring adorable raccoons, they would film themselves torturing one.
In the video, one of the perpetrators can be seen pinning down the poor animal with a garden rake. The raccoon is clearly suffering and in pain. Then, the other perpetrator brutally hits their head with a hammer. But somehow, it gets worse — they ultimately kill the animal by stabbing them with a sword. Despite all this, the judge barely gave them a slap on the wrist!
Please sign this petition to tell the McHenry County Authorities to mandate counseling for these psychopaths!
7. Urge Alaska to Adopt Ethical Wildlife Management Practices
The Alaska Board of Game has extended its predator control program, resulting in the murder of numerous bears and wolves — 94 brown bears, five black bears, and five wolves — in just May and June. These actions, meant to boost caribou calf survival, lack scientific evidence and severely disrupt Alaska’s ecosystems by slaughtering innocent wildlife.
The Board of Game, which is composed of six governor-appointed men and one woman who are hunters and big game guides instead of scientists, decided to extend the predator control program meant to kill bears and wolves.
Please sign this petition to demand that Alaska end harmful predator control programs and adopt ethical wildlife management!
8. Pressure Authorities to Protect Red Wolves from Becoming Extinct
An estimated 14 red wolves were remaining in the wild. And one was just shot dead.
The beautiful wolf was found along a fence in Washington County, tragically killed after being shot in the torso. The red wolf population is so small and so precious that we cannot let a single other wolf die in this way. We must not give up on this species, but instead do everything in our power to protect the wolves that remain!
Since red wolves so closely resemble coyotes, many are shot and killed by hunters. Of the 10 wolves reintroduced in the past year, 3 were tragically shot. Yet authorities have not prosecuted a single person for red wolf poaching in 25 years, even though these precious mammals are on the verge of extinction.
Please sign this petition to tell authorities to find whoever committed this heinous crime and educate the public to ensure no more red wolves die this way!
9. Tell Authorities to Investigate Wildlife Sellers and Traffickers
Authorities with the U.S. government recently discovered that an exotic animal dealer in the state of Michigan was violating the Endangered Species Act – trying to sell approximately 150 vulnerable, threatened, and endangered animals to the public for thousands of dollars.
In one case, the man attempted to sell off an endangered baby ring-tailed lemur for $3,500. To do this, he first had to separate the little young one from its mother – prematurely. Additionally, authorities discovered the man was neglecting the animals he held in captivity, depriving them of proper sanitary conditions and even safe drinking water. Officials must also investigate whatever network he operated within, that allowed this to happen!
Please sign this petition to demand that authorities investigate this exotic animal dealer’s network of wildlife sellers and traffickers!
10. Demand Congress Protect Endangered Species
The Endangered Species Act has been one of the most important and effective pieces of legislation for protecting wildlife in our nation’s history. Despite this, several politicians are attempting to gut the Act by slashing its funding and removing protections for several species. Considering we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction event, we cannot allow these changes to occur. Please sign this petition to protect and strengthen the Endangered Species Act instead of weakening it!
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