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 Congress and the EPA to Protect Us Against Microplastics, Make Sure Brazil’s New President Protects the Amazon Rainforest Like He Promised, and Tell World Leaders to Protect Species like the Emperor Penguins at COP27!
We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.
1. Tell Congress and the EPA to Protect Us Against Microplastics
We have known about the dangers of microplastics for over a decade. Scientists and environmental activists have been warning us about the tiny chemical contaminants, but there is still little to no government regulation regarding the plastics. Now, a new study found microplastics in human breastmilk. Microplastics have even been found in the placentas of pregnant women. This means that from the moment of conception, we are unable to escape this terrifying single-use plastic.
The recent study found microplastics in 75 percent of participants’ breast milk, all of whom were otherwise healthy. The study also found no correlation between food and drink consumption in plastic containers, which means that even if we try to stay away from single-use plastics, there is no way we will be able to avoid them.
Microplastics have been found everywhere, from Mount Everest to the depths of the oceans. It’s more important now than ever to move away from single-use plastic. Not only is it horrible for the environment, but now studies like this are revealing how devastating they can be for humans. Through food, the air, and other ways, we are constantly consuming tiny plastic particles.
Luckily, there is legislation known as the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, but we need further legislation that targets the sources of this microplastic pollution.
“If members of Congress care as much about children as they claim to in all of their anti-abortion ads, they must step up to protect children from the grave risks of chemical pollution,” the petition reads.
Sign this petition to tell Congress and the EPA to work together to reduce microplastic pollution in our environments from the source!
2. Make Sure Brazil’s New President Protects the Amazon Rainforest As He Promised
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Finally, Bolsonaro is no longer the president of Brazil. The new Brazilian President-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro who is known for his utter disregard for the environment and the Amazon. During his term, Bolsonaro dismissed concerns of LGBTQ groups, women’s rights campaigners, and climate change activists. Destruction of the Brazilian rainforest was at an all-time high during his presidency, and we need to make sure that President Lula delivers the promises that he made.
Bolsonaro rolled back numerous environmental protections and encouraged more mining and commercial farming in the Amazon. He ignored the rights and claims of Indigenous tribes. Luckily Lula has promised to be different and to protect the Amazon rainforest. According to analysts, if he delivers on his promises, Brazil’s contributions could have a major impact on the fight against climate change. After all, the Amazon is considered the “lungs of the planet”.
“Brazil is ready to retake its leadership in the fight against the climate crisis,” Lula said after winning. “Brazil and the planet need a living Amazon.”
Sign this petition to demand Brazil’s President Lula delivers on his promises to bring back democracy and protect the Amazon rainforest!
3. Ban Man Who Dragged a French Bulldog Behind a Moving Truck From Keeping Animals Ever Again
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A man in Florida was arrested for animal cruelty after witnesses saw him dragging a dog behind his truck. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported seeing a suspect dragging a white French Bulldog mix by her leash and neck collar while driving. The motorist reportedly caught the attention of the driver, who thought it might have just been an honest mistake. When the suspect stopped, they picked up the dog and threw her into the bed of the truck before driving off again.
After an investigation, detectives and the Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control located the suspect and after an interview, they agreed to turn over the French Bulldog mix named Blanco to PBC Animal Care & Control.
The investigation found that Blanco did not belong to the suspect but to another family member that “entrusted him with watching Blanco.”
Thankfully, the motorist who witnessed the act took a photo of the suspect’s license plate to turn over to PBSO for an investigation. We are thankful thank Blanco is somewhere safe and is being treated by Animal Care and Control.
The suspect, Lisandro, was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty and cruelty towards animals. Although he was charged, he will still be able to keep animals in his care. This is something that we cannot let happen to another animal!
Sign this petition to demand that this animal abuser receive a lifetime ban on having any animals.
4. Nigerian Man Was Beaten to Death in Broad Daylight. Tell Italian Police to Investigate as a Hate Crime
A 39-year-old disabled Nigerian man was beaten to death in public in Italy while bystanders recorded the incident. This took place in broad daylight, and no one intervened to help the man. A white Italian man used the victim’s own crutches to brutally kill him in the street. Yet Italian police claim that they will not investigate this as a potential hate crime.
When local police got pushback from the public about their decision, the Deputy Police Commissioner claimed, “there is certainly no racial element.” However, this is not the first killing in a long list of potentially racially-motivated murders in the country that have not been investigated as hate crimes. For example, when two Italian men beat and killed another man while shouting racial slurs and telling him to ‘go back to his country,’ the police did not deem it racially motivated.
Sign this petition to demand Italian police investigate this incident as it is: a racially motivated hate crime!
5. Tell the Mexican Government to Protect the Once Extinct Mexican Tequila Fish
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A tiny fish called the Mexican tequila splitfin fish used to live and thrive in the waters of Mexico, but in 2003, it vanished from the wild. They were killed off by climate change, pollution in the water, and invasion by non-native fish species. Now, researchers have successfully reintroduced tequila fish to their natural environment! We need to make sure that it stays this way this time!
Tequila fish are greatly important to ecosystems. They eat mosquitos and are a vital food source for other fish and birds. When they are gone, a vital link in the food chain is missing. Researchers were able to re-educate 80 fish that were living in artificial environments over the last four years, and they slowly began to expose them to elements they might encounter in the wild. They helped teach them how to survive, adapt, and compete. In just four years, the 80 fish had grown into 10,000. Now, 1,500 of these fish swim free in their natural waters.
We need to make sure that governments work to keep waterways clean and free of pollution. Scientists and local governments need to work hard to protect the Mexican tequila fish!
Sign this petition to urge the Mexican government to continue to fund conservation efforts to protect the Mexican tequila splitfin fish!
6. Tell World Leaders to Protect Species like the Emperor Penguins at COP27
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New research shows that penguins are at risk due to the loss of the Antarctic sea ice caused by climate change. If we don’t act quickly, the entire species could be lost forever. With COP27 underway, we need to urge world leaders to work toward solving the climate crisis and saving emperor penguins before it’s too late.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it had added emperor penguins to the endangered species list. According to this petition, the specific colony that was featured in March of the Penguins has declined by over 50 percent since the 1970s.
We need to make sure that world leaders prioritize saving animals like the emperor penguin from climate change!
Sign this petition to demand that representatives at COP27 commit to comprehensive climate action to protect the emperor penguin!
7. Demand States Make Spay and Neuter Surgeries Affordable
Every year, millions of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States because of overcrowding at shelters and not enough adoption opportunities. While many organizations are dedicated to helping this problem, much more needs to be done. The cost of spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs varies, but it can cost a family between $50–$500. Especially in today’s time, that cost is too much for many families, and it cuts their pets off from this essential care.
Although some states have created programs to help cut the cost of spay and neuter surgeries, not every state provides this access. New Mexico has a law that charges large pet food manufacturer’s a fee upon product registration and uses that funding to give to spay and neuter programs. Vermont has an incentive program that is funded through a small pet registration fee. These states have seen life-saving success with dropping euthanasia rates.
Programs that implement an affordable spay and neuter program work and save countless lives. Spay and neuter surgeries should be more affordable, and we need the state’s help!
Sign this petition to urge all US states to pass affordable spay and neuter programs to save millions of cats and dogs!
8. Tell the EU to Stop the Suffering of Pregnant Mares on Blood Farms
“Blood farms” consist of putting mares through a traumatic life as they repeatedly are impregnated and then used and abused for their blood. This is all to get a hormone called PMSG that is found in the blood of pregnant mares. The blood is then processed and used around the world to increase reproduction in pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats.
Finally, in 2021, the European Parliament called for the imports and production of the hormone to be banned by the European Commission, although they have not made a decision. Blood farms are still up and running in many countries, and it is time that this cruel industry comes to an end!
Undercover footage taken at an Iceland ‘blood farm’ by Animal Welfare Foundation revealed horses being hit and struggling in restraint boxes while workers draw blood using a large cannula that is inserted into their jugular vein. The footage also shows broken restraint boxes and enclosures covered in bite marks from the terrified and distressed horses.
These poor horses are being exploited, abused, and killed just to make our farmed animals have more animals. There is a bigger problem at hand, and it’s the way that we are unnaturally breeding animals on factory farms. There is no reason that these pregnant mares need to suffer to make pigs reproduce faster just for them to be slaughtered after a short and traumatizing life.
Sign this petition to tell the European Commission to finally end the import of the hormone PMSG, its production, and its use in the European Union!
9. Demand Lidl End Cruelty Towards Chickens at Their Poultry Farms
A shocking new investigation shows cruel conditions at a large-scale poultry farm that supplies the supermarket chain Lidl. The investigative report shows the violence of workers who slaughter sick chickens by wringing their necks and hitting them against a bucket. They also took images of an operator urinating inside the sheet, birds living with the corpses of other chickens, and cannibalistic behavior among the animals. The birds were found to be in agony, with infections, deformities, and illnesses, and many were not able to move to water or food due to this.
Broiler chicks have been bred through genetic selection to grow at an alarming rate which causes serious diseases and health issues in the animals that the producers merely look at as money-making machines. These poor chicks usually live less than 50 days and suffer the entire time. If people truly knew where their ‘food’ came from and how it was treated, who would feel ok with eating them? Lidl keeps these secrets from consumers, and it is time that they put an end to the #LidlChickenScandal!
Sign this petition to demand that Lidl end this suffering by joining the European Chicken Commitment and putting an end to their cruel abuse.
10. Tell Norway to Permanently Ban Commercial Whaling
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According to World Animal News, over 580 whales were slaughtered during the 2022 whaling season in Norway. This was the highest number in the past six years, despite the population decline. Whales are extremely important to marine ecosystems, and they are intelligent and sentient creatures who feel pain.
The whaling industry is inherently cruel: about 20 percent of whales suffer for 6–25 minutes after being harpooned. The whales that survive, as intelligent and social animals, mourn the loss of loved ones. That should be enough to put an end to whaling. But according to scientists, there is another important—yet surprising—reason to protect whale populations: the environment.
According to one recent marine biology study, “whales—especially the great whales—play a significant role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere.” Each great whale “sequesters 33 tons of CO2 on average,” which is a startling amount, given that trees, on average, accumulate less than 50 pounds of CO2 a year. In addition to this carbon sequestration, whales’ vertical and horizontal movement through the ocean stirs up nutrients that phytoplankton need to survive. Phytoplankton, in turn, also plays a major role in carbon absorption.
Sign this petition to tell the Norwegian government to join the international community and finally ban commercial whaling!
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