New petitions to sign this week: end EU bycatch, pass tougher gun control laws, ban fur farming in the US and more!
Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many people. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on humans and animals. Although it can be daunting and difficult to hear, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are 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 out to those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for bringing about positive change in the world. If you’re looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 12 petitions you should sign this week, including Help End Bycatch in the EU, Help Pass Stronger Gun Control Legislation, and Help Ban Fur Farming in the United States!
We want to thank you for being the change you want to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.
1. Ask Trader Joe’s to stop using so much plastic wrap
Trader Joe’s is a great grocery store when it comes to affordability, but it has a plastic problem. Even though the store announced a few years ago that it would be using less plastic, customers haven’t noticed much of a change. Soap, vegetables, fruits and a variety of other items are unnecessarily wrapped in plastic. It’s bad for the environment, our health and wildlife. Please sign this petition to urge Trader Joe’s to stop using so much plastic when packaging their products!
2. Help end bycatch in the EU
Besides the fact that humans shouldn’t eat fish in the first place, the current fishing system catches and kills a ton of fish that are never eaten. An estimated 35% of marine life that is killed is not even eaten, which is largely due to bottom trawling. Many species of fish are dying and global warming and pollution will only serve to exacerbate this fact. Please sign this petition to pressure the United Nations Environment Program to create better policies and regulations for fishing in the EU, and help end this unnecessary and cruel practice!
3. Urge Shell to stop drilling for oil and gas
Source: Guardian News/YouTube
A senior security consultant for Shell recently quit her job and exposed the company for the lies she told the public about its contribution to the fight against climate change. It is clear that oil and gas extraction will only further exacerbate the climate crisis, but Shell continues to expand its drilling activities and rake in record profits. Please sign this petition to call on Shell to stop drilling for oil and gas and create a plan for a more renewable future!
4. Help pass tougher gun control legislation
Source: CBS Evening News/YouTube
There have been around 200 mass shootings and 27 school shootings in the United States this year alone. There are currently more guns in America than there are people. For years we have witnessed these shootings and then demanded tougher gun control laws, but almost no meaningful legislation has been passed. Please sign this petition to urge Congress and our President to pass tougher gun control legislation immediately!
5. Lobby the convention center to cancel the NRA event
Just days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott was scheduled to speak at an NRA meeting. Abbott and many of his fellow Republican lawmakers are supporters of this corrupt organization that has spent years fighting and lobbying against gun safety legislation. Abbot himself has even backed legislation that makes it legal for unlicensed people to carry handguns. Please sign this petition to ask the convention center hosting the NRA convention to cancel their event!
6. Demand that Norway use more ethical methods to control its rat population
Animal control officers in Norway kill rats en masse to control their populations. Many rats are murdered with poisons which, when ingested, cause severe suffering and can take weeks to kill. The UK government has called the method “inhumane” and it is illegal to cause “unnecessary suffering” to wild animals, but the practice continues. With many humane alternatives available to control rat populations, animal control officers in Norway need to do better. Please sign this petition to urge Norway to use more ethical methods to control rat populations!
7. Defend the rights of workers in the meat industry
Source: PBS Newshour/YouTube
The meat industry is by far the most destructive in the history of the world. Their brutal treatment of animals and the environment has been well documented, and they have added yet another layer to their bad manners. A recent report showed these companies fabricated letters about the US meat supply being at risk of keeping meat plants open, even knowing their workers were at very high risk of catching COVID. -19. Because of this, almost 60,000 workers have caught COVID-19 and around 300 have died. Please sign this petition to demand that Congress defend the rights of meat industry workers!
8. Justice for the nursing mother dolphin who was stabbed to death
Source: NBC News/YouTube
In March, a nursing dolphin was found dead on a Florida beach with wounds that indicated she had been stabbed to death. Sadly, it’s not that rare, as over 30 dolphins have been murdered in the Gulf of Mexico in less than 20 years. These intelligent and social creatures form deep bonds with friends and family, and her baby may not be able to survive due to her death. Authorities have offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help track down the person who did this, but more needs to be done. Please sign this petition to make sure this abuser is never allowed to have a pet again and revoke his boating license too!
9. Never let this animal abuser have animals again
Source: News on 6/KOTV/YouTube
An Oklahoma man beat his dog with a wooden mallet so badly she couldn’t even stand up. A vet examined the dog after the beating and discovered that his hip had been dislocated. The man is facing animal cruelty charges, but more needs to be done to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. Please sign this petition to demand that authorities in Oklahoma once again ban this man from living with animals and ensure that he receives long-term mental health treatment!
10. Help ban fur farming in the United States
Source: DW News/YouTube
Fur farming is one of the cruelest industries on the planet. Animals are often skinned alive, electrocuted anally, and driven insane in tiny cages. On top of that, they are also breeding grounds for infectious diseases and there have been several outbreaks of COVID on mink farms, which is important because mink can transmit COVID to humans. Despite this, the United States has done little to monitor these outbreaks and has been very tight-lipped about what is happening on its farms. Please sign this petition to ask Congress to ban fur farming in the United States!
11. Urge states to ensure state parks are accessible to all
Source: California State Parks/YouTube
Schools are closed for the summer, but many children may be bored and lonely at home. A new program in California, however, could eliminate the summer blues. The state now allows residents to use their library cards for free admission to more than 200 state parks. On top of that, they can bring up to eight family members and friends with them. It will allow children to exercise, relax, take a break from video games and television, and it will allow families of all income brackets to enjoy the great outdoors. Please sign this petition to call on US lawmakers to implement this important program!
12. Help ban pug breeding in the United States
Source: Cynic Opinions/YouTube
No reasonable person can deny that pugs are adorable. However, humans bred these animals to have serious health issues, including breathing difficulties, sleep apnea, and overheating. As the breed has grown in popularity over the years, some countries are beginning to recognize this inherent cruelty and are launching campaigns to ban pug breeding. Please sign this petition to urge Congress to ban pug breeding in the United States!
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