Buy Less Fast Fashion, Call on USDA to Enforce Animal Welfare Laws, and Support Fair Access to Vaccines Around the World: 10 Petitions to Sign This Week to Help People, Animals and the Planet
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. While it can get daunting and difficult to hear, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. By signing one, you are helping to help 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 invaluable tools for bringing about positive change in the world. If you’re looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Buy Less Fast Fashion, Tell USDA to Enforce Animal Welfare Laws, and Support a equitable access to vaccines worldwide.
1. Buy less fast fashion
Increasing amounts of consumer purchases are âfast fashionâ, that is, fashion trends that go away as quickly as they arrive. And this industry is terribly destructive to the planet. The fashion industry uses more water than any other industry in the world and is responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions. In addition, the synthetic materials in discarded clothing can take 200 years to biodegrade. As a result, âfast fashionâ is piling up, so much so that a mountain of garment waste in Chile’s Atacama Desert grows by almost 40,000 tonnes per year. This holiday season, you can help by buying less clothes and signing this petition.
2. Tell USDA to Enforce Animal Welfare Laws
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Many animal rights activists and academics criticize the AWA for its lack of protection. In fact, the AWA does not protect the majority of animals that need it most, such as animals raised and slaughtered for meat, and birds, rats and mice raised and used for research. But even when the AWA protects animals, such as dogs in the care of humans, the USDA is under-enforcing the law. For example, the USDA rarely shuts down dog breeders despite warnings. While the USDA has always under-protected animals, the past five years have been particularly bad. According to National Geographic, USDA enforcement actions declined 90% between 2015 and 2020. Sign this petition and tell USDA to step up its enforcement efforts.
3. Stop shipping Australian cattle to death
People abuse cows everywhere we raise and slaughter them for meat. We confine them for most of their lives in cramped stalls, where we separate them from their young, overfeed them with unnatural corn-based diets, then chain them, toss them in trucks, and drag them to the slaughterhouse. A recent survey in West Java, Indonesia showed particularly extreme conditions: workers pushing cattle with electric batons and butchering them alive. Cows have been seen choking on blood and hanging from metal hooks while still breathing. But what struck Australian viewers the most was that these cattle came from Australia, not Indonesia. Horrific animal abuse is not a foreign problem; Australia’s own animals are severely abused. Sign this petition and tell Australia’s Minister of Agriculture David Littleproud to stop exporting animals for international consumption.
4. Stop the killing of wild animals to raise livestock
There are plenty of reasons for dismantling the meat and dairy industry. Cruelty to animals tops the list, and massive carbon emissions come second. A third, less well-known reason is that cattle ranchers compete with wildlife for resources. More often than not, cattle ranchers campaign to drive wild horses off western public lands. Recently, a rancher complained that wolves were disturbing his cattle and, in response, the Wildlife Service slaughtered eight cubs, a move the Biden administration defended. Sign this petition and tell the government to stop killing wildlife.
5. Free Snow Leopards. . .or at least do not subject them to Covid-19
Containment of wildlife in zoos is a major problem in itself. (In fact, a major case is pending in New York’s highest court, where the Nonhuman Rights Project is suing to free an elephant named Happy from the Bronx Zoo.) But Covid has exacerbated problems with keeping wild animals. in captivity. Everest, Makalu, and Ranney were three snow leopards from Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska. In October 2021, all three contracted Covid-19 and died a month later. The best solution to protect wild animals from humans is to release them in sanctuaries or in the wild. But at the very least, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), an organization that accredits zoos around the world, should require vaccination of eligible animals. Sign this petition in favor of the vaccination of zoo animals.
6. Support universal dental care in Canada
As an American living in a country without universal health care, it is a bit hypocritical of me to criticize Canada’s health care system, at least the access it provides to its residents. But the Canadian system, of course, also has its shortcomings, and one of them is limited access to dental care. Last year, a third of Canadians did not have access to dental care and more than 20% avoided going to the dentist because of the cost. Dental health is an integral part of physical health, and Canadians face financial barriers to accessing it. Sign this petition to support universal dental care in Canada.
7. Support equitable access to vaccines worldwide
Countries like the United States are struggling to get everyone vaccinated against Covid-19. But in the United States, we almost take access to vaccines for granted. Meanwhile, in other countries access to vaccines is severely limited. In the Central African Republic, for example, only 6.7% of the population is vaccinated. CEPI, Gavi and the World Health Organization, along with a key partner of UNICEF, are leading the COVAX initiative to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines worldwide. Sign this petition to support COVAX and better access to vaccines.
8. Support filming practices that respect animals and the environment
Netflix has done a great job promoting wildlife conservation content. But recent images have called into question certain filming practices. The footage shows a large, noisy filming platform polluting and disrupting local polar bear habitats. We should be hesitant to attack companies like Netflix that strive to bring important information to millions of viewers, but it is important to put pressure on these companies to be consistent in their values. In this case, that means encouraging Netflix to use silent platform setups that protect endangered species and their vital habitats. Sign this petition to support filming practices that respect animals and the environment.
9. Stop cutting back on the Amazon for leather car seats
Raising and slaughtering cows is not only cruel, it destroys the planet, and not just because of CO2 and methane emissions. In addition, cattle ranchers are destroying the Amazon rainforest to grow soybeans for cows, and the Amazon is sequestering massive amounts of carbon dioxide (plus it is home to countless exotic species). Even so, people continue to defend the beef and dairy industries, insisting that beef and dairy are staple foods (which they are not). But what’s the excuse for raising and slaughtering cows, and razing the Amazon rainforest, just to produce leather and make âbetterâ cars? Sign this petition and tell leather companies like Lear to stop destroying the Amazon.
10. Support research on depression and anxiety
Psilocybin is a psychoactive ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms. Last fall, the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded Johns Hopkins Medicine $ 4 million to launch the first federally-funded psilocybin research in 50 years. Johns Hopkins, in collaboration with the University of Alabama and New York University, will study whether psilocybin can help people quit smoking. In addition to studying its impacts on drug addiction, private research has evaluated the impacts of psychedelics on various psychological disorders including PTSD and depression. With rates of depression and anxiety rising across the country, now is a good time for research to get creative and explore innovative solutions to improve people’s lives. Sign this petition to support more innovative psychedelic research.
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