“You may have seen the news recently about the reports published about horrendous neglect of U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs in Jordan. In response to a hotline complaint, the Office of the Inspector General sent a team to do an evaluation of the kennel conditions of Explosive Detection Canines provided to Jordan. What they found was a horrifying combination of neglect, overwork and lack of basic veterinary care.
“Dogs that were carefully trained to save lives are now living in squalid conditions. Their kennels are covered in feces, their water bowls are often dry, and they aren’t being fed regularly. All of that, and they are still expected to work long days under the hot sun; sniffing for bombs.”
You’ve seen them, either in person or on TV–bursts of smoke and flame from oil and gas stacks. This process of “flaring” burns off wasted…wait for it…METHANE. Yes, they put hazardous, health-endangering methane into the air people breathe.
But doesn’t the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management oversee this to protect us? Yes and no. Soon possibly mainly no. Because that Department has proposed weakening what protections currently exist. Leaving the way open to more flaring, which means more methane into our air to poison it and increase the threat to life.
The Guggenheim is a prestigious museum, run, I thought, by intelligent people. I’m thinking that may not really be true, now that I’ve heard about an exhibit from China they plan to have for three months starting Oct. 6. It’s clear, unabashed cruelty to animals. Dogs running toward each other on treadmills, salivating themselves into exhaustion. Pigs with meaningless Chinese characters on their bodies, mating. Various animals trapped in glass viewing-enclosures, left to eat each other or die of fatigue. And there are more.
If this seems cruel and beneath Guggenheim, read more about the situation and sign the petition asking them to pull the portions of animal cruelty from the exhibit.
Let animals suffer…it’s good entertainment. That’s what CNN seems to be saying with their Anthony Bourdain “Parts Unknown” TV show. Tear out and eat a beating heart–it’s only a snake. Slurp down the blood of the goat after you’ve wrestled with it and slit its throat. Pretty entertaining, right?
Read more about this at this Change.Org site. While you’re there, sign their petition telling CNN that cruelty to animals is NOT entertainment!
“‘Study after study shows that sleep-deprived resident physicians are a danger to themselves, their patients and the public,’ says Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.” Yet a new rule would change medical interns’ maximum of 16 hours without a break to a possible 28 hours.
Imagine a deep-ocean mine, right next to a very rich eco system, run by a failing company with no experience on this large a scale, one that just might be tempted to take chances that would destroy that eco system and do further harm to our already already-fragile, dying oceans. Who in their right mind would allow it?
The Canadian mining company I just described has actually been given a licence to do deep-ocean mining off the coast of Papua New Guinea, near a treasured eco-system.
It is possible to stop it, though. The financially troubled company is seeking investors. If enough pressure is put on these investors, the project will not go through.
How much is an Olympic ski run worth? The destruction of a species? How about a 500-year-old forest?
South Korea is clear-cutting an ancient forest to build a ski run–to be used for only four days (two ski events) for the Olympic Games. Sure, they can plant more trees later..and wait 500 years for them to get to where they are now. In the process, they are destroying what is almost the last remaining habitat of the Eurasian Otter, the Leopard Cat, the Marten, and the Flying Squirrel, putting these four species into danger of extinction. This is the fulfilling of their promise to make these Winter Olympics “Green Games”?
There is time to stop this unconscionable destruction from happening. Sign the Avaaz petition that says,
As concerned citizens from across the globe, we call on you to stop the destruction of forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and to protect what remains of this forest that has been a sanctuary for over 500 years. We urge the IOC to ensure that all Olympic Games truly live up to ideals of sustainability and environmentalprotection.
The Nov. elections will be here before we know it. Right now, groups and organizations are starting to spread out to collect signatures on petitions to put their pet issue on the ballot.
Think before you act. Don’t sign your life away. That’s what you may be doing if you take the petition thrust at you and sign it just so you can get your groceries home before they melt. Read that petition before signing it, especially the actual text of the proposed law. Don’t ask the person with the clipboard for clarification, because, if passed, the law will say what the text says, not what you or the signature-gatherer hopes it will accomplish.
Also, the gatherers have their own agenda, whether it’s to be paid for another signature or to get their viewpoint passed into law. Go through it carefully. Is the wording clear and specific? Do you want the law to be exactly as what’s written? Most importantly, does everything in it conform to your moral values? If so, sign it. Otherwise, walk away.
Signing a petition is a small but important step toward changing unfair, oppressive, discriminatory laws. Let’s just make sure that we vote for the ethical laws we think we’re asking for.
Yes, that’s a bird stuffed into a bottle. Worse yet, it’s an endangered (only 7000 left in the world) cockatoo. In Indonesia, these birds are sedated and stuffed into plastic bottles so they can easily be shipped to waiting customers.
Indonesia does have laws against this practice, laws which aren’t enforced. And, true, we live far away and feel we have no influence over the Indonesian government. However, their politicians are like ours; with enough pressure they’ll do something if not because it’s right at least in order to save face in the world and their jobs at home.
I’ve been happy with my friendly local Walgreens. It’s near-by, I get some good deals on their sales, and the people there are friendly. Now I learn that they’re taking their Medicare/Medicaid earnings (masking up 1/4 of their income) and my dollars and fleeing the scene. They’re one of the latest companies to take advantage of “tax inversion.” That is, they’ll not touch our familiar Walgreens stores but move their corporate headquarters to a tax-haven, a place that allows them to avoid paying U.S. tax on the U.S. money we gave them. It’s a nice little loophole for them and other corporations, but it cheats our economy out of funds that pay for our government, military, health, safety, and safety nets.
If this bothers you, inform Walgreens CEO and President Gregory Wassen. Sign the petition at the Credo Mobilize site. If enough Walgreens custormers let him know of our disapproval, he may very well calculate how many customers–and how much financial loss–he’ll face and decide to do the right thing.