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URGENT: Halt the Killing of Denali National Park Wolves
« Reply #592 on: February 15, 2016, 12:00:17 AM »
URGENT: Halt the Killing of Denali National Park Wolves

Take Action TODAY: Hunting Denali's wolves began August 10.The wolf population in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve has plummeted to its lowest level in the park's historical record, due in part to wolf hunting and trapping inside the park and on state lands along the park boundary. Along with Yellowstone, Denali used to be the best place in the world to observe wolves in the wild - but sighting a wolf today is rare. We are calling on U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to immediately halt all wolf killing inside Denali park, and secure a permanent no-kill buffer along the park boundary from the State of Alaska.
Denali National Park, a six-million-acre International Biosphere Reserve, is visited by over 500,000 people from all over the world each year. These visitors come to see North America’s highest peak, its wilderness, and its wildlife—especially wolves.
However, while almost half the visitors to the park used to see wolves, now only about six percent do. The wolf population has dwindled from 143 to 48 in seven years. These losses have not only diminished the chance to see wild wolves, but have also undercut the integrity of the entire ecosystem—much of which is designated wilderness. While the park’s primary purpose is to “protect intact the globally significant Denali ecosystems,” it is failing to do so.
Sign the petition to the Secretary of the Interior to help save these wolves immediately!
Unlike most national parks, hunting and trapping is allowed on many Alaska national park lands - a political concession made in 1980. In addition, as wolves and other wildlife cross invisible park boundaries onto state lands, they are hunted and trapped for “sport” by a few local residents.
The continued killing of Denali wolves has severely disrupted family group integrity, behavior, continuity, and ecology. Unlike deaths from natural causes, hunting and trapping most often kill alpha wolves, whose deaths frequently lead to the disintegration of the entire family group. In 2012, the trapping of the pregnant alpha female wolf from the Grant Creek group—who were most often seen by visitors—led to the group declining from 15 wolves to only 3 that summer.
Subsequent losses to wolf family groups contributed to a decrease in wildlife viewing that is perhaps unprecedented in the history of the entire U.S. national park system.  As a result, hundreds of thousands of tourists have been deprived the extraordinary opportunity to see wolves in the wild.
Both the Park Service and the State of Alaska have denied repeated public petitions in the past seven years asking for a halt to wolf killing in and around Denali. Meanwhile, wolves continue to vanish from one of the nation’s largest and most iconic national parks.
We therefore call on Secretary Jewell to immediately do two things:
1. Order the superintendent of Denali National Park to close all wolf killing in the entire park and preserve, and;
2. Acquire a permanent wolf buffer conservation easement from the State of Alaska along the northeastern boundary of Denali, where most hunting and trapping occurs. This easement can either be purchased by the U.S. government, or transferred from the state in exchange for an equal-valued federal easement or asset elsewhere.
If you'd like to learn more about Denali's famous wolf family groups, check out our book, Among Wolves.
And, after signing the petition, please also consider contacting these officials directly:
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel: [email protected]
Superintendent of Denali National Park Don Striker: [email protected]
Alaska Governor Bill Walker: [email protected]
Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten: [email protected]
 

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This is a petition to impeach Governor Matt Bevin or demand a Recall Election
« Reply #593 on: February 16, 2016, 12:00:08 AM »
This is a petition to impeach Governor Matt Bevin or demand a Recall Election

I cannot say that I know a lot about politics or about petitions. I don't think there is even a precedent for a recall election in the state of Kentucky. I do, however, know the difference between right and wrong. This man is not a good person, and has no business "representing" the citizens of Kentucky. 
The voters of Kentucky have made a mistake. Now I'm not talking about the voters that showed up and voted for Matt Bevin- they exercised their right to vote. I'm talking about the staggering lack of voters who oppose Matt Bevin that did not show up to vote against him. We need to take responsibility for having failed each other, and this Commonwealth.
I truly believe that we, his opposers, are the majority. I think that, as the backbone of this state, we deserve a second chance to do the right thing, and that is to keep Matt Bevin out of office.
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Kentucky governor and terrifying sentient forehead Matt Bevin was elected less than 3 months ago after fewer people showed up at the polls than saw Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on opening weekend. He hasn’t let his new kid status stop him, though, as he’s already proving he can **** on his most vulnerable constituents just as well as any long-serving GOP governor. How is he accomplishing it? Oh, just by doing a thing he specifically promised he wouldn’t do: Matt Bevin reversed a move by his Democratic predecessor that had restored the voting rights of about 140,000 former felons. Those impacted, who are overwhelmingly African American and lower income, had already completed their felony sentences but remained permanently disenfranchised. The order excluded those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery or treason. Bevin’s move {Tuesday night} goes against promises he made during the campaign to keep the restoration of voting rights in place. He even told reporters in November that he would stand up to his own party on the issue and convince them it was the right thing to do.Now, you may think it’s unethical to specifically pledge not to do a thing and then do that thing so quickly the Bible you were sworn in on hasn’t yet a chance to hit the ground, but that just shows how little you know about the pressures of being a Republican governor. You guys know how it is: Scott Walker kicks 15,000 Wisconsinites off of food stamps and permanently rigs state elections, then Bobby Jindal screws 31,000 Louisianans out of unemployment benefits, then peer pressure just snowballs. “Come on, Matt; all the cool kids are letting their citizens starve to death,” Maine’s Paul Le Page probably said to him. “What are you, some kind of ******* square?” At that point, what else is the newbie going to do to make sure the popular kids respect him and invite him to their sockhops?But wait, there’s more! Kentucky’s former governor, Democrat Steve Beshear (who you may remember from the time he essentially called Kim Davis a dumbass), had raised the state’s minimum wage for government workers from $7.25/hour to $10.10. We bet you can guess where this is headed! In another executive order {this week}, Bevin reversed former Gov. Beshear’s move to raise the state’s minimum wage for government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour, bringing it back down to $7.25 an hour. About 800 state workers who have already gotten raises will be able to keep them, but new hires will now have to start at the lower pay rate. In the order, Bevin hinted that he would prefer the state have no minimum wage at all: “Wage rates ideally would be established by the demands of the labor market instead of being set by the government,” he said.We can totally see why he feels that way. After all, a lack of minimum wage and labor regulation/collective bargaining has historically worked out so well for workers!Until such time as that distant, time-fogged utopia can be reclaimed, **** those lazy poors. What do they need money for, anyway, to eat? Why, when Matt Bevin was your age, he survived on a diet of self-made grit washed down with bootstrap oil. GET A JOB! A second one, we mean, because Matt Bevin knows you don’t need the first one to pay well enough to actually survive.By C.A. Pinkham Read more at http://wonkette.com/597297/kentuckys-new-teabagger-gov-matt-bevin-wasting-no-time-screwing-voters-poors#rhlvWTkJpMvDGlCB.99Shall we also discuss the decisions made regarding abortion and Viagra or the Arts? This is not going to get any better folks.

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Show your support for St. Jude patient Sydney
« Reply #594 on: February 17, 2016, 12:00:15 AM »
Show your support for St. Jude patient Sydney

While most 4-year-olds spend their days running, playing, singing or dancing, Sydney faces a very real battle for her life at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – a battle against brain cancer. Will you be in Sydney's corner? 
St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.But we can't do it alone. Kids like Sydney have a fighting chance only because dedicated people just like you have shown that they're willing to join the struggle. Please, raise your hand today and pledge to support Sydney and other children like her! 

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Step Up Mississippi Lawmakers: Implement Animal Abuse Registry Now
« Reply #595 on: February 18, 2016, 12:00:07 AM »
Step Up Mississippi Lawmakers: Implement Animal Abuse Registry Now

Animal abuse and cruelty is a sad problem that is difficult to control, but some states are taking measures to protect their animals from pain and suffering. Mississippi needs to be among those states.
Just as a sex offender’s registry helps protect people from criminals, an animal abuse registry would be a giant step towards protecting animals. Anyone convicted of animal abuse would have to register their name, address and photograph with law enforcement. This computerized list would then be available to breeders, shelters, and stores so that they can check it before sending an animal home with someone. If a merchant does not check the list before a sale or knowingly gives an animal to someone on the list, they would be held responsible. 
Mississippi has some of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the United States. The Humane Society of South Mississippi recently reported that just last year, Mississippi finally got a felony animal cruelty law on the state books. However, this law makes animal cruelty a felony only on the second offense. A sad fact.
Animal abuse also leads to violence against humans. Animal abusers are some of the worst types of people, with very little regard for life and humanity. Studies have shown that anyone who commits a crime against an innocent animal is more likely to hurt a person. 
Please take action to protect our state's animals and people by signing this petition to strongly urge the Mississippi State Legislature to create an animal abuse registry.
 

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Citigroup: Stop Donating to the New York Blood Center until it Reinstates Funding for Abandoned Chimps

After conducting invasive experiments on almost 500 chimpanzees for 30 years and promising to provide them with lifelong care, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) recently abandoned the 66 chimps who are still alive, leaving them to die of starvation and thirst on islands in Liberia with no natural food or water. If NYBC doesn’t resume funding when the emergency contributions made by private donors run dry, the chimps could starve to death. In 2005, Dr. Alfred M. Prince, an NYBC executive, stated that his organization “recognized its responsibility to provide an endowment to fund the sanctuary for the lifetime care of the chimpanzees." Betsy Brotman, the director of NYBC’s chimp research program, also acknowledged her organization’s obligation: ”It’s our responsibility to try to pay them back by letting them live out their lives in their natural environment. If you’re going to do work in chimpanzees, you should set up a system so that at the end of the research they have a place where they can live.” When the chimps were no longer needed for experiments, NYBC released them onto six islands in Liberia where the caretakers from NYBC’s former research facility could provide them with food and water. “That’s what we agreed to do,” said Brotman.
NYBC also abandoned 20 chimpanzees on an island in the neighboring Ivory Coast. Nineteen of these chimps and their offspring have died. The sole survivor, Ponso, is all alone and being fed sporadically by locals and a group formed to provide emergency relief. He is in grave danger and must be relocated to a sanctuary.
NYBC, which has $450 million in assets and has reportedly earned approximately $500 million in royalties off of the research conducted on these chimps, should not shift responsibility for the chimps to advocacy groups or the government of Liberia. As Jane Goodall noted in an open letter to NYBC, the organization has a “moral obligation” to pay for the care of these chimps. The nation’s leading animal advocacy groups have made multiple efforts to meet with NYBC, but the organization will not even return phone calls. Perhaps they will pay more attention to their major donors. Please sign this petition to urge Citigroup, one of NYBC's top donors that also prides itself on corporate social responsibility, to make their donations contingent on NYBC reinstating funding for the chimpanzees. 
If you are a Citibank or Citicard customer, please mention that in the space for comments when you sign the petition. 

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Protect Wolves in Idaho from Aerial Killings
« Reply #597 on: February 20, 2016, 12:00:14 AM »
Protect Wolves in Idaho from Aerial Killings

More than 1900 wolves have been slaughtered in aerial killings in Idaho. This "sport" continues in the Lolo Elk Management Zone of the Clearwater National Forest where hunters in small aircraft and helicopters chase and gun down wolves. Such a practice is appalling and must be stopped. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and the state of Idaho are permitting this cruelty to continue while the U.S. Forest Service silently watches it being carried out on protected lands.These federal and state government agencies are overlooking the well-being of our wolves and ignoring the consequences of these aerial killings. They appear to be taking the side of hunters and issuing hunting licenses despite the warnings of wildlife experts who say that these killings will harm the state's ecological balance.Please join me in encouraging the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to stop the slaughter of Idaho's wolves and protect the animals. Please sign and share this petition to end the war on wolves.

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Re: Daily Voice
« Reply #598 on: February 20, 2016, 01:02:13 AM »
Yes look after God's creation -  He loves it - why shouldn't I

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Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo: Hanako lives for 61 years alone in a concrete prison! Give her a real life or send her to a sanctuary!

IMPORTANT: WE HAVE NOW ESTABLISHED CONTACT WITH HANAKO'S ZOO AND NOW NEED YOUR HELP TO FUND OUR TEAM'S TRIP!!!
Hanako has lived for over 60 years alone, in a barren cement pen. Now there is finally hope for change. Every dollar counts. Every share counts. Please visit the funding campaign for Hanako and pitch in!  
CLICK HERE 
Hanako is a 69-year-old Asian elephant who has lived in shameful conditions at the Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo for the past 61 years. She was transported in 1949 from Thailand to Japan when she was just two years old, to what would become her life-long prison. And ‘prison,’ is not an exaggeration. 
Blogger Ulara Nakagawa saw Hanako while visiting the zoo, and was shocked to see the conditions of her confinement. Ulara writes in her blog that it looks like "one of the cruellest, most archaic zoos in the modern world." Hanako is completely alone in a tiny cement enclosure with nothing to comfort her or provide stimulation. She just stands there, appearing almost lifelessâ??, since there is nothing else for her to do. It was beyond painful for Ulara to take in Hanako's pitiful situation. To add insult to injury, the Inokashira Park Zoo is located in one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Tokyo and part of a public park known for being the home of the popular Ghibli Museum. This means that hundreds of thousands of global tourists have seen Hanako in her concrete prison and done nothing to help her. But now we have a chance to make up for lost time and make sure Hanako lives out her last days in the comfort she deserves. Please sign and share this petition demanding that Hanako be sent to an elephant sanctuary. If this is not possible, she needs to be given medical assistance and a new, enriched enclosure where she can interact with other elephants. She should not be forced to live in a concrete prison. Please support:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-hanako-the-elephant--2#/gallery
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