Sumatran Last Stand For Orangutans: Petition

I stand with Rainforest Action Network in calling on the US snack food industry to help stop the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests for palm oil.

The rainforests of Indonesia are some of the most biodiverse forests in the world and home to a number of endangered species, like Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers, pygmy elephants and rhinoceros. These rainforests continue to be destroyed to produce palm oil so it can be used in the manufacturing of food products, including in snack foods and sweets that are some of America’s favorite brand name products.

I would prefer my crackers, chocolate, cookies, peanut butter, and ice cream not to come with orangutan extinction. That is why I am standing with RAN in calling on snack food companies to protect Indonesia’s rainforests and all of the people and wildlife who depend on them by cutting palm oil tied to rainforest destruction and social conflict out of their supply chains.

Petition By Rainforest Action Network

Save The Orangutans

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Stop Elephant Poaching: Petition

Poaching efforts in Myanmar are depleting the world’s elephant populations faster than ever before. At the start of the 20th century, there were 100,000 elephants across Asia. That number has dwindled to just 40,000.

Not only are tusks being sold, but also elephant teeth, skin, and trunk. You must crack down on the gangs of Myanmar that are hunting down these elephants and bring them to full justice.

Stop Poaching Elephants by Protect Endangered Species.

Why Elephants are being poached –

According to the Smithsonian Insider Asian elephants are being poached for their skin and meat yet not their tusks. Since the Elephants do not have predominantly large tusks like their African cousins. This epidemic places calf’s and adult elephants at risk to be slaughtered.

Their skin is being used for furniture, clothing, and jewelry. While the meat is being used for food and medical purposes. However, the meat does not have any medical property. It’s basically a scam to make money off of false hope.

All in all, it’s greed that is the culprit driving the poaching campaign.

Don’t Dump Animals On The Street

There are advocates out there driven by emotions instead of logic. These advocates are a danger for animal kind. A friend of ours encountered such a person on a public forum. While defending responsible owners for surrendering their beloved companions to a shelter, because they fell on hard times. Losing a job and forced to move out of state, to a place that has restrictions, is all too familiar to our friend.

The moment that our friend defended the owner was the very moment an irrational advocate lunged at her verbally.

Stating: ” I would rather go hungry and die before placing my fur kids in the shelter. I would even rather see them running free on the streets” among other hateful words.

Okay, let’s make some things very clear here about dumping your animals on the streets.

First Your animals are domesticated, they have no clue how to survive without human intervention.

Second, not everyone is kind to strays or homeless beings. Rocks are thrown, people put poison in food or water. Dog fighters pick up strays to use as baiting. Some people even shoot to kill.

Third, if cruel people don’t get a hold of the now new stray that you just casually dumped. The elements will, by which we mean your dumped companion can die from exposure. Heat, cold, other animals and or cars. Not to mention the slow painful way to die by way of starvation.

Fourth, on top of all that if your companion isn’t spayed or neutered, what do you think happens? The stray population grows, and the majority of the time it causes a FERAL colony. Which is not only dangerous for the general public yet also dangerous for the animals.

Yes, most shelters kill to make room. Others use a fostering program to make room. And about a third are a pet store affiliated facility that makes room for new animals by giving animals to pet stores, such as PetSmart and Petco.

People have options when it comes to surrendering their animals for any legitimate reasoning.

Dumping them on the street IS NOT and SHOULD NOT be one of those options.

Those who advocate for dumping on the street are those who have no true compassion for animal life. Streetlife is full of suffrage and it’s no place for any living beings.

So please, use the shelters, or find a home for your companions. Just don’t dump them on the streets.

Dangerous Foods To Avoid

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Avocado

Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds.  Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine

These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Citrus

The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

Coconut and Coconut Oil

When ingested in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm to your pet. The flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools or diarrhea. Because of this, we encourage you to use caution when offering your pets these foods. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins

Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Milk and Dairy

Because dogs do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Nuts

Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Onions, Garlic, Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones

Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Salt and Salty Snack Foods

Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. As such, we encourage you to avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets. 

Xylitol

Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and potentially twist, becoming a life threatening emergency. The yeast produces ethanol as a by-product and a dog ingesting raw bread dough can become drunk.

Sources: American Veterinarians Association, HSUS, ASPCA, WebMD- pets.

Ban shark fin products in US & save sharks from extinction.

Petition By United Conservationists, Inc

Sharks – the apex predators of the oceans – have survived 400 million years of evolution, yet many species may face extinction within our lifetime. Up to 100 million sharks are being killed every year, most often their bodies are discarded and only their fins are kept to be used in Shark Fin Soup – a delicacy in some Chinese restaurants*. Over hunting of the world’s largest fish has caused severe declines among many shark species, including the iconic Great White. Currently a third of shark species are threatened with extinction, and some populations have plummeted by over 90%.

The situation has become so dire that China has decided to ban Shark Fin Soup at official state banquets. In the U.S. several states to date (including California, Oregon, Hawaii and New York), have introduced state-wide bans on shark fins, with more states in the process of introducing bans.

Sharks are essential to the health of our oceans. As apex predators, sharks maintain a critical balance in the ocean. When sharks are eliminated, disastrous effects have been documented further down the food chain, including the collapse of commercial fisheries and the degradation of coral reefs. If sharks were to become extinct, this would have massive unintended consequences for our ocean ecosystems worldwide.

Time is running out for the world’s shark populations. Please sign and share the petition to tell our leaders take a big step in preserving the world’s vital oceans by banning the sale and distribution of shark fins and shark fin products nationwide. It’s time for all Americans to join the FinFree™ movement!

Ban shark fin products in The US & save sharks from extinction.

Animal Lives Matter

The lives of animals matter, yet some think otherwise. Some think human life is greater than that of Animal Life, and that animals deserve zero rights to life.

We are in the age of technology, where we do not need to experiment on animals just to find a cure for some kind of ailment. We are capable of finding cures through virtual reality through a combination of a computer program, mathematics and yes, even virtual chemicals. It is no longer science fiction, it is science fact.

Yet here scientists sit in a laboratory studying and testing on living beings who are unable to say stop. Who are unable to say you are hurting us, who are scared and in pain every day of the week.

I write this in disgust of an article that was shared with me on Facebook, of how the Government just gave the go-ahead to experiment on live dogs.

The US government has decided to press ahead with controversial experiments on dogs, despite critics in congress and elsewhere attacking them as cruel and unnecessary. The department for veterans affairs (VA) has approved the continuation of the testing, which it says will help doctors find new ways to treat wounded soldiers, according to USA Today.

Researchers running the experiments will remove sections of the dogs’ brains that control breathing, sever spinal cords to test cough reflexes and implant pacemakers before triggering abnormal heart rhythms. All the dogs involved will ultimately be euthanized.

These experiments are otherwise known as Vivisection. Here’s the article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/dogs-experiments-veterans-affairs-us-government-fatal-animal-congress-a8616861.html

What is Vivisection?

Vivisection, operation on a living animal for experimental rather than healing purposes; more broadly, all experimentation on live animals. It is opposed by many as cruelty and supported by others on the ground that it advances medicine; a middle position is to oppose unnecessarily cruel practices, use alternatives when possible, and restrict experiments to necessary medical research (as opposed, for example, to cosmetics testing). Surgery on animals without anesthesia was once common; many people, most significantly René Descartes, claimed that animals did not really feel pain. The testing of certain chemicals on animals to find the lethal dose still occurs.

Is Vivisection Against The Law?

Simply put it is very legal in the United States. Although highly controversial, to where activists have gone to jail for sabotaging the experimental torture. Which I truly tip my hat to them, for the courage it takes to make those rescues happen.

Right now, these dogs and other animals are going to need everyones help, escaping from the hell that will be taken place. We must raise our voices. Write, tweet, and call into the legislation, the Senate as well as the house of representatives. In order to halt the atrocities from happening to these animals.

No animal deserves to be treated with such malice, just so some cure can be found. Animal lives matter. Moreover, it is about time that our government realizes just how much they matter.

As always, when contacting officials, be diplomatic and state facts. Keep persisting, no matter how many times they may hang up, or walk away. Vigilant Persistence will save lives.

(Article was written by Mary Robbins and shared with us)

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