Stop Big Agriculture From Destroying Our Food System

 

 

Tell Congress: Stop Big Ag from destroying our food system!

Bees are dying at alarming rates, largely thanks to neonicotinoid pesticides. Monarch butterflies are declining — which is linked to the massive increase in the use of Roundup®. And our food is being doused in chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that contaminates our environment and harms children’s developing brains.

We urgently need to get these toxic pesticides out of our food system. And with Trump in the White House, our best chance to do that is at the state and local level. Already, communities across the country have passed laws to restrict pesticides.

Now, some members of Congress are trying to gut all of those laws in one fell swoop. Two pieces of legislation are advancing through the House that would strip state and local governments of their authority to protect us from Big Ag. We need your help to stop them!

Tell Congress: Don’t roll back protections for bees and butterflies, the environment and consumers!

These bills are a coordinated attack on our environmental protections that Big Ag companies like Monsanto and DuPont would benefit from at the expense of sustainable farmers, the environment, and consumers. They’re trying to take away our opportunity to fight at the state and local level altogether.

This is the opposite of what Congress should be doing. Our Representatives should be helping speed up the shift to organic agriculture and stopping Trump’s attacks on our food system, not advancing even more giveaways to Big Ag.

Tell Congress: Don’t undo decades of progress protecting our food system at the state and local level!

We need a food system that allows bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to flourish. One that protects us, our kids, farmworkers, rural communities and farmers from toxic pesticides. And one that doesn’t contribute to climate chaos.

State and local governments across the country have stepped up and gotten us closer to the food system we need. We can’t let Congress undo all that progress so companies like Monsanto and DuPont can make more profits.

Tell Congress: Don’t strip state and local laws that stop Big Ag from destroying our food system!

Thank you for speaking up when it matters most.

Standing with you,
Chloe Waterman,
Senior Foods Campaigner,

Friends of the Earth 

 

Senators Are So Cruel Not Protecting Innocent Animals From Death By Freezing

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We are in limbo…

Hello supporters, It’s been a crazy couple of days. We’re all exhausted and frustrated. This is where we are on SB872. The following summary was written by my colleague, Daphna Nachminovitch: As you may know, Sen. Lionell Spruill Sr. is carrying Senate Bill (S.B.) 872, which—as initially introduced—sought to give desperately needed protection to dogs who spend their lives trapped at the end of a…

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The Flower Dog Project In S. Korea

LCA Launches The Flower Dog Project with Sister Organization Animal Liberation Wave
LCA has formed a sister organization in S. Korea, Animal Liberation Wave (ALW), with one mission in mind – to end the dog meat trade. Rescuing dogs, one-at-a-time is not the answer and will not put an end to this horrific industry. Only at the government level can change be accomplished.
Help LCA continue fighting for the animals.
Now, with “boots-on-the-ground” in Korea, LCA and ALW are in a position to affect real change. With a series of strategic events planned, LCA and ALW aim to mobilize S. Koreans in their own country to call for the end of the dog meat trade.

LCA and ALW have launched The Flower Dog Project, a mobile art installation of 8 dogs touring S. Korea nationwide during the PyeongChang Olympics to bring awareness of the dog meat trade to the Korean public and international tourists. 2018 is the year of the Golden Dog and each flower dog has been given a special name to serve as a visual representation of the dogs suffering in the dog meat industry. Korean and global citizens are encouraged to sign the petition directed at the Korean government demanding the government to resolve the contradictory legal status of dogs into one: that of companion animals.

The Flower Dog Project at PyeongChang Olympics 2018
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Sign the petition at www.StopDogMeat.com asking S. Korea’s government to take a stand against dog meat.
  • Educate others about the dog meat trade and ask them to take action.
  • Make a donation today to help LCA continue the fight against dog meat.
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Friends of the Earth Speak Out Against Environmental Dangers

 

 

Help us reach 100,000 signatures to stop Trump’s new NAFTA!

Donald Trump is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. And his plan for the new NAFTA would be even worse than the current deal. Its impacts on people and the planet could be devastating.

So at Friends of the Earth Action, we’re joining a broad coalition of progressive organizations to stop Trump’s new NAFTA and fight for a deal that puts communities over corporations. But we need your help!

Sign the petition: Demand a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet before corporate profits!

NAFTA eliminates jobs, erodes wages, increases pollution, and undermines critical environmental and health protections. It harms lower-income families, people of color, and nearly everyone who is not a big corporation.

If Trump gets his way, the renegotiated deal will double down on giveaways to corporations. It could make it easier for agrochemical companies like Monsanto to force toxic pesticides into our food system. And it could undercut environmental and food safety safeguards.

Thanks to Friends of the Earth Action members like you, we stopped the environmentally-dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership. Now, we must stop Trump’s new NAFTA. Will you speak up today?

Help us reach 100,000 signatures to stop Trump’s new NAFTA!

Standing with you,
Bill Waren,
Senior trade analyst,
Friends of the Earth Action

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Pass A Virginia Law to Protect Dogs From Freezing in Cold Harsh Weather

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SB872 being heard by the House Subcommittee TODAY

Hello supporters, We got through the Senate. Now, our bill, SB872, goes back to the House Subcommittee TODAY at 4 pm EST. You may remember that this is the same subcommittee that did not pass our House bill, HB646. The members of this subcommittee are the hardest to convince. But, there’s strength in numbers. We need you to contact them TODAY and ask them to vote YES on SB872. This link will…

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Supports Justice for Abused Animals

Taken from Animal Legal Defense Fund, 525 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931, 707-795-2533, aldf.org,

 

Introduction by Jean Furs

Our Society needs strong leadership that prohibits the abuses of our innocent victims whether that be animals or humans. The time has come for this type of behavior to stop.  Our laws are not strong enough, our punishments are not taken seriously and human beings are not taught that its wrong to hurt another living creature. IT’S WRONG TO HURT OTHER SPECIES. IT’S WRONG TO ALLOW ANIMALS OR HUMANS TO BE HURT BY IGNORANT HUMANS.


Stephen Wells, Executive Director 

Preston Odle and Levi Evans of Dresden Tennessee tortured a puppy for “fun.” The puppy died after four hours of suffering. Their punishment was two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.

Robert Kyte of Burbank, South Dakota beat his neighbor’s dog to death with a hammer. Kyte’s punishment: one year of probation and about $2,500 in fines.

It is time to tell our elected officials when it comes to animal cruelty: Abuse an Animal – Go to Jail ™

All 50 states and the District of Columbia now classify certain animal cruelty crimes as felonies – that’s almost eight times the number of states that had felony provisions two decades ago.

But even though the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work has resulted in stronger laws, improvements are still needed. That is why together, we must ensure that animal abusers get the aggressive sentences they deserve.

For example: ALDF regularly works with prosecutors from across the country to ensure animal abusers pay for their crimes with a potent combination of jail time, fines, psychiatric treatment, supervised probation, and most important, bans on animal ownership. That’s how we help ensure that the punishment will not only begin to fit the crime – it will protect animals from further abuse, and it will deter other potential abusers from harming animals.

In addition, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s grassroots campaigns play a critical role in the defense of animals by shining the light of public scrutiny on animal abuse cases. To ensure that officials recognize the importance of animal abuse cases in their jurisdictions, we will mobilize concerned citizens to urge prosecutors and / or judges to take specific actions, such as deny bail, impose appropriate sentencing, or confiscate animals.

Your help is greatly needed; thank you for any help you can offer.

 

Virginia Senate Passes SB872 – Help Pass House of Representatives Next

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SB872 Passes Full Virginia Senate

Hello Supporters, I’m happy to report that SB872, our bill to prohibit tethering when the weather is 32 degrees and below, or 85 degrees and above, during a heat advisory, or during a severe weather warning, passed the full Virginia State Senate today with a vote of 33-7. Thank you to everyone who called and emailed their state senators. I have provided video of the reading/vote from earlier…

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Beneath The Ocean Surface Trouble Lurks

Taken from the Ocean Conservancy, 1300 19th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, 202-429-5609, www.oceanconservancy.org

Ocean Conservancy is a District of Columbia non profit organization, which is dedicated to using the best science-based solutions to tackle the biggest threats to our oceans.  Ocean Conservancy is a 501[c] public charity.

By Janis Searles Jones, Chief Executive Officer

There is no way I can sugarcoat it and I won’t, because I know you want to hear the truth. We either address the problems facing our ocean or we run the risk of destroying one of the richest sources of life on Earth.

On the surface, the ocean appears untouched by the environmental devastation that has swept across our planet. But underneath the surface, trouble lurks.

Majestic ocean animal’s like whales, dolphins and sea turtles are killed every day by trash and fishing gear.  Massive oil spills and climate change are taking a deadly toll-with an impact that will last decades.

Right now, the ocean needs a friend a friend like you.

Two independent studies have shown that ocean ecosystems are at the point of collapse.  The conclusions are alarming – 90 percent of large predatory fish have been lost in the past 50 years and 54 percent of coral reefs are threatened or destroyed worldwide.

It’s heartbreaking.  We’ve transformed wild, healthy seas into fish factories, garbage dumps, oil fields and super tanker express lanes. 

Over the years, Ocean Conservancy has led the fight to protect the North Atlantic right whale from extinction, spearheaded the campaign for an international ban on the trade in sea turtles and worked hard to expand protections for dolphins and seals.

Did You Know:

  • That over the last 32 years, Ocean Conservancy has helped remove over 228 million pounds of trash from our beaches and inland waterways?
  • Did you know that sea turtles can mistake plastic  bags for jellies, causing them to suffocate and drown?
  • Did you know that an estimated 8 million tons of plastic debris enter our waterways every year through land-based resources?

Please help Us help our Oceans and the Living Creatures that inhabit them.

Senate Sub committee Video on Virginia Bill SB872 On Protecting Dogs

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SB872 Subcommittee Hearing VIDEO

Hello Supporters, This is the Virginia Senate Subcommittee hearing on SB872, a bill that would protect dogs in harsh weather. This took place on February 1, 2018. Speaking on behalf of the bill are Matthew Gray (HSUS), Daphna Nachminovitch (PETA), and Kimberly Hawk (The HOWS Project). You will also get to hear someone speak in opposition to the bill. The video is approximately 18 minutes long…

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