Nurses and Patients Demand Equal Rights!!!

This is another issue that needs to be brought forward to the public. The treatment of everyone needs to be both fair and just. Those that are treated poorly have the right to say so, in this country. If those at the top of the pyramid don’t like the bad press, they should take more care, to prevent atrocious acts. Punishing those that speak out against unfair treatment, is why we have so many problems in our society. I urge others to help make this known!

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Ideas, organization, and effort bring power and results! Ideas, organization, and effort bring power and results!

With this post, I introduce a project still in its infancy: its planning stages, really.

Nurses have long known that countless abuses and misbehaviors against us go unreported and unaddressed. Perpetrators are valued sources of revenue and prestige, and much protected. Nurses know from bitter experience: honest reports of real abuses through official channels more often result in retaliatory punishment of the nurse reporters than any accountability for perpetrators harming both nurses and patients. The only savior for such nurses has been publicity. My project aims to help nurses aim this light of day. The usual status quo severely risks patient safety and protects both fraudulent ‘care’ and malpractice. Nurses demand better! Our current path seems to lead ever deeper into such corruption, protected and encouraged by powerful interests that care only for profit, not patients. These interests have largely silenced nurses with ruthless retaliation against any…

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These Five Circuses Need to Nix Elephant Acts

The times they are a-changing! On the heels of Ringling’s long overdue announcement that it will drop cruel elephant acts by 2018, we are doubling down and asking numerous other elephant exploiters to drop their elephant acts, too. Join us and be a voice for elephants.

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‘Rebel With a Cause: The Sam Simon Story’ Documentary

Sam SimonEven as he was fighting for his life, Sam Simon continued fighting for the right of animals to live as well. Watch Fusion’s new documentary that tells a beautiful story about Sam’s accomplished and compassionate life.

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Victory! Rite Aid Stops Selling ‘Teddy Tanks’

Fish rentalsWhen PETA learned that Rite Aid was selling Teddy Tanks—stuffed animals with tiny tanks in their stomachs, meant to hold betta fish—we knew we had to take action and inform the drugstore chain that fish are not toys. Read all about it here!

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Urge Live Earth to Offer Only Eco-Friendly Vegan Food

Chicken on GroundAl Gore’s Live Earth concert series promotes climate change awareness and asks world leaders to “take climate action now.” Urge the cofounders to combat climate change by offering only vegan food at the events.

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One Rescued Dog’s Stunning Transformation

CocoPETA found a sweet dog named Coco who was penned in a backyard 24/7, in all weather extremes. With some love and basic care, the once emaciated Coco made an astonishing transformation that you have to see to believe.

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Urge Groupon to Stop Promoting Cruel Animal Shows

Elephants At UniverSoulThe daily deals site has been promoting notorious animal exploiters, including Ringling Bros., SeaWorld, and UniverSoul Circus—even after a UniverSoul representative was recently arrested and charged with abusing an elephant. Tell Groupon to stop promoting animal abuse!

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PigsCows, pigs, chickens, and other animal victims of North America’s appetite for meat, eggs, and dairy products know nothing but a life of suffering. Make a gift right now and help us do more to protect these and all other animals from misery and a painful death.

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Tiger Cub’s Death Leap Exposes Black Market Breeding Ring

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Three local officials are fined $450 each for illegally raising endangered Siberian tigers.

March 19, 2015 By Taylor Hill
Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.
full bio: Taylor Hill is associate editor, environment and wildlife at TakePart. Taylor has covered issues involving marine habitat, harbors and beaches for the Orange County Register, The Log News, and Sea Magazine.

Siberian Tiger Park, Harbin China

It started with the unbelievable story of a tiger cub plummeting 11 stories to its death from a building in a Chinese port city.

It ends with three government officials, all members of the People’s Congress (the city legislature) of Qingdao, resigning from their posts for illegally breeding and raising endangered Siberian tigers. Each man has also been fined 3,000 yuan—about $450—but the three face no further charges, according to the South China Morning Post.

Over time the men possessed at least 11 endangered Siberian tigers between them. But they might never have been discovered if not for the harrowing death of the seven-month-old cub in February.
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Suit Launched to Protect Pollinators, Frogs From New Pesticide

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The Center for Biological Diversity and other public-interest groups notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday of our intent to sue over its failure to protect a range of federally protected species — including bees, butterflies, amphibians and birds — from a powerful, newly approved insecticide called “insecticide.”

Even though the EPA recognized the chemical could harm endangered species, it didn’t consult with any wildlife agencies to protect those species. The insect poison could be particularly harmful to solitary bees that are often important crop pollinators — 4,000 species of which live in the United States.

“This systemic insecticide makes a plant highly toxic to any birds, butterflies and bees that feed on it, but the EPA has turned a blind eye and approved it without considering how it will hurt imperiled wildlife like the endangered Karner blue butterfly,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center’s new Environmental Health program. “It’s our government’s duty to investigate how dangerous insecticides might affect wildlife — not just rubberstamp their approval.”

Read more in The Oregonian.


Feds Ban Imports on Four Large Constrictor Snakes — Thank You

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just made it illegal to import four kinds of nonnative constrictor snakes — or sell them across state lines — by adding them to the list of “injurious” wildlife under a law called the Lacey Act. This should prevent widespread introduction of these exotic animals, which can be extremely destructive to U.S. ecosystems and our own native species.

In 2010 scientists identified nine snakes as posing an unacceptable risk of establishing invasive populations; two years later the agency said four of those species would be listed as “injurious”: Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas, and northern and southern African pythons. And now the Service has announced that it will list four of the remaining five snakes under the Lacey Act — the reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda and Beni anaconda.

Last summer the Center submitted comments on a proposed rule that identified numerous scientific studies documenting the risk posed by exotic constrictor snakes. About 30,000 Center supporters backed our efforts, writing to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to ask that the remaining snakes be listed as injurious. The Center — and the snakes that won’t be trafficked — thank you.

Read more in The New York Times.


Help Bring Northwest Grizzly Bears Back From the Brink — Take Action

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The grizzly bears of the Pacific Northwest could soon get some much-needed help from the feds: The National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service have declared they’ll be teaming up to restore a healthy grizzly population to the North Cascades, bringing in bears from neighboring areas. Now the agencies need to hear from you to know these massive, iconic bears have your full support.

The rugged North Cascades mountain range is key to grizzly survival in the lower 48, according to scientists … but only six bears are currently living there. Since they earned Endangered Species Act protection in 1975, grizzlies have begun to recover — but some populations could still disappear, so they all must be expanded to counter threats like climate change, development and logging.

The Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service have waited years to invite public input on their plan for Cascades grizzlies — so we have to act quickly.

Voice your support now for grizzly recovery in the Cascades to keep this project and these bears moving forward.


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San Leandro City Council Says No to Dangerous Oil Train Project

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San Leandro, Calif., became the latest city to oppose a proposed Phillips 66 oil train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County when its city council unanimously passed a resolution Monday urging county supervisors to deny the project’s permit. The San Leandro Teachers’ Association and San Leandro Unified School District are also opposed.

If approved the facility would bring mile-long oil trains, carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude, through densely populated areas nearly every day. Oil train traffic in the United States has increased more than 4,000 percent since 2008 — bringing with it a steep rise in derailments, spills and explosions, with more oil spilled in rail accidents in 2013 than in the previous four decades combined.

“I look out my classroom door every day at the trains going by on the Capitol Corridor,” said schoolteacher Claudia McDonagh. “With the recent exploding derailments in West Virginia and Illinois it becomes easy to imagine one of those mile-long oil bomb trains coming off the tracks and into my classroom.”

Read more in our press release.

Oil Waste Is Contaminating California’s Underground Water, Officials Admit

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Facing tough questions from California lawmakers, state regulators admitted last week that oil companies are contaminating underground water by dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into protected aquifers.

Documents obtained by the Center had already shown that oil companies were allowed to drill about 2,400 illegal injection wells for waste disposal or oil production into protected aquifers, including many with water clean enough to drink.

But last week’s state Senate hearing confirmed the dire consequences. “We believe that any injection into the aquifers that are non-exempt has contaminated those aquifers,” water official Jonathan Bishop told lawmakers.

This illegal dumping contaminates water because fracking flowback and other oil waste contain cancer-causing chemicals like benzene. But Gov. Jerry Brown’s oil regulators have so far shut down just 23 of the illegal wells, so we have much more work to do.

“If Gov. Brown doesn’t halt fracking and illegal waste water injection, Californians will bitterly regret the damage done to our water supply,” said the Center’s Kassie Siegel.

Learn more about these illegal oil industry wells via our new interactive map.


Help Give Away New Endangered Species Condoms for Earth Day — Sign Up Now

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At the very first Earth Day in 1970, the world’s rapidly growing human population was a central part of the conversation. But now, 45 years and 3.5 billion more people later, population growth is rarely talked about.

You can help change that by joining the Center’s Endangered Species Condoms project.

Every year we give away tens of thousands of free condoms in packages featuring wildlife threatened by humans’ runaway population and overconsumption. And this Earth Day we’re launching a new lineup of Endangered Species Condoms with different species; new artwork; new slogans; and new, sustainable, fair-trade Sustain brand condoms — but we need volunteers to help us distribute them at events and in communities across the country.

The deadline to sign up to be an Earth Day condom distributor is March 25. Even if you’ve signed up in the past, we need you to confirm your contact information and current mailing address. Sign up to volunteer and get a sneak preview of our new condom designs.


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Dozens Die in South Pacific Superstorm, Island President Faults Climate Change

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When Cyclone Pam hit the South Pacific island of Vanuatu last weekend, at least 24 people died — and the massive storm flattened buildings, wrecked infrastructure, and left more than 3,000 survivors displaced.

Right after the storm hit, Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale warned that climate change was contributing to more extreme weather conditions, specifically cyclone seasons, in his region — like those that caused Pam. In an affecting speech, he also lamented other climate change-related phenomena threatening his country.

“We see the level of sea rise,” Lonsdale said. “The cyclone seasons, the warm, the rain, all this is affected. … This year we have more than in any year. … Yes, climate change is contributing to this. I am very emotional. … We do not know if our families are safe. As the leader of the nation, my heart hurts for the people.”

Read more in The Guardian.


Wild & Weird: Did Man’s Best Friend Cause the Neanderthal Extinction?

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For millennia Neanderthals raised their young, buried their dead, hunted, laughed and lived in the presence of a daunting variety of Pleistocene Eurasian megafauna: giant cave bears, saber-toothed tigers, huge lions, woolly rhinos and leopards. But then, some 40,000 years ago — in what amounts to the blink of an eye in evolutionary time — Neanderthals and that host of megafauna nearly all fell to extinction. No single prevailing theory has yet explained the event.

But we do know that modern humans showed up in Neanderthal territory not long before the Neanderthals disappeared. A new book by retired anthropology professor Pat Shipman puts forth the hypothesis that modern humans, and their alliance with another apex predator, the wolf-dog, allowed the newcomers to hunt more efficiently than Neanderthals. Through domestication of wolves, humans were able to hunt many species, like mammoths, that Neanderthals rarely challenged.

Read more on Pat Shipman’s book The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, including an interview with the author, in National Geographic.


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Cats and Dogs Slaughtered

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Millions of Cats and Dogs Slaughtered and Stripped of Their Fur
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Stand with PETA to take on the fur industry! If you become a member today, your gift will be DOUBLED—up to our $15,000 goal!

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Dear Rusty,

Many of us share a loving home with a cat or a dog, a sensitive and loyal friend whose affection is unconditional.

But this year in China, more than 2 million dogs and cats will be condemned to a hellish life of abuse, neglect, and cruelty before being slaughtered and stripped of their fur for the global skins industry. The U.S. and Canada are major importers of fur from China.
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PETA is taking hard-hitting steps to save these animals and others facing cruelty, but our campaigns rely on the support of individual donors like you.

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Become a PETA member today and help stop the suffering of dogs, cats, and other animals killed for their skin, tortured in laboratories, and abused in other ways. And if you become a member right now in response to this appeal, a generous supporter will match your gift dollar for dollar, up to our $15,000 goal.

The cruelty that investigators have exposed in the Chinese fur trade is truly heartbreaking. Hundreds of terrified animals are stuffed into cages packed so full that they are unable to move. Denied food and water, they often share these cramped cages with dying animals and others who have already died as they’re shipped to live-animal markets. Once they arrive, the cages are tossed carelessly from the trucks onto the ground below, shattering the bones of the fearful animals inside them.

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At a Chinese market, an investigator documented that a frightened dog’s head was restrained with a wire noose as a worker genitally electrocuted the animal with a metal rod. Footage revealed that animals at the markets are routinely bludgeoned and skinned alive, their stripped, bleeding bodies discarded and tossed onto a pile with those of other dying animals. These animals’ hearts may continue to beat for as long as five minutes, their gasps ignored as the next victim of the fur trade is skinned.

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We cannot stand idly by and allow this kind of intense suffering to continue. But PETA has more opportunities to help animals than it does financial resources. That’s why if you become a PETA member right now in response to our appeal, your gift will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to our $15,000 goal.

Please take your compassion for animals to the next level and join PETA today. Together, we can expose and stop the abuse of animals.

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Thanks to the support of our members, no other group has taken a stronger stand against the cruelty of the skins trade than PETA. Through groundbreaking investigations and eye-opening campaigns, we have convinced some of the world’s largest retailers to end the sale of fur or exotic-animal skins and inspired major corporations, including Coleman and Ann Taylor, to make history by refusing to sell the feathers of ducks and geese abused for down.

By becoming a PETA member today, you’ll be helping to supply vital resources to all of PETA’s campaigns. You’ll be standing side by side with our dedicated team of researchers, scientists, investigators, campaigners, and other professionals to make the world a better place for animals.

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Along with a subscription to our colorful and informative magazine Animal Times, members-only discounts on PETA merchandise, and invitations to exclusive town hall meetings, all PETA members receive a membership card as a symbol of their commitment to animals. The card represents our donors’ dedication to helping animals and speaking out against their abuse. Most importantly, every PETA member is part of a growing international movement to make the world a kinder place for all animals.

Become a PETA member today.

Thank you for your compassion for all animals.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
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