Spain: Stop abusing big cats in circuses!

Spain: Stop abusing big cats in circuses!
rusty,A four-month-old lion cub, Magnus, was starved by circus owners to keep him small enough to pose for selfies with visitors. Magnus was kept on a liquid-only diet and nearly died of malnutrition. His esophagus shrunk, making it impossible for him to eat solid foods.

We can help animals like Magnus – sign the Care2 petition urging the Spanish government to stop using big cats in circuses today!

Magnus is now being cared for by a charity, but he will be chronically ill for the rest of his life. Sadly, his situation is not unique. Big cats used in tourist shows are often drugged and abused.

Cubs are usually taken away from their mothers at an early age so they are easier to handle. Their claws and canine teeth are removed so that they can’t harm visitors.

These animals don’t deserve such horrifying cruelty just so people can take selfies. Ringing Bros circus recently announced it would stop abusing elephants in response to pressure from around the world. If enough of us speak out against this awful abuse of lions and tigers, the entertainment industry in Spain may follow suit as well. Tell the Spanish government to ban the use of lions, tigers, and other big cats in circuses!

Thank you,

Cate H.
The Care2 Petitions Team

Shut Down Hollywild Animal Park!

Tell USDA: Shut Down Hollywild Animal Park!

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Shut Down Hollywild
Animal Park

Sign Kristina’s Petition


Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina, has a horrible track record of animal health and safety violations, and recently had a fire that killed 27 of their animals! The USDA is currently investigating Hollywild, so Care2 member Kristina Snyder launched a petition urging them to shut Hollywild down.

Sign Kristina’s petition and help put an end to Hollywild’s legacy of poor animal care!

From a lack of veterinary care to rotten carcasses left in animal enclosures, Hollywild had over a dozen animal health and welfare violations the last time USDA inspectors were at the facility, triggering an in-depth investigation into the park. Tragically, before that investigation could be completed, an electrical fire burned down one of Hollywild’s animal barns, and killed 27 of their animals.

Beyond their previous violations, Care2 member Kristina Snyder maintains they are a breeding zoo that allows human/cub interactions and perpetuates the exotic pet problem, leaving accredited sanctuaries inundated with older, unwanted exotics.

Tell the USDA: It’s time to end Hollywild’s shameful run and shut them down.

Thanks for taking action!

Aaron V
The Care2 Petitions Team

Stop Making Our Families Sick!

Hey y’all, sorry to wax radical this morning, but I got this email in my box, and felt something should be done about things we just ignore and put up with.;jsessionid=6176FBAAB9DE628072D3282A01E1E41B.app207a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=12153&autologin=true&s_src=413ZSRNW01
Tell the Obama Administration to protect families from mountaintop-removal coal mining today!
SierraRise — Why stand apart, when we can rise together?
More profit for Big Coal?

Or less cancer and more mountains for future generations?

Take action today!
Send a message to the Obama administration today: No more mountaintop-removal mining!

Take action today!
Dear rusty,

My name is Donna Branham and I live in Mingo County, West Virginia — smack dab in the middle of coal-mining country.

A few years ago, Island Creek Coal Company opened a mountaintop-removal coal mine two miles from the house where I grew up, and where my Mom and Dad still lived. Because of the danger, my parents had to leave their home so that they could have a reasonable life. My mom never felt at home again.

After that, I knew I had to act. The coal companies are putting a burden on us, and it isn’t fair. I’ve got grandchildren, and I want them to live in a better world. That’s why I’m calling on the Obama Administration to put our health first, and why I’m asking you to take action too. I’m a registered nurse and I’ve seen firsthand how mining hurts the health of my community. I’ve seen how it is making my community sick — and year after year, it’s only getting worse.

I’m tired of seeing families get sick just so Big Coal can increase its profits. Please send your message to the Obama Administration before it’s too late: Put our health first — no more mountaintop-removal coal mines!

Mountaintop-removal coal mining blows off the tops of mountains to extract the coal that fuels our nation’s power plants. It has already leveled 500 mountains and buried over 1,200 miles of streams — but it gets worse. It raises my community’s risk of birth defects, cancer, and heart disease.[1]

Right now, dozens of permits are pending for new mines and the Obama Administration could approve them any day. If they get approved, it will mean more people get sick and more mountains get destroyed — but I don’t want any more families to suffer the effects of Big Coal’s pollution.

Send a message to the White House today, and let them know that families like mine need them to stand up and say no to any more mountaintop-removal coal mines. Our health depends on it.

There have been many times where folks like us worked together to make change happen. If it weren’t for mothers demanding a right to vote, women would still not be allowed at the polls. It takes people like you and me who get fed up enough to take action to make a change.

SierraRise is just the community to make that change, working together online for progress and a healthier planet. This community will reach new audiences and build a bigger and more powerful movement than ever before. That means sharing heartfelt stories and inspiring pictures with our friends and family and flooding the in boxes of public officials and corporations with powerful personal messages — thank you for being part of this.

If we stand together, we can create a better life for our children and grandchildren. Tell the Obama Administration to protect families from mountaintop-removal coal mining today!

Thanks for all you do to protect our environment!


Donna Branham
Sierra Club Volunteer
Mingo County, WV

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1. Cheves, John (2011 June 23). “Study notes spike in birth defects near mountaintop mining.” Lexington Herald Ledger.

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I urge the Obama administration to take action to stop the most destructive form of energy extraction in America — mountaintop removal coal mining.

Recent, peer-reviewed science shows that mountaintop removal coal mining does more than destroy Appalachian mountains and streams; it increases risk of serious diseases such as birth defects, cancer, and cardiovascular disease mortality.

It’s time to end mountaintop removal coal mining!

There are so many issues that need to be addressed in this Great land of ours. We can’t allow big business keep making life difficult or impossible, for profits. I realize our country needs fuels to power our nation, but we also need future generations, to carry our nation into the future.
Please hear the pleas of the people and help us all to live a healthy and productive life.
Thank you for taking the time to hear the thoughts of our citizens.

Truly, Rusty Garner-Smith;jsessionid=6176FBAAB9DE628072D3282A01E1E41B.app207a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=12153&autologin=true&s_src=413ZSRNW01

Save The Internet

There is trouble brewing for all of us internet users. I will ask you to urge the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a “common carrier” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. That would protect “net neutrality” and ensure basic consumer protections for Internet service.

The big cable and telecom companies are leading the fight to completely deregulate Internet service. These companies want to squash competition, water down consumer protections, discriminate against certain web traffic, and spark higher rates and slower speeds for everyday consumers like us.

Consumers need the FCC to take a stand against these giants. Please, protect net neutrality and fight for the free and open Internet. Please, forward the petition to your friends so they can fight for the open Internet, too!