Give Luca a voice

This is a petition to have Breck Ruddick removed from the Missouri State University football team.

Ruddick was someone Katie trusted. He had watched her dog before and she had spent a good amount of time with Breck as friends. She never thought leaving her 42 pound Australian Shepherd with Breck, a 200+ pound MSU football player, would lead to this. After “losing his cool” and hitting poor Luca, breck then led him outside and let him run off, all alone and bleeding profusely to try and cover up what he had done. Breck told Katie that “Luca had ran off” and she spent the whole night looking for her dog. The next day, a girl saw Katie’s post on Facebook and explained that she had found Luca in a parking lot covered in blood. The girl was nice enough to take him home and attempted to clean him up. When he was returned to Katie, the next day, he was STILL bleeding. He was then rushed over to the vet where they found that his jaw had been shattered and molers had all been fractured. After a 4 hour surgery, Luca had 6 teeth extracted and many sutures after the vet tried to fix the damage Breck had inflicted. 72 hours later Luca was stable enough to return home with Katie. He will remain on an oatmeal based diet and likeley have a lot of work to do by way of tusting humans again. It was the vet’s professional opinion that Luca had to have been hit more than one time with all of Breck’s force or with another object to have caused that much trauma.

The Springfield police referred Katie to animal control where she is attempting to pursue charges but the outcome of that is still undecided. Missouri State University backed head football coach Dave Steckel in his decision to suspend Ruddick from an upcoming game but that is not near enough. In no world should someone get just “a slap on the wrist” for an unprovoked beating of a defenseless animal.

Love cats? Please help!

Over 1,000 signatures! We need A LOT more though, if we want this to be considered by the senate. Don’t forget to like, share and sign! Every single signature counts. You do NOT have to put your real email or street address. MAKE SOMETHING UP if you’re not comfortable putting the actual addresses!

Click the image below!

https://www.change.org/p/animal-make-declawing-cats-illegal

SeaWorld’s worst nightmare: Lawmaker proposes ban on orcas in captivity


WE ARE SO CLOSE GUYS PLEASE SIGN THIS

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I’m adding some helpful links here since this got more popular and more notes than I’ve ever had, a few people posted things varying from not being sure what to do with the orcas if this passes, not having any understanding of why we’re fighting for their retirement to sea pens, and some straight up Pro-captivity propaganda. Since I may not be able to catch every question I get via notes since they’re going up very fast right now, I’m going to link a few of my replies here so people have a better understanding of what we’re fighting for and why. Some images in the replies may be graphic, but please bear with me- If we don’t see whats going on, if you don’t see it with your own eyes, you can convince yourself everything is okay, and it isn’t.

1. What are we planning to do with the whales since we can’t release them (Due to health issues, or being born in captivity)

2. Why would you ban this? Seeing them at seaWorld is awesome! (In which I discuss some main topics about things going on that SeaWorld can’t deny but still tries)

3. When a Pro-Cap posts Pro-SeaWorld stuff about how the Orcas are fine (They’re not)

4. When someone claiming to work at SeaWorld says the whales are fine (you’re kidding right?)

5. Further concerns with captives being released (Honestly we DON’T want to release them into the wild! Really really!)

6. Again about releasing the whales (and even more in detail than the other two. This one is entirely dedicated to why we cannot release the whales and how we want them retired to sea pens and sea sanctuaries!)

Petition to have Tumblr actually do something about porn blog bots following users.

• It’s annoying.
• It gives an imperfect metric for how many followers you have. (I would estimate about 25% of my “followers” are porn blogs run by bots).
• It makes pulling up your activity page iffy even if you use Tumblr strictly for SFW content.
• It’s problematic for individuals who have struggled with sex and/or pornography addictions, especially since many of the blog names are not obviously porn names, causing you to preview the blog.
• It exposes minors to illegal and harmful content.

And to many some of us:
• Porn (not the human beings in the porn) is disgusting.
• (Some of us, but not all) also find porn degrading to human beings, especially women (simply because women are more often the central attraction in porn, not because they are women and therefore somehow magically more affected by sex than men.)
• It makes Tumblr a less classy, less reputable place.

Please share this if you agree this is a serious problem.

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Update Aug. 01, 2016: Both myself and others who’ve messaged me regarding this have tired to contact Tumblr support directly, through email, and through Twitter. Aside from a generic copy/pasted response about how great it is that we’re being vigilant against spam, they have not taken any action or even acknowledged that this is a problem for many users. They don’t even take action when a user complains that the porn-bots are using their non-NSFW pictures for the porn-bot profile picture, or when the bots steal copyrighted NSFW images for their own use.

I don’t want to sound paranoid, but I’m beginning to think Tumblr has a vested financial interest in the porn-bots and actively wants to keep them going. For example, they might have back-door agreements with major porn sites because this is a great way to bring in new users (especially young users)  who don’t yet visit those sites. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that they don’t care about this problem. I encourage you to reach out to them directly as well through various social media. This will not change unless they feel like it will be more beneficial for them to deal with the problem than leave it the way it is. 

Edit: Whoa. I posted this less than two days ago (July 25th 2016) and already it’s by far my most popular post (4,300 notes). It’s awesome seeing this kind of response, and I’m happy I decided to make this even though it seemed silly at the time. I was writing it as a way to vent more than really thinking anything would come of it, but I couldn’t be more pleased.To the people saying thank you because they thought they were alone in being really annoyed and/or disgusted by the porn-bots: Thank you! I didn’t know so many people agreed on this issue. I thought I was in the quiet, silent minority. Now I’m rethinking that. It goes to show we’re more alike than we think.To everyone reblogging and tagging @staff : Thank you! I didn’t realize that was an option. How great would it be if something actually came of this?Of course, we could choose to go on other websites. But I’m guessing I’m not alone in my confusion as to why it’s easy to avoid porn on Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, DeviantArt, etc. etc. but close to impossible on Tumblr. I can’t imagine it’s beyond their capabilities to deal with this issue.Lastly, people have added a couple more reasons this is a problem. It’s a problem for:

• People who are repulsed by sexually explicit images
• People who don’t mind “normal” sexual images but who can’t get the (often violent) hardcore gifs out of their minds after seeing them with an accidental preview.
• People who are religious and disavow pornography. Obviously it’s not a sin if the contact with pornography is accidental, but it still causes negative guilt-like feelings, especially when they catch themselves linger over the images, even for curiosity’s sake. I’m sure there are even more.

Edit #2: Some people have brought up their concerns about what I mean by “especially women” and if I mean to target sex workers as part of the problem. These are great questions!  I address them here.

Edit #3: Even though I specifically said only some of us find hard-core porn disgusting, some people have brought up their concerns with what I mean by that as well. I can understand why you would feel that way, and really my beef about the porn-bots doesn’t need that to be effective, but in case you are curious. I discuss that here. If you are then further curious to see what kind of guy would have such strong opinions about porn, you can read this. I’m happy to talk about it with you, but please note this is not an open invitation to attack my beliefs. :) 

Edit #4: One more quick edit before going to sleep for the night. I realize my plea for getting rid of the porn bots also touches on much more complicated issues that people have strong feelings about. Porn-use in general, sex workers, misogyny, philosophy, religion. It’s good to talk and even debate, try to understand each other better, but I also feel like this should be a more focussed thing. Let’s just deal with the one thing we agree with: the porn bots suck eggs and they need to go. By reblogging this, you are NOT saying you agree with whatever other beliefs I may hold. This is only about the porn bots. I should have been tighter on my original composition, focusing only on the porn bots. (Man, that’s a weird sentence.) I’m really sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings today in our discussions. That’s not the kind of person I am, but short bursts of text are not the best medium for convey complex feelings and emotions. Goodnight.  

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It’s time for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
The Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and other cases opened the gates to a flood of billions of dollars that threatens to undermine our democracy.

What we need now is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Sign the Petition 

My girlfriend proposed to me the day we graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, one of the most respected schools in China. That’s a tradition here – but not if you’re a lesbian.

After photos of our proposal went viral, party officials at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies threatened to withhold my diploma, saying we should “keep our homosexuality to ourselves and don’t pester others.”

It didn’t stop there. They outed me to my parents and had the police break into my apartment to collect personal notes as “evidence”.

I’m devastated and humiliated, but I’m fighting back and need your help.

Sign my petition asking my university to publicly apologise to me, my girlfriend, and my family – and to make sure this never happens again.

#StopYulin2015

PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
Over 10,000 dogs are killed every year in southern China for the annual Yulin Festival. These pets are robbed and snatched from their homes, dragged with a rope  to a car, skinned alive, boiled alive, tortured, kept in small cages and beaten badly. The festival will be on June 21st this year. I know this isn’t the content of my blog but please help stop the Yulin festival. We’re are close to the goal. Raise your paw.

Sign it here!

BRITISH PEOPLE (and non-British animal lovers)

In 2004, the British government introduced the Hunting Act, which made the hunting of animals such as red foxes, hares and deer for sport or pleasure totally illegal. Now, just 11 years later, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving to repeal the ban, by opening the issue to a free vote of the MPs. This means that MPs will be voting based on personal views, but more importantly, on the views of their constituents.

This vote is set to happen within a matter of days. Mr Cameron never made it any secret that he supports the bloody sport of fox hunting, and would try to bring it back if he was re-elected as PM. 

For those who might be unfamiliar with British ‘traditional’ fox hunting, it’s a so-called ‘blood sport’ typically practiced by England’s very rich minorities, where a group of riders on horseback will set loose a pack of dogs on the countryside to hunt down and brutally kill wild animals for no other reason than personal enjoyment

Despite the ban, these people (and I use the term loosely), have continued to hold regular ‘hunts’ (claiming that no animals are harmed) and have repeatedly shown that they feel the law does not apply to the privileged gentry.

Fox cubs kept in captivity for illegal hunts 

At least half of Scottish hunts breaking the law

Prime Minister’s former hunt admits illegal activity

Very little attention is being given to this issue in the media, possibly because David Cameron knows that the majority of the British public still support the ban. However, with a majority of MPs belonging to the Conservative Party, this may not be reflected in the coming vote. This is why it is doubly important to get in touch with your local MP and tell them how you feel about the needless slaughter of these beautiful creatures. This website can tell you who your local MP is, and how to contact them

Other ways to show your support for the ban:

  • Sign the RSPCA’s petition on change.org
  • Contact your local government on social media - most have offical twitter accounts (you can use the handles #keeptheban and #nomandate2repeal)
  • Share and reblog this post - even if you don’t live in the UK, your followers might, and we need all the support we can get

More information:

RSPCA page on fox hunting

Brian May’s Save Me Trust

A Documentary on Post-Ban Fox Hunts (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)

Please, please don’t let this horrible and unnecessary violence and slaughter become legal in Britain again. We’re better than this. The animals deserve better than this. Stop the hunt. Keep the ban.

UK-only petition: for the UK to mirror the Irish Gender Recognition Act and allow trans people to self-define their legal gender

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You will not believe how fast I signed this, oh my word.

Transgender people in the UK are forced to pay to prove their identity to a Gender Recognition Panel. This process is humiliating, outdated and unnecessary. We urge the government to introduce an act equivalent to the Irish Gender Recognition Act, and allow trans* people to self-define their gender.

Having your gender recognised by the Gender Recognition Panel requires trans* people to go to pointless expense - whether requiring them to pay administration fees (and having to go through the lengthy and underfunded NHS gender transition system) or paying to attend a private clinic to receive the required evidence as well as paying to be seen by the panel.

Furthermore: no provisions are made for non-binary gender identities.

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Did you know that as of March 2015 only 3,906 Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs) had been issued since the Gender Recognition Act of 2005, compared to the 8,760 patients currently being treated by gender identity clinics in the UK? Did you know that there are possibly about 56,000 trans people in the UK? Did you know that it takes years and a non-refundable £140 to apply for a GRC (though actual costs are more like £1,000), and they might decide your gender isn’t real enough to be your legal gender, and trans people are more likely to be unemployed or on low income, receiving inadequate physical and mental health care, etc.? If you’re trans but have no GRC, if anyone needs to see your birth certificate you are involuntarily outed, which is discriminatory and sometimes outright dangerous.

This change to the Gender Recognition Act 2005 is sorely needed. The current system is actively harmful. It is unnecessarily expensive, time-wasting, and judgemental.

We’re at 275 signatures as I type this, and we need 10,000 signatures to get a response from Parliament. If we make it to 100,000 it might actually get debated in Parliament.

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Sign it sign it! I don’t care if you’re trans, help your trans friends and the trans friends you’ve not met yet! Help your unborn trans children!

Reblob it whether you’re in the UK or not! Share it with your mum! Leave flyers on lampposts! Attach a sandwich board to your cat promoting this petition!

IMAGINE how you’ll feel if you ever meet Laverne Cox and you did not sign this petition.

UPDATE ON THE BROCK TURNER RAPE CASE!

The petition to have Judge Aaron Persky removed from his Judicial position thanks to the lenient sentence against Brock Turner for his horrendous crime has reached over half a million signatures, and we’ve moved onto the next step.

The California Assembly still haven’t given any answers despite the huge publicity and disgust this story has received, so an extra step needs to be taken.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/impeach-judge-persky-bias-shown-brock-turner-sentencing

Signing the petition in the link above, means President Obama has to publicly address the matter, but we need to get 100,000 signatures within the next 30 days.

It only takes a minute, and hopefully if things work out, something can be done about this injustice.

Thanks guys, stay wonderful.

A referendum is not a legally binding contract

Okay so I know I’ve been speaking about UK politics a lot at the moment, but it is quite important. Yesterday’s referendum is not necessarily a legally binding contract and can be over turned by the government, with enough encouragement and public support. Less than 24 hours after the decision to leave the EU was announced we are already seeing the negative repercussions such as the pound sterling dropping to its lowest value in over 30 years, and representatives from the Leave campaign have already told us they cannot provide what they promised.

However, there is an official open petition calling for a second referendum due to the fact that less than 60% of the country voted for this outcome, and in light of the consequences we’ve already seen many people have changed their minds and now would rather remain a part of the European Union.
You do Not need to be 18 to sign, you just have to be a UK citizens or resident. Even if you’re neither of these things please reblog this so other people have to opportunity to sign

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215