I did the usual click-to-donate tabs and went through all of them as always. I then moved on to the petitions page. Here are some that I signed off on:
- The first was to stop the senseless slaughter of Australian camels. Australia has the largest population of undiseased dromedary camels anywhere in the world. Now, the Australian government is proposing to slaughter the majority of them in the name of carbon control.
- First to sign a petition to stop using handcuffs as punishment in schools! A student who was handcuffed to a railing for an entire day for not wearing a belt had to eat his lunch while handcuffed. Another student, 15 years old, was handcuffed to a railing for hours just for greeting her friend too loudly in the hallway. These incidents do not describe events that occurred at a correctional facility, but at Capital City Alternative School in Mississippi.
- I LOVE chocolate. The next was a pledge to make my chocolate child labor free. In the Ivory Coast, the leading supplier of cocoa, more than 100,000 children are reported to work in the cocoa fields, and as many as 10,000 are suspected to be victims of human trafficking and slave labor. The children are made to work for little to no wages and often live and work in dangerous conditions. Some are even beaten daily. This is a pledge to support chocolate companies that purchase only Fair Trade cocoa. First to sign this one too!! Check out some of the companies that support fair trade: stopchocolateslavery
- The last was to tell Mattel to stop destroying rainforests for toy packaging. Rainforests are torn down and turned into paper products, while the empty land is converted into pulpwood plantations. Critical wildlife habitat and carbon-rich rainforests and peatlands are being wrecked for cheap, throw-away toy packaging.