Petition Tag - consumer

1. Support Craft Beers and Specialty Wines/Spirits in Twin City Plaza

Woody's Liquors in Somerville is looking to move to Twin City Plaza as Liquor Junction, where a new store with an expanded selection would offer craft beers, specialty wines/spirits, and other quality selections to the area. This move will add new jobs and improvements to the location.

2. Facebook Stop Posting Ads For Fraudulent Internet Scam Websites

Facebook is filled with false advertisements linking to fraudulent internet scam websites, such as www.dresslily.com.

Please join in asking Facebook to stop supporting these fraudulent money scams by posting their advertisements.

Let's stop facebook.com bombarding our newsfeeds with fraud sites!

3. Allow all globally available video games a classification and sale in Australia; Say No to refused classification

The Australian Classification Board has finally humored the Australian public with an R18+ classification that we have all pleaded for. Unfortunately, this means nothing, as they continue to control what we can and cannot access from the international market.

The video game "Saint's Row IV" would have received an R18+ classification, but instead has been ruled inappropriate for us to enjoy. It is not the fact that this particular game is unavailable, but that the R18+ classification means little to nothing when compared to other markets.

This petition leads to ensure ALL video games allowed in other markets are allowed to the Australian public with proper classification. We do not want this (Saint's Row IV being refused classification) to ever happen again.

4. Support a Student Bill of Rights

Petition for an American Student Bill of Rights:

Students in the United States are blessed to have legal rights, freedoms and protections. These include constitutional, civil, contract, consumer rights and rights specific to higher education. They are scattered, however, through a number of legal documents and court decisions making it hard for students to find them.

Please sign this petition for the creation of a National Student Bill of Rights which clearly states what rights exist to protect students and how they are applied in institutions of higher education.

DO NOT JUST RECOMMEND THIS PETITION, SIGN IT!
It doesn't matter which country you live in or where you are from, please, show your support. Press the sign petition button at the bottom of the page. You have nothing to lose and students have everything to gain.

5. Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders

Join with the American Kennel Club to express your concerns about the harsh and unintended consequences that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulations (RIN 0579-AD57) to redefine “retail pet store” would have on responsible small and hobby breeders.

Under the proposed regulations, breeders - who maintain more than four “breeding females” and who sell even one puppy sight unseen, by any means (including online, by mail or by telephone), would now be regulated as commercial breeders by the USDA. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from some of our nation’s top breeders who in many cases, have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament.

Under current law, the federal Animal Welfare Act exempts from federal oversight “retail pet stores,” which sell puppies directly to a final customer for use as pets. This exemption means that most non-commercial small or hobby breeders do not have to be licensed and regulated by the USDA. The proposed rule rescinds the exempt “retail pet store” status of anyone selling pets at retail to buyers who do not physically enter the breeder’s facilities in order to personally observe the animals available for sale.

The rule also requires anyone who owns more than four “breeding females” and sells puppies, cats or other small/exotic pets “sight unseen,” by any means, to be licensed, regulated and inspected as a USDA commercial breeder.

The AKC shares the USDA’s concern about substandard Internet puppy sellers that operate outside the current regulations. However, the unintended consequences of this proposed rule create unreasonable hardships on small hobby breeders. This rule could threaten the future of a vast number of small responsible dog breeders and the very existence of some rare breeds in the United States.

The rule creates an unfair burden on small breeders who may depend on the ability to place dogs very selectively in known situations without physically meeting with the purchaser at the specific time of sale. Likewise, many hobbyists are comfortable purchasing an animal sight-unseen based on known pedigrees, bloodlines, previous relationships or personal knowledge of each other’s facilities and programs. Such scenarios are particularly common and necessary for breeders and fanciers of rare breeds. The proposed rule does not make allowances if the purchaser is willing to sign a waiver of an in-person sale requirement.

It is unreasonable to expect small breeders, who may keep a handful of intact females in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA commercial kennel engineering standards that were never intended for home environments. Other pre-existing restrictions such as local ordinances, insurance or licensing may also prevent hobbyists from adapting their facilities.

6. Petition Against Video Surveillance in Transportation Vehicles at Riverside Industries Inc.

Recent events have prompted the inquisition into a surveillance system for Riverside transportation vehicles. These cameras will give non-objective personnel the ability to observe every action of every person in extreme detail while using a Riverside vehicle.

While it is being argued that the installation of this technology is for the benefit and well-being of Riverside employees and consumers, the fact still remains that equal or greater harm can also manifest. The human condition has sometimes been agreed to include the idea that: humans make and learn from their mistakes on a consistent basis . With this in mind, it would be an frivolous to place the actions of anyone under video scrutiny in every situation.

Therefore, while the best intentions may be advocated by adding video recording devices to a vehicle, it simply isn't plausible to expect that anyone; be they driver, monitor or consumer will meet everyone's expectations all the time. Trusting in each other is the time-tested and [arguably the] best way to resolve conflict or dissent in any environment. Dissecting every action in every situation and after-the-fact is not a reliable means of security for anyone.

Some other reasons why surveillance cameras should NOT be installed include (but are not limited to): privacy, cost, mistrust, misinterpretations, increased stress, employee / employer dissent, peer contention and misconduct.

7. Stop the annual vehicle insurance racket

ALL VEHICLE INSURERS RIP US OFF WITH 'EXIT' COSTS ON A FIXED TERM INSURANCE PRODUCT. Why, when I sign a 12 month contract with a car insurer are they allowed to charge me up to £40.00 to 'end' the same 12 month contract? In other words if I shop around and can get a better deal, I am penalised 'for administrative costs' - UNLESS I RENEW WITH SAME COMPANY. This must be restrictive trade!

If I rent a property for 12 months, I am NOT charged another 'months' rent at the end of 12 months. If I hire a car for 2 weeks, they don't charge me additional fees if I then rent from another supplier, a different car, for 2 weeks.

This penalty is surely wrong? I sign for 12 months - pay my premium and I should be free to shop around at term end without added penalty. It's a fixed term contract!

8. EUC bill against old-version blockings

This aims to get 1.000.000 EU citizens to sign a petition to have the EUC - EU Commission - make a Bill that demands for old versions, to be used on new versions, technology from the same company or carrying the same business name.

In expression, most users in the modern day world, have experienced, that things they bought not very long ago, are no longer functioning, either because it is an old version of a renewed item or because it cannot read the Data

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FELLOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY - WE NEED TO GET THE CONSUMERS POWER BACK AGAIN - regarding our right to use our bought products.

9. Save the Orangutans – Demand Government law change on the labelling of ‘Palm oil’ in our products!

We need to ask the Government to put forward new legislation on the labelling of our products containing palm oil so that Manufacturers cannot label our products with the generic term ‘Vegetable oil’ when it contains destructive palm oil. Label palm oil!

It’s all about time.....
Time is actually running out for the Orangutan’s of Borneo and Sumatra and many other animals, such as the Sumatran Tiger. If deforestation for the planting of unsustainable palm oil plantations is not stopped, then the Orangutan will lose their homes and be extinct within around 10 years!

I have been writing to Manufacturers and Supermarkets in the UK in the past 3 months who are known to use palm oil in their products and are in the top 100 for UK sales. The news is not very positive and most of them have omitted to answer the questions I posed, particularly in providing me with a list of their products containing palm oil and will not commit to whether it is sustainable or unsustainable palm oil that they use. There is a supply of sustainable palm oil out there and it is not being used, so there is no excuse!

List of products containing palm oil......
Until they provide me with a list, as a consumer, I will refuse to use ANY of their products, where possible and instead use products from Companies that do not use palm oil at all. At the end of the day, I do not want to be consuming this unhealthy saturated fat anyway and lessen my chance of a heart attack. BUT the main thing is that we are not allowed the choice to know whether a product has it in or not…..

Listing Palm oil as ‘Vegetable oil’.......
The law regarding ingredients listings, is an EU law, and allows manufacturer’s to list palm oil within the general term ‘vegetable oil’. There is not enough pressure on the European Union to change that right now so we need to do something. As a consumer, I do not want to be munching on palm oil (a saturated fat) and I feel cheated that I have been eating it for so long in my breads, chocolate, biscuits, chewing gum and lot’s more – every day! It is awful that we are not allowed to have the choice to see what products have palm oil in them, because the law says we do not have to be given that choice.

But we must petition and ask the Government to change the law – please sign today!
Plus, see my other petition on the subject of our demand for sustainable palm oil to be used by manufacturers and Supremarkets - signthe other one from this link …http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-the-orangutan-demand-sustainable-palm-oil-use.html

10. Stop Price Fixing of Canadian Dairy Products

Through a combination of a government-mandated cartel, and restrictions on imports of dairy products, Canadian dairy producers have used our government to create policies that forcibly transfer hard earned dollars from the Canadian consumer into the pockets of dairy producers.

Canadian dairy prices are consistently the highest in the world due to a lack of competition, and the stifling of the free market.

According to The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of dairy fell over 20% from June 2008 to June 2009, while Canadian prices increased.

Travelling to the United States to find a deal on dairy products is discouraged as well, as Canadians can only enter Canada with $20 worth of milk products.

11. Vote NO on Bill 4163

You have the opportunity to preserve adult choice, defend small business owners and protect the jobs of hospitality employees by SUPPORTING AN EXEMPTION FOR LIQUOR LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS FROM ANY STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN.

Businesses that serve beverage alcohol for consumption on- premise and their employees will suffer severe economic consequences from total statewide smoking ban. Consumer choice will be eliminated.

PLEASE don't disregard the interest and concerns of those who livelihoods and adult preferences will be most negatively impacted by legislature's action.

Please let the citizens and business owners of Michigan have a choice!

12. STOP Hewlett Packard and Canon's anti-competitive practices

Hewlett Packard & Canon both download by stealth, to consumers' PCs, software that prevents them from using any hardware other than their own inferior brand name products - e.g. toner for their ink jet printers.

13. Lower Pump Prices

Our purpose is to put the power of the consumer back into our own hands and fight back against big oil companies soaking up their higher then ever profits.

Visit www.lowerpumpprices.com for our site!

14. Consumers Against Wal-Mart

Walmart is ending layaway at the end of this year.

Every one must have all items out of layaway by December 8 2006.

15. Fix the 2006 Honda Navigation/Radio Unit

July 10, 2006

For the first time, Honda Corporation has made its popular navigation/radio option available to Civic buyers in 2006.

This nearly $2,000 option, while quite expensive for such an in-expensive vehicle, provides Honda owners with some much-appreciated functionality.

It has come to our attention that the unit, while providing some great features, has a number of bugs that would never have been allowed to reach mass-market in an after-market head-unit.

When reporting these bugs to Honda, they are not even acknowledged. When reporting these bugs to Alpine, they simply reply that the unit was built EXACTLY as specified by Honda Corporation.

We find it difficult to believe that Honda would design IN these bugs, so we are requesting that they be corrected promptly.

As long as we are bringing these bugs to Honda's attention, we would also like to bring a few other issues with the unit to their attention as well.

Normally we wouldn't even mention them, however, it's difficult to imagine when this unit was being designed that we would get half the features for twice the price that Alpine puts into their after-market navigation/radio head units.

16. Stop Celebrity excesses

June 16, 2006

Many Celebrities have an income per film/job that tops that of a small 3rd world country.

I believe that the gross wealth of celebrities is appalling. Hollywood's high earners earn god knows how many more than the average family.

It is not fair that they earn such sums of money for starring in a 2 hour long feature or singing a few songs.

Many are without genuine talent and simply milk the fame of one song or film for the rest of their life. However, we as normal joes do not realise the potential comsumer power we have. It is us that make these "celebrities".

I want this petition to achieve something. Celebrities granted some do good work for charity but they don't exploit this enough. They don't make us aware of them as much as they should.

So I wish to petition Hollywood to make them aware of the consumer power we have and that talent should be rewarded and that celebrities should do more to help those who need it most and stop with the prada hand bags and 13 mansions.

17. Smart Classrooms for East Tennessee State University

March 24, 2006

Hutcheson Hall on East Tennessee State University has been undergoing renovation for the past year.

As the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, we are striving to update our image while providing students with a higher level of education.

Technology is a key factor to providing students with effective learning. Our classrooms are currently out-of-date and need immediate attention.

18. Consumer choices and no-compete clauses

January 27, 2006

Consumers are suffering due to no-compete clauses that agencies serving people with disabilities have in the hiring process.

I believe that a no-compete clause is stating ownership of that consumer and their choices to keep their respective providers if they choose.

As an agency we do not ask an employee to sign a no-compete ourselves. All consumers deserve the right to be informed if picking a provider that has to sign a no-compete clause. Where does a no-compete clause help a client that is bonded to a provider that has mental health issues, behavioral issues, major health issues?

What about the consumers and families that have waited years to find a decent provider and loose that provider to a no-compete clause? If you beleive that a no-compete clause is infringing on the rights of the consumers please sign this petition.

19. Remove fish from Wal-Mart or stop fish abuse

January 6, 2006

Every week that I go to Walmart and to the pet department almost all the fish that are not removed from the aquarium are sick and may have bladder disease, ect.

Most of Walmart's problem is overcrowding of fish and failure to provide proper treatment to sick fish. I belive this is animal cruelty, to not ensure the fishes' health and to let people buy these fish.

Another concern is that there is never anyone experienced in the pet department and usually another department handles the fish. It breaks my heart to see these fish suffer and die.

20. Mercury Health Waiting List

Mercury Exposure provides consumer information about exposure to the toxin mercury in dentistry, medicine, products and the environment.

Mercury is a known neurotoxin that is not addressed in medicine, dentistry and health insurance. The lack of medical and dental education, diagnostics, treatment and documentation does not support consumer health issues.

Mercury is regarded an environmental problem, whilst medical, dental and household use of mercury is allowed to continue with exemptions.

Medical records have not itemized all exposures to mercury, from dental amalgams placed, vaccines given and other sources of mercury. The amount of mercury received and the onset of chronic conditions is statistically challenged.

Those at a greater risk of mercury exposure are the same groups being targeted with mercury containing vaccines.

The advances in diagnostics and treatment of mercury exposure need to be embraced by general medical education, practitioners and medical specialists.

The industrial and medicinal use of mercury goes well beyond acute occupational exposures, chronic mercury exposure and the increase of chronic disease requires statistical performance science documentation of patient exposure from continued use of small and large quantities of mercury in medicine, vaccines and dentistry.

21. Build A Saint Louis City Wal-Mart

Saint Louis Metro City is undegoing a major reconstruction within it city. Saint Louis City is the heart of many african american citizens who reside and function daily right on the very same soil that first gave life to Saint Louis City community.

Saint Louis City Residents would feel that the city belongs to them if businesses were generated and established in their community and created jobs for those who are interested in obtaining employment in Walmart or any other busiensses surrounding Walmart. Walmart is not only a business to the residents of Saint Louis, but a social cornerstone for those who want to escape boredom and meet new friends as well. It can be a pleace where people can shop, have fun, eat, and generate friendship. Walmart is very much needed in the city of Saint Louis. Every other cities has a Walmart, why not Saint Louis City have one too?

Walmart is affordable, has good quality, and quantity as well. Sam's would be nice to have alongside of Walmart as well for those who have small businesses and large families. Walmart in the city will generate revenue and the socialabilty of people will be heigthened.

22. Red Box Boycott

This petition is for consumers of the Red Box that are tired of the maltreatment and contempt that the Red Box has shown towards it consumer base, Dublin DJ population, public and most of all it's target population the dance music community.

23. Investigate and prosecute the predatory pricing practices of Wal-Mart

This is the first petition that is being taken against Walmart for it's predatory pricing practices.

24. Abolish Insurance Redlining in Michigan

Introduction: Insurance Redlining in Michigan is out of control. Laws have been passed giving Insurance Companies greater freedom to continue Redlining. In fact, The Consumer Protection Act has been rendered useless. A few steps have been taken, like Our Govenor Granholm has created An Insurance Czar. Also, as noted in the following; The Senate Democratic Caucus formed its Consumer Protection Task Force. Chaired by senators Gilda Z. Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) and Martha G. Scott (D-Highland Park), the task force will hold hearings across the state to
take testimony on insurance reform.

"Insurance reform is a top priority for our caucus," Sen. Jacobs said. "From the large
volume of constituent calls to our caucus, it is clear that Michigan citizens are looking for
answers to questionable rates and practices promulgated by the insurance industry.

For some folks, the issue is auto insurance related. For others, it's home and health insurance. We want to hear from all these concerned people. Their input is essential to the
development of legislation to address these issues."

Sen. Scott said, "The citizens of Detroit have been dealing with redlining for far too long. We understand that this issue is not exclusively a problem plaguing the city but many communities across the state. Now is the time to work with our new insurance commissioner to resolve redlining and other long-standing insurance problems and create a fair and level playing field for everyone in Michigan.

As noted on May 16, 2002 then Attorney General Jennifer M. Granholm released the results of a statewide survey
her office conducted into the practice of insurance redlining in Michigan. In releasing the results - which showed disparities in auto rates of up to 17 percent in cities with similar
population sizes and auto theft rates, but with differing racial make-ups - Granholm announced that she has asked the insurance providers for an explanation of the rate differences.
She said: "The findings of the study are compelling - and disturbing - to say the least. The time has come for the industry to be more up front with their customers. Consumers pay
thousands of dollars a year to keep their homes and cars insured - they deserve to know how their rates are calculated." "Redlining" in the insurance industry is a discriminatory practice in which insurance
companies restrict the availability of insurance to people in particular geographic areas. In recent years, it has also been associated with the practice of tying credit scores to
insurance rates. Since redlining based solely on racial factors is illegal, Granholm has asked the insurance companies for an explanation of the rate disparities her study found.
Granholm's office reviewed 60 auto insurance quotes obtained for six pairs of Michigan cities that were similar in size and auto theft rates, but had different racial compositions.
The results showed that in five out of the six city pairs, the same individual in a community with a sizeable African-American population paid a higher rate by an average of 14
percent. The unscientific study compared insurance rates for a 33-year-old single, female home-owner attempting to insure a 2001 Chevy Cavalier in Madison Heights and Inkster; Burton and Oak Park; Sturgis and Albion; Dearborn and Southfield; Taylor and Pontiac; and Melvindale and Benton Harbor. Staff requested on-line insurance quotes from Allstate, GMAC Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Geico, and Esurance.com.

A second study, using the same female and the same auto, compared rates between neighborhoods in the city of Detroit versus its border cities. The follow-up survey demonstrated average disparities of nearly 30 percent between rates based on addresses as
close as a few blocks away. In one instance, the six-month premium to insure the Cavalier at a Detroit address on Jefferson was $5,000, more than 67 percent higher than the
premium to insure the same automobile at a Jefferson address just a few blocks away in Grosse Pointe Park.
Granholm began the study - and a general review of discrimination in the financial industry - earlier this year after her Consumer Protection Division received a number of consumer
complaints regarding potential insurance redlining and the use of credit scores in insurance rate setting. Recent court decisions and changes in Michigan law, however, have stripped the Attorney General's office of its ability to use the Michigan Consumer Protection Act to
challenge potentially unfair business practices in the insurance industry. Granholm forwarded the study results - and complaints received by her office -to Michigan Insurance Commissioner Frank Fitzgerald for his review and analysis earlier this month.
Granholm asked Fitzgerald to join her in encouraging the insurance companies to interject more transparency into their rate-setting and suggested that the two work together to explore the practice of using credit scores to set insurance rates. In her letter, Granholm said: "...The lack of transparency within the industry will continue to erode public confidence and increase public skepticism concerning industry underwriting and rate-setting practices. I look forward to working with you on these
issues..."

And Finally, our various local government representatives are holding many townhall meetings across the state to discuss Insurance Redlining.

25. Buy Recycled

A petition to force the United States government to only purchase paper made out of 100% recycled fibers; to reduce energy use, deforestation, landfill overflowage, and waterway pollution (hydrogen peroxide, which is usually used to whiten recycled paper, does not pollute our waterways).