Petition Tag - farming

1. Save NASA Climate Research Budget

Bob Walker, a Trump senior advisor, stated that the NASA Earth Science Division will be stripped of all funding.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into weather, temperature, ice, clouds, soil and water conditions, and other climate related phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provides a wealth of information on weather and climate events.

According to Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, ”NASA provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, and the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”. “It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said.

Over the coming decades, NASA and the Agency's research partners will continue to pioneer the use of both spaceborne and aircraft measurements to characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's weather, soil, and ocean system for both research and critically important areas ranging from farming applications to natural disaster predictions and planning.

Earth is our lifeboat in the vast expanse of space. Over the past 50 years, world population has doubled, grain yields have tripled and economic output has grown sevenfold. Earth science research can help us understand and how the Earth can sustain this growth in the future. In addition, over a 1/3 of the US economy - $3 trillion annually - is influenced by climate, weather, and natural hazards, providing economic incentive to study the Earth.

This is not a political issue. This organization does pure research about our planet. This information is used by scientists, businesses, meteorologists, fishermen, and farmers around the world.

2. The Freedom to Food

Fair Amount Food Forest
Fair-Amount Food Forest is an initiative to create a community defined and publicly used edible food forest. The Fair-Amount Food Forest Collective intends to facilitate the education of the public on growing and maintaining food sources in our own neighborhoods, on public land, while empowering the surrounding community with knowledge of food systems, sustainable building, local ecosystems, grassroots organization and group engagement.

A Food Forest is an age-old agricultural strategy involving diverse types of edible and climate appropriate plants. The forest grows to form strong, mutually supportive relationships which create a system that sustains itself over time. Food forests produce high yields of food, with minimal maintenance – humans design with nature to let nature work on her own.

Our priority is utilizing public land for community benefit and use, to bring people together and to address a myriad of problems such as fresh food scarcity, pollution, and environmental degradation. Additionally, we look for possible solutions which include self reliance, platforms for sharing ideas and concerns within our neighborhoods, and an appreciation for our natural world.

If you envision a better world for yourself, your children, loved ones and friends, please join us in support of: caring for the earth, people helping people, sustainable food sources for all, and an outlet for information, education, resilience and empowerment. Our group is always growing and looking for interested volunteers. All are welcome!

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3. Restore the old farming system in Clash of Clans

We have been addicted to CoC for a very long time now. But after CoC December 2015 update made me think to stop playing this game. It refers to the increasingly difficult on farming. It's very hard to get gold and elix now.

I do think that its not fair for new player also. not all players have lots of time and finance. Farming base is now useless (which is so fun before).

as you can see everywhere (FB, Twitter, forum, IG etc), lots of players are complaining about this. Supercell should see this in another view and do something about it.

Just bring back old farming system (before December 2015 update). Win-win situation here...

Thank you for being a part of this campaign.

4. Stop Burning and deforestation in Nan, Thailand

In many places around the world, burning is used for a quick and easy way to prepare farm lands for planting or dispose of farming waste. Since large companies like CP and Monsanto found their way to the Nan Province of Thailand, the destruction of the forest and nature in this area in particular over the last 10 years have been devastating.

Every year hundreds of acres of forest are destroyed by setting fire to it to grow the ever increasing hunger for corn. Consequently all these fields and crop waste are set on fire at every harvest. And the burning is not just limited to the farm fields, but it is common practice and even tradition to burn anything around you as way to “clean the mess”.

As the burning was limited to two or three months in the past, the blue haze is now present for most of the year. The secondary effects of deforestation and burning are rapidly starting to show as well. Increase in asthma cases, flooding, drought, heat, mudslides, etc.

There is no visible action from (local) government accept a few posters along the road. Actually a lot of the burning and farming is done within the National Parks of Nan, often right next to a checkpoint or park office. Most of the road shoulders which are government property are set on fire as well instead of cutting them. So government and law enforcement must be aware of what is happening but it seems they are not trying to actively do anything about the problem.

As I love Nan, the beautiful scenery and the amazing people that live here, it hurts me to see the destruction that is happening. I hope this petition will help to start a change for the better before it will be too late. On behave of all citizens of Nan and those affected, I Thank you for your help!

5. 聯署支持成立金鐘都市農業園。Call for supporters: "Urban Agri-Park in Admiralty"

支持行動呼籲:
耕種在金鐘 !金鐘都市農業園

添馬公園的口號為「公眾的添馬」和「地常綠」(永久綠化土地),它一直是市民大衆的休憩用地。傳統概念上的「綠色」是公園內的樹木和花草,越來越多城市開始明白要真正可持續發展,糧食生產不可能只依賴外地入口,從環保、社會和糧食安全的角度看,糧食應盡可能在本地生產,基於這份理念及需要,何不把綠色概念與21世紀同步推進,把花草樹木的「綠」轉化成「可食用的綠」?使「地常綠」更可持續地發展下去!我們的理念非常簡單:維持添馬公園草地和樹木的面貎不變, 改變至少10%添馬公園用地成為可以吃的食景。

添馬公園位於政治決策核心地帶,是可持續發展思維的出發地。政府說打算推行一系列民生議題, 可是面對本地食物被內地市場壟斷引致的食物安全問題又有何實際解決方法?如何透過社區農業和教育讓人在社會更好地團結起來? 又如何在環境保護上真正促進生物多樣性和回收廢物, 創造一個更好的環境?

添馬既是一個政治地標: 標誌着我們的行政及立法機關;它同時亦是社會地標, 廣闊的草坪讓人休憩和相聚。 我們何不再進一步讓它成為一個關心環境系統的地標,把環保的思維與政治行動互相串連成為我們社會共同關注的目標?

「金鐘都市農業園建議書」提出的有機耕種方式,是根據自然永衡法的設計概念,自然永衡法運用自然、模擬自然,以永續方式種植食物,它的三個道德包括:呵護地球、照顧人及公平分享與擔當。「金鐘都市農業園建議書」便是根據這套理念和法則落實推行,把自然永衡法運用到都市農業及連結社區不同面向生活當中,對應着政府新農業政策而提出的一套永續生活設計系統,幫助我們從疲弱的本地農業注入生機。

「金鐘都市農業園建議書」尋求在社會日漸失衡的民生議題中一些明確解決之道。如果你支持在金鐘耕種,推動都市農業的理念和行動,我們邀請您在這聯署,成為支持行動的一份子 (可以用個人或組織身份,匿名也可以)。

請參閲Facebook 民主耕地。https://www.facebook.com/FarmsforDemocracy

連結:
1.「金鐘農耕實驗社區農業報告」
2.「申請金鐘社區耕種計劃 - 時序表」


Tamar Park was created as a place of green for the benefit of the public, as evidenced by the slogans “公眾的添馬” (Tamar for the Public) and “地常綠” (perpetual green land). “Green” was traditionally known to mean trees and flowers in public parks, but increasingly the urban world is beginning to recognise that to sustain cities it is no longer tenable to outsource food production to the hinterland, and that food production has to happen closer to home for various environmental, social and food security reasons. Following this line of thought, why not enhance the “green” idea behind Tamar Park and bring Tamar Park up to speed with the 21st century by taking it a step further and reinterpreting “green” to include also “edible green”? Keep the lawns, keep the trees, but change at least 10 per cent of Tamar.

Tamar Park, at the heart of Hong Kong policy-making, is where sustainable, community-led ideas should emanate from. With the government currently pushing an agenda of livelihood issues, where’s the focus on healthy and nutritious food in a market dominated by China-produced food with questionable standards? Where’s the social aspect in livelihood by bringing people together by for example community farming and education? Where’s the environmental aspect in livelihood of promoting biodiversity and recycling organic waste to create a better environment?

Tamar is already a political landmark: it features the head office of our executive branch and plays host to countess debates in Legco. It’s also a social landmark, as its wide and open lawns invite people to saunter, rest and meet. Why not also make it an environmental landmark and combine environmental thinking with political action and entwine it into our social discourse?

Organic farming will be the main practice of our farming method, while permaculture will be the main design concept in our implementation process. Our actions on the farm will be based on the permaculture ethics of Earth care, people care and resource share. That is the thinking underlying this proposal for an Urban Agri-Park, envisioning a renaissance of urban farming and community interaction, and logical urban counterpart to the government’s new agricultural brainchild of creating a rural Agri-Park to revitalise our ailing agricultural sector.

For more information, please visit our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmsforDemocracy

This proposal seeks to redress this imbalance and focus on some livelihood issues currently being overlooked with real, tangible results. If you support the idea and our efforts for urban farming, put down your name as a supporter (either as individual or organisation; anonymous also possible) by following this link.

6. Save Our Farmers

More than half of Australia is in drought and our farmers are really doing it tough but the Federal, State and Territory governments are not doing anything to help our farmers.

Our Federal Government had a report done by HLG. This group recommends that ‘a natural disaster’ be defined as follows:
A natural disaster is a serious disruption to a community or region caused by the impact of a naturally occurring rapid onset event that threatens or causes death, injury or damage to property or the environment and which requires significant and coordinated multi-agency and community response. Such serious disruption can be caused by any one, or a combination, of the following natural hazards: bushfire; earthquake; flood; storm; cyclone; storm surge; landslide; tsunami; meteorite strike; or tornadoes.

Yet for some reason drought is not considered to be a natural disaster.

Please sign this petition to help out farmers who are in drought stricken areas and to prevent banks from foreclosing on these properties when the rain does come and the land becomes valuable again.

7. Support Medical and Hemp Marijuana Farming In Akwesasne

Medical use dates back to 2737B.C. and marijuana was illegal since 1937 Legalized medicl use in Canada since 1999 with Health Canada. To date courts have ruled a person has the right to medical and the Supreme Court has ruled and pending decissions are expected.

Akwesasne is a 1st Nation Land that resides in Canada and the United States of America and Mohawks ritualistic tradition believe we have a right to trade in all natural plant substance that predates European colonization.

In the U.S., 23 states and the District of Columbia allow for some legal use of hemp.

Hemp was farmed again in Canada in 1998 and also farmed in many U.S. states. The federal government allows for tribes to grow marijuana today.

Wildrez Trading is located in an international area and petitions to grow and sell marijuana with the support of our people.

8. Please Protect Vampire Bats

Believe it or not, vampire bats actually exist. It's true! Wild vampire bats are mainly, if not solely, found in South America. However, they do not suck blood, rather, they lap it up like a cat lapping up water.

Recently, there has been a bit of an issue about some people wanting these bats to be "culled" (the "polite" term for "killed off") because of a disease known as rabies. While it is true that the bats can and do carry rabies, research has shown that killing off the bats could actually increase the significance of rabies. Plus, there is an alternative to killing the poor creatures; vaccination.

I can remember reading about how rabies has been eradicated in at least one part of the world by putting out meat laced with rabies vaccine. Animals then ate the meat and, thus, became immune to the disease. Could some sort of rabies vaccine not be put into blood somehow and put out in mass proportions for the vampire bats to feed upon? This would not necessarily have to involve the killing of other animals. Could we not use the blood of animals that are going to die anyway or use blood donations? I know that some of what I said there may sound crazy, but could my ideas please at least be considered?

Also, I have heard that, although they can carry rabies, vampire bats are actually immune to rabies and Ebola. Would it not be more useful to study these bats and their immunity to those diseases in order to help make a potential future without rabies and/or Ebola come sooner?

Vampire bats are not evil and are not nearly as bad as you may think. First of all, they do not normally drain their prey dry. They normally just take enough to sustain themselves (about two tablespoonfuls, or so I think) and then leave. Also, their saliva possesses something that thins the blood out, allowing them and, possibly, other bats to feed. Believe it or not, there is an idea that this could help thin out blood clots and/or help stroke patients.

As well as this, vampire bats will sometimes help other bats by feeding them when they are too ill or injured to get blood by themselves* and adopting orphaned young.

* I read somewhere that vampire bats might sometimes kick out roost-mates who do not do their part, but I still feel that there is no need to "cull" these fascinating creatures. Like I was saying, they can be very good animals and could possibly be of some medical value to people as well.

9. KEMPEN TANDATANGAN TUNTUTAN KENAIKAN HARGA PADI DARI RM0.75/kg KEPADA RM1.50/kg

Petisyen dilancarkan untuk mengumpulkan sokongan dan tandantangan seluruh rakyat Malaysia untuk membela nasib para petani terutama pengusaha tanaman padi yang menghadapi masalah pemasaran dan pengeluaran.

10. Support the Yorklands Green Hub

We, the undersigned, hereby affirm our endorsement of and interest in the following proposal:

To create a living lab/green hub on a portion of the Guelph Correctional Centre land where people, groups and businesses will come together to develop and promote resilient and sustainable innovations related to energy use and conservation, water use and protection, local food production, active and sustainable transportation and waste management.

11. Stop Genetically Engineered Seed problems

The use of GE (genetically engineered, or GMO genetically modified organism) crops has been a growing issue of contention in recent years. Health, agricultural and environmental advocates are pushing for more testing, mandatory labeling of GE products, and ultimately the banning of GE products completely.

The articles below reference Monsanto Canada's announcement in June, that it will expand its products further into Western Canada. Monsanto has indicated that genetically engineered foods will solve world hunger. One article reassures that crop yields are only lower than traditional methods, when farmers use the product incorrectly. However, other independent studies show crops produce lower yield when the farmer uses it right as well. It is also well documented that the issues of world hunger are not due to a lack of food, but in the political and distribution systems that manage food security.

Still, seeds are genetically engineered with pesticides, while farmers, beekeepers, consumers, wildlife, the environment, and our future, all stand to be devastated.

Up until now, governments, and industry (such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Syngenta), have argued that genetically modified foods and products are safe. However, independent studies and testing have proven they are not.

Labelling is required. We continue to eat GM foods daily without knowing it because most products in our grocery stores include genetically modified ingredients, and are not labelled, which deters freedom of choice.

A monopoly of the world's food system should not be allowed. Five companies account for 58 percent of the world’s commercial seed sales and ownership of seed is patented. These patents mean farmers cannot save seed for future plantings, so they lose autonomy and we all lose biodiversity forever. Once we lose diverse species of crops, we cannot undo this. Also, when small organic farmers' crops are contaminated by Monsanto's genetically engineered patented material (brought on the wind or by pollinating insects), the farmer is bullied in court for years by big business, and held liable for large sums of money small farmers don't have. It doesn't help that crop yields can decrease and the environment suffers when soil degrades irreparably. Globally, farmer suicide deaths have risen dramatically as a direct result of all these stressors.

We have seen the tragic effects in the decrease of the bee species, bees that our children and grandchildren rely on for future biodiversity on earth.

The evidence and support against GMOs (GE) are mounting.

It seems farmers, but perhaps few other people, may be aware how aggressive Monsanto is going after Canadian agricultural profits. We need to be aware so we can act accordingly before it is too late. I am hopeful that in addition to accepting my letter for publication, that your media outlet could do a corresponding piece on this new announcement. Thanks in advance for covering this very important local, Canadian and global story.

Public outcry DOES work. It is reported that Monsanto contracts the mercenary firm "Blackwater", to track activists around the world; Monsanto has seen the results when the people band together to voice concern. Due to overwhelming concern expressed by farmers, consumers, and public health officials, governments are beginning to require review of herbicide-resistant pesticides and genetic engineering of crops. Many countries in the world, and some US states, have banned GEGMO altogether, or until independent testing and peer review is sufficiently completed. Canada is lagging.

Canadians must continue to lobby Health Canada. Our government claims GMO products are safe, based on the thin and biased research of the big five companies who stand to profit. We need to demand independent GM product product testing be started in Canada. Canadians have the human right to choose what we put in our bodies, and for the due diligence of our government to do the testing in labs, and not use the general Canadian population as guinea pigs.

Canadians must continue to tell the big five, and the companies who allow their products to be ingredients in their products, that they must stop their Orwellian control over the world food system. We must demand they stop lobbying 'against' GMO labelling, and 'against' us, the 83% of the general populace who are lobbying 'for' labelling. We must demand they start labelling. It is our human right to not be monopolized by corporations, and to have choice.

Canadians should be encouraged to write their MP, MPP and PM. Politicians do handle letters and respond to media attention of issues. Also, Canadians can strengthen the collective public voice, by taking part in events like the July 24th "Monsanto Video Revolt", and October “March Against Monsanto". These events take place around the world, as coordinated days of action and protest. They rally calls for further scientific research on the health effects of GE foods, for the labelling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods we eat daily, and ultimately for a complete ban on GE crops. These awareness events also educate people so they can make their own decisions; Canadians can use their dollars to vote non-GMO when they buy organic non-GMO instead.

We must continue to fight for our freedom; and can not allow these multinational chemical companies' to continue dominating the world's food supply, and literally forcing it down our throats!

Sincerely,

concerned citizen

Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-06-24.aspx

Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-04-08.aspx

12. Ban Factory Farming

Factory farming is barbaric, greedy and hideous practice. About 990 million broiler chickens, one million nine thousand pigs, 15 million and even about a million cattle may be kept in factory farms in the UK at this very moment.

Pigs in factory farms are normally kept in cramped cages known as "farrowing crates" and piglets will often be taken away from their mothers and given drugs so that they grow much faster than they would naturally. Mother pigs in factory farms will often be used as nothing more than milk machines and never allowed to play with, nuzzle or raise their pigs. Piglets will also often have their teeth cut without blades without anesthetic.

Broiler chickens, too, are kept in cramped, barren cages. They will often be forced to eat as much as they can and their food may have drugs in it to make them gain weight quicker as well. Broiler chickens are also subjected to another cruel mutilation; the ends of their beaks are sliced off with red-hot blades. They are also often kept awake by lighting because, when they are not sleeping, they are more likely to be eating and putting on more weight.

Even dairy cattle are not entirely safe, as a species, from being factory farmed. They will often be kept in sheds under zero-grazing conditions. They will be given all they need to produce milk and remain profitable and that is that. The only exercise that cows kept under zero-grazing conditions is the walk to the milking parlour and back.

Even adult bulls and young calves are not safe in these farms. Adult bulls are often sent to slaughter for their meat. Their skins are often used as leather and their hooves may, sometimes, be used to make glue. Female calves are often kept to replace the older cows when they wear out, but bull calves are often just taken out and shot because most farmers do not want to raise that many calves that are of the dairy breed for their meat, as they are not of the same type as the actual beef cattle, and they, of course, cannot produce milk.

Egg-laying hens are still often kept in battery cages or indoor systems which are only slightly better. The male chicks that are born to this egg-laying variety, while sometimes kept for breeding, are often gassed using CO2 because they cannot lay eggs and, being of egg-laying breeds, it is unlikely that they will grow enough meat to be considered profitable.

13. Demand an Independent Review of the Australian Dairy Industry

Australian Dairy farming is an industry of national significance, embedded as the backbone of many communities in regional areas.

Farming people have provided a rich heritage of hard working Australians, a legacy that remains integral to the tapestry of our modern culture. Dairy farming is an essential component of the Australian economy, generating $4billion through the farm gate in 2011/12, and creating employment for an estimated 50,000 people on farms, in manufacturing and other directly related industries. (Dairy Australia Annual Report 2011/12)

14. Say NO to the MINK RANCH(ES) ON THE NORTH MOUNTAIN, KINGS COUNTY NOVA SCOTIA

100 Acres of land on the corner of Long Point Road and Brow Mountain Rd. Kings County has been purchased to construct a mink ranch breeding facility.

Community members are upset over the construction of such facility and strongly oppose such plan.

Say NO to MINK STINK, and any possible environmental problems and ill practices of fur farming.

15. Save the animals and the people!

Picture a beautiful, relaxing wildife habitat which provides a home for millions of animals and birds. Imagine that the same place hosts hundreds of oxygen-producing trees. Imagine that the place also provides a home and livelihood for at least a few farmers and other workers.

Now imagine bulldozers hurtling in and ripping up the trees, running over innocent animals and maybe even injuring one or two children. This is what almost certainly will happen and the Council want to call the new town "Cranbrook". They say that this for "economical reasons". But the fact is that it will do far more bad than good as the farmers will lose their livelihoods.

If any lower individual wanted to do this, they would be prosecuted by law, but the council are not in trouble for this. Why? Because they talk in posh language, they are high in power and may claim that they are "using resourceful land to build a new community for economical purposes" rather than saying that they are tearing down trees and destroying beautiful fields to build busy highways, shops, houses and leisure centres for their own evil money.

They say that it will provide employment, but this can sometimes be achieved by fixing and reusing old buildings. They also say that it will create more homes and prevent homelessness. The right way to prevent homelessness would be to fix and reuse old homes, lower household costs and fund homeless charities such as Shelter and the Salvation Army.

How would YOU like to lose your home and/or livelihood?

16. Help Save Elmwood College Agriculture Courses

Help save ELMWOOD COLLEGE AGRI COURSES.

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND FORWARD TO AS MANY
PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE

17. Save small abattoirs in Ontario

Our small provincially inspected abattoirs are being closed because of regulations that are meant for industrial farming and have no place in the local food movement.

Our right to have local food raised and processed in a healthy and humane way is being threatened by this. These abattoirs are an important part of the local food movement.

18. Our Dirt: object to coal mining in the Southern Highlands

This petition supports objection to coal mining in the Southern Highlands.

In a media release dated 7 October 2010, Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward stated "There may be coal in the ground here, but that does not mean that local living standards, livelihoods, and clean water should be put at risk."

19. Australia, Don't Sell the Farm to China

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:

The Petition of the undersigned draws the attention of the House:

to the significant community concern about the risk to national food security, and national security generally, posed by acquisitions by foreign entities of Australian agricultural, horticultural and other farming land.

20. Barn aside Bottom Farm, Beacon Hill, Penn

If you care about our AONB, please sign this petition by March 30, 2010.

The Barn aside Bottom Farm (at the bottom of Beacon Hill) is owned by a Ferrier with horses located in a field (owned by Sita Waste Management Company) behind his residence in Denham. The official application for this barn on Beacon Hill is to store farming vehicles and hay for his farm in Denham!

The barn is larger than in the submitted drawings, and is almost complete, even though planning permission has not been granted yet.

No doubt you have seen the lorries up and down the lane. Local residents have witnessed waste materials delivered and burnt on site.

If this barn is really for storage of large farming vehicles and for hay both required by horses in Denham, then there will be frequent haulage of large vehicles on Beacon Hill.

There may be an ulterior motive with this building.

In 2006 the owner had a plan rejected by the Denham Council for a similar styled barn to be used as a Sand School and hay store. Sand School/Dressage training may be a possible connection with this construction.

Nevertheless, it certainly is an eye sore in an AONB for the many walkers who pass by.

If you are resident of Penn/Tylers Green, you can sign this petition to have your say. It must be done by March 30, 2010.

21. End Cruelty to Chickens

30 Billion chickens are kept in battery cages around the world every year. 10% will die in their tiny squalid cages from neglet and starvation, and this is just the recorded deaths.

A factory farmed chicken spends its life in darkness, fed growth hormones that make its full life cycle last only 3 months. Imagine going from a baby to 80 years old in 3 months, well that's what happens to chickens. We are not against people eating chickens, we are against chickens being factory farmed.

We want chickens to be kept free range where they have plenty of space to roam around and to not be pumped full of chemicals and growth hormones. Every signature really does help. Please sign.

22. Abolish factory farming in the U.K.

Factory farming causes a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering for millions of animals each year.

Therefore, it should be banned in favour of organic farming so that the animals who are going to be eaten have nice lives before being killed.

23. Ban Factory Farming!

Nothing much to say becasue everybody knows a lot about factory farms and choose not to do anything about it.

24. Stop Industrial Farming - It Hurts the World

Industrial farming (also know as "agribusiness") is an agricultural method used to mass-produce crops. But instead of feeding the hungry world, these corporations cause more starvation. They compete against smaller farms and force the farmers out of business, which means they can no longer feed their local community or even themselves.

Agribusinesses use millions of pounds of pesticides annually, which then pollute water sources, injure humans, kill aquatic life, and damage topsoil.

When you buy wheat products at the grocery store, do you think about where it came from? Neither did I - at least until I did some research. Most of the produce we buy is grown on industrial farms, a farming method where only one crop is grown over hundreds of acres of land (causing depletion of soil nutrients and decreased biodiversity). Industrial farms use 70% of potable water consumed, but also pollute other water sources. A branch of industrial farming is called "factory farming" where animals are kept in confinement. When pigs bite each other's tails because they've "gone mad" from not being able to perform natural behaviors, they have their tails cut off- without anesthetics. When disease is found among a few chickens on an industrial farm, they chuck all of them into a chipper. It grinds them up while they are still alive. Please examine the pictures of the confined pigs and the sow who is feeding her piglets but who cannot move at all. Should animals be treated this way?

25. Factory Farming Cruelty Must Stop

Stop the cruelty of factory farming, with us! You can help end senseless suffering that goes into the creation of a chicken nugget!

26. China Bear Rescue - Positive Action

The Animals Asia Foundation in Hong Kong has signed an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the Sichuan Forestry Department (SFD) to free 500 Moon Bears on the worst farms in Sichuan Province and to work together to bring bear
farming to an end.

This "China Bear Rescue" is well underway with 118 Moon Bears now in the care of Animals Asia at their rescue centre in Chengdu, China.

The facts on bear farming: The official number of farmed bears in China is 6,992 (less now with 118 in the care of AAF). Bear bile is not
an aphrodisiac - it is an efficacious medicine with a 3,000 year history, but one which is totally replaceable with herbs and synthetics. In the market today, there is an oversupply of
bear bile which is why the farmers are looking for new markets, hence the placing of it in ridiculous things like shampoo and "Bear Bile Soda"!!!! Some bears have been in these terrible cages for up to 22 years. Bear farming
also exists in Vietnam and Korea.

The CWCA and SFA are doing the right thing and paving the way towards the end of bear farming. Money raised from advertising on this petition will go to help the Animals Asia Foundation fund and build the sanctuary for 500 rescued beautiful Moon Bears - a first major step in bringing bear farming to an end
forever.