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HR 5143

I believe that our nation’s criminal justice system is in dire need of repair. The United States is home to just five percent of the world’s population, but it hosts 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Over the past four decades, the war on drugs has led to an astonishing and unacceptable increase in the number of Americans behind bars.

I am so sick of hearing that child molesters and rapists are being let walk the streets so that pot smokers can instead take their places! Its time to get smart with our financial resources and get our priorities straight. Then consider all the drug war is doing to our borders. This is simply a case of a few politicians and drug lords making money while the greater majority of us pay all the expense and get nothing in return. If you tax pot and use the money to cure common diseases I think our country will be much better off. These laws doing nothing except make bad matters worse.

A criminal justice approach to illicit drug use has resulted in arrests for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes on a massive scale, and lengthy mandatory minimum prison sentences have stripped judges of discretion and cost state and federal governments many billions of dollars. Because of these failed policies, families and communities are torn apart every day, and communities of color have been disproportionately impacted.

It’s time to reexamine the United States’ criminal justice system. The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 (HR 5143) would create a national commission to evaluate every aspect of the criminal justice system, including drug policy, and set the groundwork for the reforms we so desperately need.

I urge you to join the call for criminal justice reform by supporting HR 5143.


Gulf Oil Spill – Telethon on CNN Tonight!

Gulf Oil Spill – Telethon on CNN Tonight!

Posted By: Nature Conservancy, Inc

Dear Nature Supporters,
First of all, thank you!  Because of you, our cause on Facebook has reached 250,000 members.  Please keep talking about and supporting nature and we are sure to reach 300,000 in no time!
Second, you can continue supporting nature when you help to get the word out about tonight’s Gulf Coast Relief Telethon on Larry King Live from 8-10 P.M. ET on CNN. And please, tune in to watch!

The Nature Conservancy and our restoration work in the Gulf will be featured during the telethon along with a number of celebrities who will be on hand to help take donations.

All money raised for the Conservancy during the telethon will directly support our Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration. Monies in this fund are being used by the Conservancy to help determine both the extent of the oil spill and the necessary long-term restoration work in the Gulf and states along its coast.

So please watch the Gulf Coast Relief Telethon tonight and tell your friends, co-workers and family members to do the same. Please forward them this email, tweet on Twitter about the telethon or post information to your Facebook wall.

Thank you again for your continued support and we hope you’ll watch tonight’s telethon.

The Nature Conservancy

p.s. If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure you view this slideshow of Gulf oil spill images captured by photographer Bridget Besaw. The image of the oiled brown pelican awaiting rescue on the beach of Elmers Island, Louisiana is just an example of what we’re facing here in the Gulf.

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PCRM Online Newsletter Citizen Lobbyists Urge Congress to End Military Use of Animals February 2010

PCRM Online Newsletter Citizen Lobbyists Urge Congress to End Military’s Use of Animals February 2010.

Taking Action To Stop Dogfighting : $5000 Reward for reporting dog fighters!


via Taking Action To Stop Dogfighting : The Humane Society of the United States.

Judge testifies in support of marijuana regulation.

New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

by: Sharon Seltzer 1 day ago

Two far-east countries that are infamous for violations against human rights are making a very unlikely compassionate leap by instituting their first policies to protect animals.  The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal has passed its first Animal Welfare Act and the People’s Republic of China has drafted the China Animal Protection Law.


The recently approved Animal Welfare Act in Nepal already has two initial projects in the works.  The building of the country’s first animal sanctuary for rescued animals and a separate sanctuary for donkeys.  Both are scheduled to open in mid October.


The shelter will house rescued animals and include a veterinary hospital and spay and neuter clinic.


The donkey sanctuary already has 14 rescued animals waiting to be transferred to the facility.  They are part of a rescue mission from one of the worst cases of animal cruelty Nepal has ever witnessed – 55 other donkeys died during that tragedy. 


The abuse to donkeys is widespread in Nepal because they are frequently used for labor and made to carry heavy loads on their backs.  They are crowded into small sheds and given little food or water. 


Animal Nepal, a network of animal rights activists, hopes the new Animal Welfare Act will, “Raise awareness against animal cruelty.”  The group has been fighting for the new law for many years.


The China Animal Protection Law

In China, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is very proud of the drafted Animal Protection Law about to be considered by the Chinese government.  The organization has been trying to get legislation like this passed for more than a decade. 


Paul Littlefair, senior program manager with the RSPCA’s international department said, “It is a very significant landmark – when it is passed it will be the first time in China’s history that the state is sending a clear message to every citizen: ‘the way we treat animals, matters’.”


The Chinese Animal Protection Law encompasses a vast area of animal welfare. It addresses the deliberate cruelty to animals and the inhumane culling methods used against dogs. It also stops the live skinning of animals for their fur and the feeding of live farm animals to big cats in zoos and wildlife parks.


Overall it protects six categories of animals, those on farms, in laboratories, pets, working animals, animals in entertainment and wild animals.


The RSPCA is committed to staying in China to see that all of these initiatives are implemented.  The group will also promote education to the public about many of the misconceptions they have regarding animals.  Many Chinese believe the cruel practice of culling dogs is the only method of destroying rabies and are unaware that vaccines are available for both the prevention of the disease and to cure it once someone has been affected.   Furthermore the organization will help oversee that the new law is enforced. 


Legal experts from the government have put the final touches on the proposal and sent it to be reviewed. Chang Jiwen, who helped draft the law said, “It’s different from Western laws.  For example, we won’t require keepers to give dogs shelters as most Chinese cannot afford that.  Only people who unnecessarily and intentionally abuse animals will be punished.”  He hopes regulations in the future will be more sophisticated and move toward Western laws.


However even before the China Animal Protection Law has been voted on, it is being credited with stopping the latest dog culling that was ordered to begin this week.


To me this information is great. It looks like our efforts are not in vain and that the world is beginning to realize the place our animals have in our ecosystem. I know they have a tough long battle ahead of them. Laws are great but without enforcement they are useless. The best part of laws is that they begin to hold people accountable for their actions and give importance to a situation. They raise awareness and help shift public attitudes. They are the essential ingredient to fixing the injustices of the world. Once the foundations are laid over time we will see mass acceptance. 

I am telling you a revolution is upon us. The idea of democracy is being embraced by the majority of the world. One of the prevailing attitudes of this concept is equal rights and fairness. I am glad to note it is also one that promotes animal rights and global environmental concerns. Folks all we need is for each of us to push a little harder right now wherever we are. Every voice online is like 20 that are not. SPEAK UP! IT WORKS.

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WWF 2010 Travel Catalog

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