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July 23, 2013, 12:36 PM
CONTACT: Credo Mobile
Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141
WASHINGTON - July 23 - As statewide pressure mounts to ban fracking in California, CREDO is helping local activists launch campaigns to pressure local government officials to ban fracking in several cities, towns and counties, including many located on the Monterey Shale, a vast area that oil companies want to frack. California activists have launched 15 campaigns in several towns and cities across California, including Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Luis Obispo, urging their local elected officials to protect California's water and ban fracking in their communities. The petition urging the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to ban fracking has already garnered more than 5,500 signatures from local residents.
The local activists have launched petitions on CREDO's member generated petition site targeting California city council and county supervisors, who have broad authority to ban the toxic practice. The petitions will continue to gain support over the coming weeks and will be delivered to Gov. Brown and to local elected officials throughout the Summer and Fall.
Check out the full list of campaigns here: http://org.credoaction.com/efforts/ban-fracking-in-california
"If Gov. Brown fracks California, he will jeopardize the state's precious water system that his father, then-Gov. Pat Brown, worked tirelessly to preserve," said Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager for CREDO. "That's why Californians living on the Monterey Shale are stepping up to call on Gov. Brown and their local elected officials to ban fracking. We hope that Gov. Brown will take notice of California's groundswell of opposition to fracking and ban this toxic practice in our state."
"My petition is about protecting water, our most vital and sacred resource, from an industry that has a history of causing irreparable and irreversible damage to communities," said Jeanne Blackwell, who launched a campaign to ban fracking in San Luis Obispo.
The campaign is part of a broader effort to pressure Gov. Brown and other elected officials to ban fracking in California and protect the state's precious water source. While Gov. Brown has yet to take a public stand on fracking, he recently suggested he would consider the controversial practice of fracking.
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Obesity, recognized as a disease for more than 60 years, is now of such epidemic
proportions that its impact threatens the capacity of health services even in the richest
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around 525 million obese adults with almost twice that number overweight – that means
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pressure for all premature deaths and disabilities in the affluent world. Yet the situation is
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The epidemic of obesity in children is affecting every continent. The resulting social handicaps,
inferior academic and employment prospects, and early medical complications are increasingly
evident. Over 155 million school-age children are overweight and this generation is the first
predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
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obesity. Clearly, the time to act is now!
PETA protested outside SeaWorld parks in San Antonio and San Diego today, just one week after the marine-animal prison chain was hit with a $38,500 repeat violation fine from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for allowing dangerous contact between employees and orcas in defiance of a federal court order—and basic decency.The fine resulted from a follow-up investigation and photos and footage on TV of trainers who hugged and kissed orcas without any protective barrier, as required by an earlier OSHA ruling. SeaWorld fought OSHA's decision with two unsuccessful appeals, but the ruling stands.
Aggression between orcas is nearly non-existent in nature, but the constant stress of living in forced social groupings inside tiny tanks at SeaWorld causes them to lash out, posing a danger to animals and employees alike. SeaWorld's own corporate incident logs contain reports of more than 100 incidents at its parks. Orcas have pulled trainers into the water, held them at the bottom of the pool, head-butted them, slammed into them, breached on top of them, and, of course, killed them—and those are just the episodes that have been reported.
What You Can Do
Please tell everyone you know to leave all marine-animal parks and aquariums out of their family travel plans, and ask SeaWorld officials to release their animals to sanctuaries.
This guide mostly focuses on the actions of law enforcement, such as intelligence offers and police, as it usually has the greatest authority to target activists.