Tuesday, January 14, 2014

❀ The Good News ❀

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Stop watching the News on T.V. filled with lies, propaganda, and made to make you feel helpless and afraid.

With all the negative news in the world, it's time to give you hope and inspiration. It's time to the weekly Good News! 
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Safeway Moves Towards Eliminating Gestation Crates
In more good news for animal welfare, yet another major company has stepped up to the plate with a pledge to eliminate gestation crates, also known as gestational crates, from its pork farming practices. Supermarket chain Safeway told its suppliers to start preparing alternatives to meet demand, as it intends to phase gestation crates out of its supply chain.

More Good News for Angora Rabbits: Zara suspends orders of angora‏
Zara has suspended all orders for products containing angora wool until each supplier has been inspected.
Almost 300,000 members of the SumOfUs.org community signed the petition to Zara, urging it to respond to horrific video footage released by PETA that shows angora rabbits being tortured for their fur. Thousands commented on the Zara Facebook page; 330 joined SumOfUs' Super Bunny Warrior Team; and others were brave enough to talk to Zara staff in-store. It worked! 

Success! Charges in Dog Dragging Case Upgraded to Felony Cruelty
The efforts of compassionate Care2 readers have helped changed the course of an animal cruelty prosecution. The man accused of dragging a young pit bull for more than a mile behind his pickup truck in late November now faces a felony rather than a misdemeanor criminal charge.
Roger Dennis Owens was charged with felony “ill treatment of animals” on December 17. Owens had originally been arrested on December 6 and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of only 90 days in jail and an $800 fine. Owens is also now charged with two counts of driving under suspension and two counts of being a habitual traffic offender. The felony cruelty charge could bring Owens from six months to five years in prison. If convicted of multiple offenses, he may face significantly more time.
Meanwhile, Andra Grace, the pit bull, is recovering nicely. Though she was badly injured, her condition is so much improved that she was moved to her new foster home in time for Christmas.

Los Angeles First City to Mandate Energy-Saving Cool Roofs
Los Angeles is set to have the coolest roofs in the country, but it has nothing to do with how awesome the architecture is. Following a unanimous decision by the LA City Council, all new (or refurbished) roofs in the nation’s second largest city will utilize “cool” roof technology.

Exxon Faces Criminal Charges Over 50,000 Gallon Fracking Waste Spill
Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy is faced with criminal charges for allegedly dumping tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in 2010, according to a Pennsylvania judge’s ruling last week.

New York City Bans Use of Styrofoam
New York’s City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers. New York is now the largest U.S. city to implement such a ban on single-use foam containers.

Catholic Teens Protest Firing of Gay Vice Principal
What should be a depressing story about yet another employee of the Catholic Church being fired for being gay actually has an uplifting twist:  the youth community rallying in support of same-sex marriage.
In a refreshing sign of the changing times, teenagers in Washington walked out of school to protest discrimination against the termination of their vice principal. We’re not just talking the Gay-Straight Alliance either – hundreds of students participated, nearly the entire student body, along with some faculty members, as well.

Social Security Just Got a Bit More Gay Friendly
The Social Security agency has announced it will be expanding its recognition of same-sex married couples, yet another example of how the administration is continuing to apply the Supreme Court’s landmark anti-DOMA ruling.
On December 16, the Social Security Administration announced that it will now be able to process certain claims made by same-sex married partners.

New Mexico’s Supreme Court Says Yes to Marriage Equality!
The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled on Thursday that the state’s constitution means the state cannot deny marriage recognition to same-sex couples, effectively legalizing gay marriage.
The decision should take effect immediately. New Mexico joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in recognizing same-sex marriage.

President Obama Signs Bill to Combat Sexual Assault in the Military
The day after Christmas, President Obama signed a defense bill with provisions to curb sexual assault in the U.S. military. Under the new law, anyone who engages in sexual assault will face dishonorable discharge, commanders are prevented from reversing jury decisions, legal assistance will be provided for victims, and “retaliation” against a victim will be punished.

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