Modern pentathlon without riding!

After the fiasco of the performance of the rider Annika Schleu at the equestrian competition of the modern pentathlon, it became finally obvious that equestrianism should no longer be a part of this competition. Pentathletes are athletes who have to master several disciplines. This requires a great variety and a lot of different training from the athletes. Equestrian sport is a discipline in which the interaction with the partner horse must be in the foreground. However, this is completely out of focus in modern pentathlon. Instead, the horse is degraded to a piece of sports equipment that is drawn by lot and assigned. Here, no consideration is given to the animals. Unknown riders, driven by the ambition to win a medal, swing themselves into the saddle and try by hook or by crook to get the animal to perform. This often happens in complete disregard of the riding teachings, the basis of which is to ride the horse in a healthy manner and for its advancement. The rider has no relation to the horse, it is only the means of transport that has to carry him over the obstacles. It is not really possible to work with the horse as a partner and to respond to the animal in this way. It cannot and must not be that horses are abused in this way in order to win a medal. The discipline of riding must be taken out of the modern pentathlon and replaced by another, more appropriate sport. This is not only in the interest of the horses, but also in the interest of the athletes, who will then no longer be faced with a requirement that they often cannot really meet.
45778 Sign of 60000 Goal

Stop taxing periods. Period. #EndTamponTax

The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! By March we made history when Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Following Brexit complications, this amendment will be implemented by 2022 at the very latest. That sucks. But we're on it! We've launched a new project called 'Period Watch' to keep an eye on the Government and SMASH the period taboo in the meantime! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period! We need to make sure we no longer tax period products on luxurious, “non-essential” grounds, but not helicopters, the maintenance of our private jets, or crocodile steaks. Even President Obama has coined the tax 'shocking' and 'unfair'. If you value the functioning of those who menstruate at least as much as you enjoy your flying crocodile Fridays then sign our petition and join our campaign. Help to put an end to the marginalisation of issues traditionally associated with women by demanding a zero tax rate for sanitary products. Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been created for those who do. Not using sanitary products can lead to health risks, jeopardise maintaining a normal, professional or personal life, and result in public ridicule. Equally, by using sanitary products, our Government capitalises on misogynist discourse and period shame that has caused us to fear our own menstrual cycles. It’s a double-edged sword that cuts women on both sides. Tax allocations should expose the needs of society as a whole, and the needs of those who menstruate as well as those who don’t. Because we care about these people, this campaign was made in support of tax allocations representing them and reflecting something that is vital. Philip Hammond, sanitary products should join your list of essential, tax exempt products, which include “helicopters” (and “aircraft repair and maintenance”), “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. While we can live without flying our own private helicopters, we cannot live without the public participation of those who menstruate, which is dependent upon the accessibility of sanitary products. We hope you support and join our campaign!
23522 Sign of 500000 Goal

KFC and Pizza Hut: Stop Supporting Animal Abuse!

KFC and Pizza Hut are both owned by the parent company Yum! Brands and are responsible for the cruel and archaic confinement of millions of egg-laying hens in tiny, filthy cages. These cages are so small and packed with birds that the hens can’t move or spread their wings. Often, their body parts are caught in the caging, resulting in fractured or broken bones, deformities, and severe feather loss. Some hens, exhausted or unable to move, are trampled to death by their cage mates. Those that don’t die from the abuse spend their miserable lives trapped with dead birds at their feet. Thousands of companies around the world are ditching cages. Global commitments to go cage-free are being made by some of the largest companies in the world, including Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes, Unilever, Nestle, Aldi, InterContinental Hotels, Sodexo, Marriott, Wyndham, Compass Group, Shake Shack, Famous Brands, Costa Coffee, and Barilla. Even low-end fast food and pet food companies are moving away from this horrible practice. KFC says that it believes "investing in the right recipe today is the most important ingredient to create a world of good for our people and communities tomorrow". Archaic animal cruelty shouldn't be an ingredient. Sign this petition telling KFC and Pizza Hut to get with the times.
45221 Sign of 50000 Goal

Add Singapore to the UK travel corridor list

Singapore is currently not on the travel corridor list for the UK. This means that all students returning/going to the UK have to serve 14 days in quarantine. Many overseas students do not have access to quarantine facilities without incurring significant cost, logistical issues and unnecessary stress. This makes it expensive, impractical and extremely difficult for them and their families.  The UK Government has specified these criteria for consideration in deciding which countries are on the travel corridor list. I have added the information relevant to Singapore beneath each point. Less than 20 cases per 100,000 over 7 days1.1 cases per 100,000 An estimate of the proportion of the population that is currently infectious in the countryLess than 0.01% Virus incidence rates and rates of change Very low.  Daily new Covid cases (mostly asymptomatic are below 100) Trends in incidence, deaths and hospitalisationsSince January 2020, 27 deaths in total. As of 29th August, 71 hospitalised (stable) and 0 in intensive care. This reflects a similar trend over the last 14 days. Imported infections identified through UK contact tracingThis information is not available to me in Singapore Transmission status and international epidemic intelligenceSingapore shares its epidemic intelligence openly (e.g. through WHO) Information on a country's testing capacity, testing regime and test positivity rateTotal number of unique persons swabbed: 133,100 per million An assessment of the quality of the data available and public health systemsThe Singapore Ministry of Health updates daily information about Covid-19. The Public Health System is excellent. Extent and effectiveness of measures being deployedExcellent, our cases have been under control for many months. Social distancing measures are in place and people take these measures seriously e.g. face coverings are compulsory except when eating, drinking or doing strenuous activities, washing hands frequently etc. Volume of passengers coming into the UK from that countryThis information is not available to me in Singapore Population size of the country5.8 million As of 29th August, Wales added Singapore to their travel corridor list. Please sign this petition to put Singapore on the travel corridor list!
322154 Sign of 500000 Goal

Ban Conversion Therapy ("Gay Cure") in Germany - NOW!

Die Conversion Therapy, auch „Homo-Heilung" genannt, ist eine menschenverachtende „Therapieform“ bei der Homosexuelle „heterosexuell gemacht werden sollen“.  Als ich mich mit 17 geoutet habe, wusste ich schon lange, dass ich mich eher zu Männern als zu Frauen hingezogen fühle. Der Prozess zu sagen, „Mama oder Papa, ich bin schwul.“ hat drei Jahre gedauert. Ich bin sehr dankbar, dass meine Familie und Freunde mich unterstützen und mein Outing zum größten Teil positiv aufgenommen haben. Doch eine Vielzahl der Outings verläuft nicht so harmonisch, viele werden von ihren Eltern verstoßen, Kontakte zu Freunden brechen ab, der Boden unter den Füßen wird weggezogen. Noch schlimmer wird es jedoch dann, wenn Eltern ihre Kinder sogenannten „Homo-Heilern“ anvertrauen, die vorgeben Kinder und Jugendliche von der Homosexualität heilen zu können, sie „normal“ zu machen. Die Methoden dazu sind vielfältig und hinterlassen bei den Betroffenen z.T. lebenslange schwere geistige und körperliche Schäden, die sich irreversibel und unabdingbar auf die Zukunft der Betroffenen auswirken. Laut Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung, Panorama, Tagesspiegel, Zeit und Bento reichen die Methoden von Nackttänzen zu Trommelschlägen und eiskalten Duschen bis hin zu Gesprächstherapien in denen den „Betroffenen“ verdeutlicht werden soll, dass ihre sexuelle Orientierung falsch sei. In extremsten Fällen werden den „Patienten“ Videos von homosexuellen Handlungen gezeigt, wobei ihnen körperliche Schmerzen zugefügt werden. Dadurch soll die eigene Homosexualität mit Schmerzen in Verbindung gebracht werden. Es ist Zeit, dem ein Ende zu bereiten. Die in Fachkreisen Reparativ- oder Reorientierungstherapie genannte „Therapieform“ ist in der Europäischen Union bisher nur in Malta und in einigen Regionen Spaniens verboten. Die Deutsche Bundesregierung hat noch im März 2017 das Verbot abgelehnt. Die Deutsche Bundesärztekammer sowie der 117. Deutsche Ärztetag, sowie eine Vielzahl von Mediziner*innen und Expert*innen verurteilen diese Therapieform jedoch bereits seit Jahren. Wir fordern den zuständigen Bundesminister für Gesundheit, Jens Spahn (CDU) und die zuständige Bundesministerin für Recht und Verbraucherschutz, Katharina Barley (SPD) und jede Abgeordnete und jeden Abgeordneten im Deutschen Bundestag dazu auf, sich gegen diese Form der seelischen und psychischen Körperverletzung in Form der sogenannten „Homo-Heilung“ einzusetzen! In einem toleranten, progressiven Land wie Deutschland, sollte diese Praxis weder ausgeübt werden noch erlaubt sein! Zusammen setzen wir dem ein Ende!Nicht nur in Deutschland ist die Conversion Therapy noch immer erlaubt. Auch in anderen Ländern formt sich Protest gegen die unmenschliche Praxis. Zusammen können wir eine globale Bewegung starten: 
145545 Sign of 250000 Goal

Free Wilfried Siewe from jail atrocities in Cameroon: Germany's duty!

We friends would like to introduce the case of Wilfried Siewe, a German engineer of Cameroonian origin, who has been innocently detained since February 18, 2019 in Yaounde, Cameroon. Wilfried was on holidays since February 1, 2019 with his wife and two children ind in the Cameroonian capital. The family was due to return to Germany on February 18, 2019, as Wilfried a Siemens employee was supposed to return to work on February 20, 2019. On the morning of February 18th, 2019, Wilfried went to Nsimalen International airport to register for his return flight. After completing their depature formalities, he decided to stop in town to buy some books as a souvenir to take some final pictures before departing. While taking pictures of the justice building, he was arrested by police officers who made him delete the pictures. Nevertheless, this led to a provisional arrest by the police. He was then taken to a police station where his camera and mobile phone where searched. They found photos and videos of recent legal political demonstrations against the Cameroonian goverment in some European Countries. Some of these photos and the videos were those shared in large number on social netwoks and available to all.  He was also accused of taking pictures of public buildings and being in possession of books by Cameroonian politicians. The Cameroonian police accuses Wilfried Siewe to be a dangerous person who has organized political demonstrations against the Cameroonian regime. He was also accused of participating in the riots in the Cameroonian embassy in Berlin which took place on January 26, 2019. However Wilfried was demonstrably in another German City that day. Theses are the reasons for the arrest and charges against Wilfried. He has been detained since February 18, 2019—initially in the Yaounde court police station and since March 1st, 2019 in the Central Kondengui Prison. How can a foreign citizen be arbitrarily arrested simply for taking pictures, owning books sold in public library and for using social medias? Wilfried Siewe has so far gone through two military court cases, the last of which led to a six-month pre-trial detention. Hearings were supposed to be held, one was done so far but because the procesutor was absent, there are no further dates communicated. According to the latest information, it may take months and there is even a possibility of prolonging the pre-trial detention twice for 6 months each. One disturbing aspect of this case is  that the entire file on this case, including copies of his wife and children´s ID had been shared on social media for several weeks. These files reveal very private information about Wilfried Siewe and his family. Sharing those on the web exposes them to serious and continuing identity theft.   The German embassy in Yaounde was informed on the day of the arrest and the Foreign Office in Germany a few days later. The only official feedback from these institutions could be found in the aforementionned file. It does not contain an opinion on the case and no request for release. On May 2nd, 2019, Wielfried was taken from the prison without any prior notice and presented to the magistrate. As a result, his lawyer was not present at the time of the trial before the magistrate. The German embassy in Cameroon and the Federal Foreign Office appear very passive, and not willing to put any pressure on the Cameroonian government-despite the great reputation in the international political scene and its desire for worldwide respect for human rights. The Cameroonian government is actively engaging in brutal human rights violations and abuses by unlawfully detaining individuals and barring fair and timely investigations. A temporary release could have been requested at a minimum, allowing Wilfried to stay at home with his relatives during the time of investgation instead of locking him in a prison. We ask you therefore to sign this petition in order to put pressure on the Foreign Office and the German embassy in Cameroon. Germany has the the duty of protecting the fundemental rights of its citizens, Wilfried does not belong in a prison in Cameroon but with his family in Erlangen (Germany). Thank you and best regards,
175210 Sign of 200000 Goal