Success on Causes this year: Whole Foods Addresses GMOs, Ivory Trade Ban in Thailand, and more
Posted Mar 13, 2013 by Alejandro De La Cruz
People are changing the world and their local communities through dynamic campaigns on Causes.com every day. Your success on Causes inspires us to make the best tools possible. This week, we decided to look at some of the most successful campaigns on Causes so far in 2013, run by both amateur organizers like Heath Arnold and professional organizations like World Wildlife Fund. These campaigns focused on specific targets — whether it was a city council measure or a government’s approach to animal welfare — and won because of hundreds of thousands of people who joined campaigns to collectively create change.
WWF successfully bans ivory trade in Thailand
Elephants are the prime target of poachers. And in Thailand, the ivory trade has been fueling their demise. In February, World Wildlife Fund launched a campaign on Causes asking people to sign a petition that would influence the Prime Minister of Thailand to ban the ivory trade. More than 126,000 people signed and on March 4, 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced that her administration would take crucial steps to make trading ivory in Thailand a thing of the past!
GMOs and the push to label them
Alexis Baden-Mayer is the Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association. She launched a campaign in October of 2012 asking Whole Foods, the Austin, Texas-based grocer, to label food products that contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Over the course of a few months, Alexis managed to collect more than 16,000 signatures from people all over the world. This week, that support turned into a big win! The New York Times reported that Whole Foods, a grocer with more than 3,000 stores worldwide, would institute mandatory labeling of all food products that contain GMOs by 2018. [Ed note: You can watch an interview with Alexis from Russian Television.]
Father fights for his son
Cause leader Heath Arnold has an 11-year-old son loves sports. His son is home schooled and the state of Tennessee doesn’t allow for home schooled children to play within public school sports programs. That didn’t fly with Heath. In January, Heath created a petition directed at members of the Weakley County School Board asking them to allow for children like his son to participate in team sports sponsored by public schools. More than 2,000 people signed and on March 4, 2013, Heath sent this update to his supporters.
“We did it!
Bill 222 passed the senate today with a unanimous vote, 31-0! That means that starting with the 2013/2014 school year all children who are home-schooled in Tennessee will be allowed to try out for the sports teams at their nearby public schools! Thanks so much to everyone who supported this campaign! Stay tuned for more updates as we plan on taking it all the way to Washington D.C. We will need your help!” Congratulations, Heath!
Tackling breed-specific legislation
Should dogs be targeted for punishment because of their breed? Cause leader Zeke Moreno doesn’t think so. In February, Zeke launched a petition asking people to help fight against breed-specific legislation in Broward County, Florida. More than 3,000 people signed and on February 26, 2013, Zeke proudly announced that Measure 52A, sponsored by a Vice Mayor in the area, was pulled because of support he gathered on Causes.com. Here is his message to supporters.
“…We are very grateful and thankful for all of your support as this had not only Bully Breed lovers in Broward County on the edge, but also Bully Breed lovers across the state of Florida. Thank you to each of you who signed and shared this petition.”
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