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Creators of online petitions spread word about causes -- near and far -- while collecting signatures via

Virtually everybody has a voice now, thanks to online petition generator

The site, online since November 2003, allows members to create online petitions for free, which then may be forwarded to anyone with an e-mail address. Signing the virtual dotted line is a simple way to show support for a cause -- whether global or local.

According to Patrick Thona, owner of, membership has grown to nearly 20,000 members, with 100 to 200 new members joining on a daily basis. The petitions now online are gathering approximately 5,000 to 10,000 signatures each day in circulation.

Popular petitions now online include an appeal for the release of four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, taken hostage Nov. 26, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq. The petition, titled An Urgent Appeal: Please Release Our Friends in Iraq, has received nearly 40,000 signatures since its creation. It also is featured on the site

Other petitions now in circulation include: two appeals to People magazine and Oprah Winfrey to help expose puppy mills (amounting to almost 60,000 signatures), along with pleas to save the television shows Arrested Development (nearly 33,000 signatures) and Wonderfalls (almost 24,000 signatures).

“Petition creators now have more powerful tools to help manage their petitions, including a swear filter, and an e-mail validation system, so you can ensure your petition has valid signatures,” according to the site.

Articles also are available on the site to assist members in writing successful petitions.

“ is easy to use, and offers a comprehensive set of tools for petition creators who want to spread the word about a cause that is meaningful to them -- granting it exposure in the global marketplace,” Thona said.

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