From multi-level marketing to political lobbying there are a number of things you’ll be shocked are actually legal. It’s a mystery why these practices or behavior despite their potential harm or ethical concerns are legalized. In this article, we cover 20 things that are surprisingly legal and should be illegalized immediately.
1. Conversion Therapy
Conversion therapy is an unethical practice of trying to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Widely discredited by medical and psychological associations this practice should be banned to protect LGBTQ+ people.
2. Payday Loans
Payday loans target individuals in desperate need of cash and offer them loans at exorbitant rates. This predatory practice is already banned in New York but placing regulations in other states can protect consumers.
3. Robocalls and Unsolicited Telemarketing
We all know how annoying it is to get unsolicited calls, especially automated robocalls that just disrupt your day. If companies utilizing this form of telemarketing are regulated it will safeguard individuals from unwanted interruption.
4. Political Lobbying
Many see lobbying as borderline bribery as lobbyists influence how congress votes on issues through ‘favors’ and other incentives. Some even believe that lobbyists own congress and they may not be wrong.
5. Big Corporations Avoiding Tax
It’s mind-blowing how billion dollar corporations can get away without paying tax and its legal! They exploit tax loopholes and tax-havens to avoid paying tax, undermining the system. Closing these loopholes ensures big corporations do their bit and creates a fair economic landscape.
6. Unregulated Use of Personal Data by Tech Companies
You just mentioned buying a car to your friend and now there are auto ads all over your instagram page. It’s really scary how much access tech companies have to our personal data and how they use this data for profit.
7. Lawmakers Owning Stocks That Will Benefit from the Laws They Make
This one is a no-brainer – members of congress shouldn’t financially benefit from the laws they make. It’s obvious that lawmakers and their families owning stocks that are influenced by their legislation raises a conflict of interest.
8. Puppy Mills
Puppy mills, where dogs are bred under inhumane conditions, are surprisingly legal in a number of states. Prioritizing profit over a dog’s welfare, puppy mills are contributors to animal suffering and are also a breeding ground for diseases.
9. Sale of Assault Weapons to the Public
The unrestricted sale of assault weapons to the public has led to a number of mass shootings. Which is why it’s still jaw-dropping that it’s legal to purchase assault weapons that pose a serious risk to our society.
10. Prescription Drug Advertisements
Big pharma has been hard at work with prescription drug advertisements to the extent that many Americans can identify COVID-19 vaccines by name. Advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers is just weird and can potentially lead to inappropriate medical use.
11. Churches Not Paying taxes
Many people believe that it’s high time churches start paying taxes. The tax exemption status that churches and other religious organizations have raises questions as to fairness. Especially when it’s suspected that revenue is used to enrich the administration.
12. Exploitative Practices of For-Profit Prisons
For-profit prisons are a gray area in the US, even in government owned prisons most contracts are executed by private corporations. Simply put, companies are getting paid to keep people behind bars which promotes incarceration and profit over the well being of inmates.
13. Civil Asset Forfeiture without Due Process
Civil asset forfeiture gives law enforcement the authority to seize property without charging an individual to court. This often begs the question; “Why should I forfeit property that has nothing to do with the crime committed?”
14. Owning Exotic Animals
Believe it or not in a number of states in the United States you can still own endangered species. The issue is private ownership of exotic animals often leads to mistreatment, endangerment and public safety risks.
15. Spanking at Home
Though many Americans think spanking their kids is a good form of discipline. The act raises ethical and child-welfare concerns as spanking is easily associated with child abuse.
16. Driving While Drowsy
Outside of Jersey and Arkansas, there is no law against driving while tired but the thing is over-tired drivers are the cause of one-third of highway accidents and pose a significant road safety risk.
17. Child Beauty Pageants
Child beauty pageants are a form of child exploitation. They put undue pressure on children and objectification. Age restrictions for beauty pageants can protect kids from the negative effects.
18. Pre-existing Condition Discrimination in Health Insurance
Health insurance companies discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions limiting their access to essential and affordable health care services. Eliminating this exclusion safeguards equitable access to healthcare for everyone.
Even though only famous people have to deal with the paparazzi, there’s no reason why anyone should have to deal with such an extreme breach of their right to privacy. The constant stalking and harassment of celebrities can have negative effects on their mental health.
20. Wealthy Tax Evasion
Wealthy people exploiting tax loopholes and offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes promotes income inequality and burdens the middle class. Those that profit more from society should also contribute more to society.
It’s astonishing how so many of these unsafe and unethical practices are actually legal. We can work to create an equitable society by closing these legal loopholes and enacting the required reforms.
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