Help Stop Animal Experiments: Please Send Messages and Sign Petitions

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
George Bernard Shaw

Scroll down for actions to take including petitions. If you don’t have time to read the information below please at least take some of the suggested actions to help stop the awful suffering inflicted on helpless animals in laboratories.

Recently I noticed the following disturbing article about animal testing which adds more support to the many reasons why this shocking cruelty to animals needs to end once and for all, forever. No exceptions, no excuses. The fact that still today we treat helpless innocent animals so appallingly shames us. There is not one country in the world that does experiment on animals. Yes there has been some progress such as the EU’s ban on cosmetic testing, but animals are still used in experiments and medical research and continue to be tested for cosmetics in many countries such as China and the USA.

According to the Huffington post there have been cases of cannibalism, drowning, starvation, pain and distress such as from the lack of anesthesia as a result of neglect by staff in laboratories in the UK. That is of course in addition to all the other horrors of vivisection which our government and others permit as routine and acceptable.

Cannibalism Among ‘Horrendous’ Cases of Animal Testing Neglect Revealed By Home Office Report

Mice who hadn’t been fed for up to four days ate each other.

Please read the complete article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/animal-testing-disasters-slammed-cruelty-free-international-home-office-report_uk_58947a98e4b0768562160bfc?utm_hp_ref=theresa-may

The answer of course to such neglect and harmful practices is to discontinue animal testing.

Note: “In 2015 there was a 7% rise in the number of experiments conducted on animals in the UK, which anti-vivisection campaigners said made a “mockery” of the government’s pledge to the ‘3Rs’ – replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in scientific research.”

“The number of completed animal experiments rose from 3.87 million in 2014 to 4.14 million the following year.”

That’s right in 2015 4.14 million animals suffered in ways unimaginable and died. That’s here in the UK alone! Each year, more than 100 million animals are killed in laboratories in the USA 

The use of animals in experiments including medical research should be banned entirely.

Animals have a right to their lives as we do. To an animal his or her life is important. Animals have a brain and a nervous system, so feel pain, experience fear and suffer much as we would if subjected to the same abuses.We have no right to use animals in this way, there is no ethical justification, there never will be.  We set ourselves above the other creatures with whom we share this planet, but in reality we are no better than any other animal, all animals wish to live, all animals try to avoid pain and suffering. All animal experimentation should come to an end, it’s barbarity at its worse, torture beyond our ability to imagine. Look at the picture of a rabbit at the beginning of the video below fitted with a cannulas, I have shown this before in a previous post because it is just so shocking.

The video below is difficult to watch. Vile wicked evil people, shame on them though I doubt they have the decency to feel shame, let alone compassion or empathy, – guilt also has no part to play in the lives of such callous unfeeling people.

Take Action

There are many petitions and other actions you can take to help bring an end to this form of suffering, here are just a few of them.

Please take as many of the actions below as you can to help save animals from the cruelty of vivisection ( animal experimentation)

From PETA

Send a message Victoria’s Secret

ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES NEED YOU!

SPEAK UP TO END EXPERIMENTS ON ANIMALS

Want to help the countless thousands of animals suffering in laboratories. Click the link below where you can send a message to Victoria’s Secret, which will be selling their products in China where tests on animals are required.

http://features.peta.org/stop-animal-testing/  Scroll down to send the mssage

Petitions

Tell Windex: Stop Animal Testing!  – The list of cruelty by S.C Johnson the makers of Windex in these experiments is utterly sickening

“Windex is a window cleaner company that is manufactured by S.C. Johnson. S.C. Johnson tests the ingredients in Windex on animals in experiments that often result in their death. Each year, more than 100 million animals are abused in the procedures and killed. Please sign this petition to refuse purchasing Windex because the company tests on animals!

S.C. Johnson’s use of animal experimentation is an unethical and inhumane practice where animals such as dogs, rabbits, birds, mice, and monkeys are forced to comply with painful experiments. Some methods that take place during animal testing include:

  • Pouring corrosive chemicals on their bare skin
  • Injecting chemicals into their eyes
  • Repeatedly force fed large substances
  • Forced inhalation of toxic gases”

Please read more, sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/637/327/302/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

Petition

Demand safer medicines, using better science than animal tests (*UK only*)

“Our medicines are killing us! Adverse drug reactions have reached epidemic proportions, sending a million Britons to hospital and killing more than 10,000 every year.

Currently, new medicines are approved for human testing on the basis of animal tests, as required by the government. But 9 out of 10 drugs fail in human trials because they are unsafe or ineffective, despite appearing safe and effective in animal tests.”

Read More and please sign

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Safer-Medicines/  At the time of publishing this blog post there were 4,760 signatures, 10,000 are required, so please share widely

The above petition was set up by Safer Medicines: http://www.safermedicines.org/

Animal Defenders International

Immediate action needed to end the use of animals in experiments!

“I believe that it is wrong to carry out experiments on animals when there are better, safer and humane alternatives available.

I urge the government to take action immediately to replace the use of animals in research. Animal experiments are unreliable, unethical and unnecessary.”

Please read more and sign the petition.

https://www.ad-international.org/petitions/?a=sign&pid=4&l=UK  This petition may be signed by anyone worldwide.

Ongoing campaigns and organisations fighting to abolish vivisection

NEAVS

Lots of ideas from NEAVS (New England Anti-Vivisection Society)for ways to help animals suffering in labs
http://www.neavs.org/support/take-action

Home Page: http://www.neavs.org/

CARRE

Citizens for Alternatives to animal Research and Experimentation
http://www.caareusa.org/

National Anti-vivisection Society

Advancing Science Without Harming Animals.
Home Page: http://www.navs.org/

One Green Planet

5 Awesome Organizations Fighting to End Animal Testing
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/5-awesome-organizations-fighting-to-end-animal-testing/

Cruelty Free International
https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/

To finish do watch this moving video about rabbits rescued from a lab.

Six rabbits rescued from lab testing – Seis conejos rescatados de la experimentación animal

A couple of the bunnies are hesitant to leave the confines of the pet carrier, no doubt as a result of being imprisoned in a tiny cage they are not used to their freedom

Its good to know that there are people care about animals and that some abused animals find happiness, love and freedom.

Related Links

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/2015-animal-experiment-statistics-home-office-rise-in-animal-testing_uk_578f4136e4b0b545e5cbf920

5 Horrific Animal Experiments Happening NOW
http://www.peta.org/features/current-animal-experiments/  – There is suggested action you can take at the bottom of the webpage

Please Sign Petition: Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care

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So I can’t show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right. But what I can argue is that no one should have to die of a disease that is treatable.
Paul Farmer

Please sign and share the following petition

Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care

“It’s easy to forget how bad things were before we passed the Affordable Care Act. But six years ago, almost half of all Americans were at risk of being denied access to health care because of pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies could deny coverage to children with cancer.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/713/819/785/?z00m=28775294  -Anyone worldwide may sign this petition. 

As we all are so painfully aware Trump intends to dismantle Obamacare ( Affordable Care) which while not anywhere near perfect and complicated it is far better than previous options.

I am not a resident of the USA and do not know all the ins and outs of Affordable Care sometimes called the Affordable Care Act ACA or Obamacare but know that if it is repealed many people will die or suffer from illnesses which are treatable simply because they do not have the money to pay the huge price of medical treatment in the USA. I think the majority of people would rather see improvements to the existing Affordable Care rather than have it scrapped.

Here is what one of the signatories of the above petition says about Affordable Care Act

“I have a chronic life threatening illness that will not ever go into remission. If I have a crisis I need immediate emergency medical care or I will die. This is not an exaggeration. I’ve been to the ER 28 times in the last two years for emergency treatment. Without the ACA my family would be destitute. “

Here is what  Bernie Sanders says about the proposal to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act:
“As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result.”
Sen Bernie Sanders

Instead of spending huge amounts of money on building the monument to racism, the Mexican border wall, the USA should spend the money on medical treatment for all. The USA is a rich country, it is shameful that people die or are ill simply because they cannot afford health care.

I don’t know about put American First, such nationalist slogans go against all I believe in. However it is time to Put People First. How can anyone with any decency who claims to have the interests of the American people as foremost on his agenda, than go on to deny these same people adequate health care. From my perspective Obamacare is a vast improvement on the previous system and the focus should be continued improvement rather than repeal.

However, isn’t it time for universal health care?

“No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”
Aneurin Bevan

Here is what happens in the UK. In the late 1940s the Nation Health Services was founded. Since that time regardless of your financial situation you are entitled to free health care. If you get sick you telephone the surgery where you are registered as a patient and book an appointment with a GP (general practitioner). There is no charge no matter how many times you have to see a GP. Your medication may not be free if you are working but if you are a child, a pensioner or someone on certain benefits your prescriptions are free. For everyone else there is a basic charge of £8.40 per item. Not ideal I know and frankly it is time prescriptions were free as they once were when the NHS first came into being. Nevertheless the cost in most cases is far less than the cost of the medication particularly in comparison to the huge charge for medication in the USA. If you require hospital treatment it is entirely free from the most basic of treatment to the most expensive. You will not be charged if you have to call an ambulance as is the case in the USA. You are also entitled to certain health screening services though this is restricted to age. For the optician and dentist there is a charge for some people but again children, the retired and those on certain benefits are entitled to an eye test though for the glasses there is a charge.

Being seriously or chronically ill is a life changing event without the additional worry of financing treatment, the cost of which in the USA is astronomical. Not everyone can afford insurance which in any case is not ideal, insurance companies are after all in it for profit. Without insurance treatment, major surgery for example is beyond the means of most people.

Incidentally regarding cost, the USA charge far more than most other countries for medical treatment. Consider the following:

In the USA heart surgery is about $90,000, in India it is just £1,8000 while treatment for diabetes is less than 10% of what it costs Americans.

“In Bangalore, India, heart surgeons perform daily state-of-the-art heart surgery on adults and children at an average cost of $1,800. For the record, that’s about 2% of the $90,000 that the average heart surgery costs in the United States. And when it comes to the quality of the heart surgery, the patient outcomes are among the best in the world.”

U.S. health care needs a wakeup call from India: Column
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/29/health-care-surgery-india-america-disruption-column/97056938/

Though this is cheap most families in India and indeed the USA still cannot afford insurance or find the money to pay for treatment even at this low-cost. Healthcare still needs to be universal, free for everyone. Nevertheless such low-cost needs to be commended and is better than the state of affairs regarding over priced medical care in the USA, furthermore “…contrary to what Americans may assume, the entire surgical experience is cutting edge, and beyond what is available almost anywhere in the United States.”

Time to make health care a universal right for everyone regardless of income or location.

The NHS has been there during my life time and I cannot imagine what it must be like not to be able to receive treatment when I am ill. The insecurity, particularly for poor people must be a significant detriment.

Health care USA Style

The following is a shocking and harrowing story of the struggle for survival of a seriously ill man as he tries to get the treatment he desperately needs to save his life and his difficulties concerning the enormous bills which rapidly accumulated.

“Matthew Stewart owes $62,668.78 for drugs, surgeries, and other treatment. With both bankruptcy and possibly fatal liver failure looming, he doesn’t even bother opening his bills anymore, he told The Week. “There was no point. They just upset everyone,” he says.

Stewart is 29 years old,…”

“The details of Stewart’s story are immensely complex, but the basic reality is fairly simple. A man got very sick, and had to have a serious medical procedure, or die. That care was available, and he did get it. But the medical system then bled him of every last penny it could legally get its hands on, despite his supposedly good insurance. The immense cost wrecked his finances, but merciless means tests made it all but impossible to access the skinflint social insurance system in Texas.”

Continue reading:

http://theweek.com/articles/666799/how-american-health-care-kills-people – If you are in any  doubt about the complexity of healthcare in the USA be sure to read this article, I cannot even begin to imagine the hell that this poor man and his family endured trying to navigate the complexity of this chaotic, callous health care system where medical providers find loopholes that they can exploit to their advantage.

“Doesn’t ObamaCare have out-of-pocket limits that would prevent this sort of thing?

It does indeed. But there are numerous loopholes that medical providers can and do take advantage of.”

The above is a  good case in point for the introduction of a universal health care system similar to the NHS here in the UK. In the mean time Obmamacare has made improvements but much more needs to be done to improve it rather than repeal it, such as fixing the above mentioned loopholes.

Here is what will happen without Obamacare

Katie’s Story And Why America Needs Obamacare

“The Republican leaders don’t seem to care about Kate, about you, about me, about Americans.”

“With the Republican leadership meeting behind closed doors last week to consider the future of America’s health care system, I want to share a pertinent story. Before the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) passed, my wife, Katie, sat with Michelle Obama during the president’s speech on health care to a joint session of Congress. Three weeks before that, Kate introduced President Obama at the town hall on health care held in our home town.  Kate was selected for the town hall because she was once dropped by her health insurance company, something President Obama wanted to highlight that day.  But in truth, Kate’s story with recurrent cancer includes at least a half dozen of the problems that Obamacare solved.”

Continue reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katies-story-why-america-needs-obamacare_us_588eb9c2e4b06364bb1e2776

Health insurance facelift requires a scalpel not an ax

“Tom Bohigian, former state director for Sen. Barbara Boxer, says as the new administration and Congress prepare to chloroform the Affordable Care Act, it is important to look at the broad picture of our fellow Americans. More than 20 million Americans who did not have health insurance before the ACA now do”

“The Affordable Care Act has continued that progress of keeping more Americans healthy. I hope our leaders today will take the time to think this through before acting. It truly is a matter of life and death.”
Read more:
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article130670114.html#storylink=cpy

Today there are people trying to take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. We the people can’t let that happen.
Kerry Washington

Here is what Trump says about health care

“I support health care for people. I want people well taken care of. But I also want health care that we can afford as a country. I have people and friends closing down their businesses because of Obamacare. “
Donald Trump Emphasis mine

The last sentence sums up nicely his real agenda. As for affording health care… The USA is one of the richest countries in the world. There is money to cut corporate Tax, build walls , wage wars but no money for health care? 

I don’t know about making America Great Again but it is certainly time to Make America Healthy Again don’t you think Mr Trump?

Please sign and share the petition:

Tell Congress: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/713/819/785/?z00m=28775294

Related Links

More about healthcare USA  style
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_insurance_in_the_United_States

A slightly different issue but related nonetheless

Healthcare and Trump’s travel ban: data shows success of doctors trained abroad

Research shows slightly better outcomes for US patients treated by doctors educated outside US – and many come from countries affected by Trump order

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/02/us-doctors-trump-travel-ban-health

 

 

More Action to help rabbits: Please Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora

Please speak out for helpless rabbits who suffer horrendously as their fur is ripped from their bodies.

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Please send a message to online retailer Zulily which continues to sell angora despite having heard from PETA and their supporters that rabbits are often tied down and scream in pain as their fur is torn out. It is time Zulily joined the  230 companies that have already banned angora-including fellow QVC Group subsidiary QVC, Gap Inc., Lands’ End, H&M, Inditex, Express, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.

If all retailers stop selling Angora this cruelty will end. Please help PETA’s campaign to urge Zulily’s to stop supporting this cruelty and discontinue it’s sale of clothing and accessories made from angora. 

Please support the following campaign from PETA by sending a message to Zulily’s

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessories made with fur from tortured rabbits? Zulily, an online retailer that sells clothing, toys, and home products around the world, continues to do just that—despite learning from PETA that rabbits are abused to obtain angora wool.”

Please read more and send the message. Edit if you can and use your own words, but if this is not possible for some reason simply send the message as it is. Please be polite.

Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora:

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/zulily-angora/?utm_campaign=021017%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=e-news  – scroll down to send the message.

Other Action

Please send them a Tweet:
https://twitter.com/zulily?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Please also comment on facebook:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/zulily/

Further information

Please click the following link to read more about the cruelty of the angora trade and sign a pledge never to wear angora

A Look Inside the Angora Rabbit Wool Industry

After watching this video, you’ll never buy Angora again.

Warning: Distressing images which will most definitely upset many people – if you are a normal caring compassionate person that is, sadly there are many people who care only for profit at the expense of animals and are prepared to overlook such vile atrocities as the cruelty behind Angora. 

“The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.

Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: During the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.”

Continue reading and sign the pledge.
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5171

Please share widely – With with all the turmoil throughout the world we should never forget the ongoing plight of animals who desperately need our help.

The Tory Government is no Longer Accepting Disabled Refugee Children Escaping the War in Syria

Just when you think this government could not get more callous, more cruel, more indifferent.

The Tory Government is on longer accepting disabled refugee children escaping the war in Syria and elsewhere because it says it cannot cope with their needs

According to the following article in the Independent the Government’sVulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme, which is supposed to rehome 3,000 children with their families from countries including Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq, is not accepting young people with complex needs, including disabilities and learning difficulties.”

Shantha Barriga, director of Human Rights Watch’s disability rights division, said: “Shutting the door on vulnerable children is an affront to British values.

“People with disabilities endure unimaginable hardship during conflict, and many faced huge hurdles in escaping the violence. That the UK now says it’s not prepared to accept refugees with disabilities is unthinkable.

“It’s an indefensible decision and blatant discrimination. The UK is not simply lacking ‘suitable accommodation’ in this case, but seems to be lacking political will.”

Read more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-child-refugees-uk-suspend-entry-home-office-resettlement-unhcr-united-nations-lord-dubs-a7571451.html

So many of the comments following the above article are just appalling, how people can say such things so openly, particularly when it concerns the welfare of children is shocking, their selfishness and bigotry is so palpable.

Shame on the government, a new low even by Tory standards. The UK is one of the richest countries in the world, of course we can care for these disabled children. It is just that the government does not want to, they would rather give tax concessions to corporations. The Tories have no humanity, no compassion. These long suffering and very vulnerable children should be taken in and given refuge, we are more than able to provide the care these children need here in the UK as we are the care that our own disabled children and adults need but which they are often denied .

Sadly we do not take care of disabled people already living in this country. In both cases it is not the lack of finances or the inability to provide for disabled people whether refugees or otherwise, it is simply that the government do not want to do so. With cuts in services and to benefits life is a struggle for disabled and sick people here in the UK. This latest decision to deny access to the UK for disabled refugee children confirms the government’s callous uncaring attitude to disabled and sick people.

Not only the government of course it seems that as a country we have become less caring, ignoring the plight of others with callous indifference even outright hostility, not only of people from other countries but at home also. So few have stood against the government’s assault on disabled people, the cuts in  benefits and services which have left disabled people struggling, making already difficult lives more miserable.

If we – as a nation – get used to being mean-spirited to refugees, then we will end up being increasingly mean-spirited to others ‘closer to home’.  The ‘not my problem’ mantra will turn into a habitual mindset, which will eventually include (or exclude) all of us.

The above comment on the independent article sums this up nicely. It is one of the very few supportive compassionate comments.

Also the UK the UK government announced it will end a scheme that allows unaccompanied child refugees to come to the UK.

Action you can take – petition, tweet, send e-mails/letters

Stand up for the right of unaccompanied child refugees to seek a safe home in the UK.

Please sign petitions and take the other actions below, while they do not specifically relate to disabled refugee children they nonetheless concern refugee children the UK had previously promised to allow entry in the UK

Petition

UK: Don’t abandon Syrian child refugees

“The Syrian war has left thousands of children without a family. Alone in the world, carrying the trauma of the horrors they have been through, many of these children still have nowhere safe to call home. Please sign this petition to demand that the UK government honour its pledge to give sanctuary to 3,000 Syrian child refugees.

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/711/816/620/uk-dont-abandon-syrian-child-refugees/

Please read the following from   Global Citizen and take the suggested actions

“On Wednesday, our government announced it will end a scheme that allows unaccompanied child refugees to come to the UK.

I believe this is shameful – and requires immediate public outcry. Click here to send a tweet to Home Secretary Amber Rudd calling for reversal of this decision.

The scheme was devised by a former child refugee – Alfred Dubs – who was rescued from the Nazis and brought to London as a 6-year-old by the ‘Kindertransport’ in 1939. He now says he owes his life to Sir Nicholas Winton, who started the scheme.

We are not talking about terrorists. We are talking about children who are alone, with no family, home, or safe place to go. If we, as one of the richest countries in the world, cannot find the compassion to help, who will?

I believe Britain is better than this. If you agree, click here to tweet Amber Rudd calling on her to keep this scheme running and allow unaccompanied child refugees a safe home in the UK.

With hope,

Zoe and the Global Citizen team

PS. Not on Twitter? Click here to write a letter to a refugee instead.

There are just 3000 children, a small number.

Write to Amber Rudd and Teresa May voicing your concerns about the abandonment of lone refugee children along with the UKs’ recent rejection of disabled children. Both shockingly shameful acts. Please be polite. I know it makes those of us who care about others very angry, we cannot understand the cold indifference to suffering, particularly to vulnerable children, which of course all children are whether able or disabled.

You can contact Amber Rudd here:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/amber-rudd/3983

You may wish also to send your comments to Teresa May:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mrs-theresa-may/8

Related Link

50,000-name petition against the scrapping of asylum scheme for child refugees is delivered to Downing Street

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/50000-name-petition-against-scrapping-9800408  It is so good to see that many people care about this grave social injustice.

Join March Against Racism

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“There is a link between inflammatory statements by politicians and racist attacks and hate crimes on the street. There has been a rise in such crimes in Britain, following the EU referendum and a similar pattern has emerged in the US. Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
Diane Abbott 

Please join the following national demonstration on 18th March 2017 

National demonstration: March Against Racism March 18 2017, UN Anti-Racism Day London, Glasgow and Cardiff

National Demo- Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”

In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.

Read more – includes details of march and public transport information.

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/national-demo-refugees-migrants-welcome-stand-racism-islamophobia-anti-semitism/

Check Twitter and facebook for more action ideas and notifications

https://twitter.com/antiracismday?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/events/1092335410814754/

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Fred Hampton

Since Brexit and Trump’s election there has been a marked increase in racism, or at least these two events have given racists leave to openly display their hatred. Since last year racists have been emboldened as a result of these occurrences, particularly the US elections.  Unless we speak out, as a result of the hateful rhetoric and the actions of Donald Trump and others both in the USA and here in the UK there could well begin the normalisation of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-immigrants, anti-Muslim, even anti-Semitism and hatred for refugees despite their obvious plight and the enormous suffering they have endured.

With the election of Donald Trump racists the world over now feel encouraged; their hatred, prejudice and bigotry inflamed, now sanctioned by the most powerful man in the world, the president of the US. Trump used people’s prejudices and hatred to secure his election victory inciting hatred towards Mexicans, black people, immigrants and Muslims.

The aftermath of the UK’s EU referendum has also resulted in a sharp rise in racism including hate crimes ranging from verbal abuse to violent attacks. Such attacks have focused on Polish immigrants and Muslims, one pregnant Islamic woman lost her baby as a result of one such attack  and many Polish people have been the focus of racist motivated abuse and violence.

In both cases the flames of racism have been fanned by politicians. In the USA immigrants have been used as scapegoats. Trump’s campaign rhetoric portrays a country under siege from refugees and immigrants, particularly Mexicans and Muslims.  To stir hatred he slanders Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers,” threatening to build a wall and imposes the Muslim ban. The conservative government has used a similar tactic to distract from the financial crisis and their failing economic policies blaming immigrants and refugees for many of the ills that have befallen this country as a result of the Tory policies of Austerity. Encouraged and baited by the government and the media many people now blame immigrants for the shortage of housing, long NHS waiting lists and job shortages to name just a few of the many grievances for which immigrants have been scapegoated. I consider that many people voted to leave the EU simply as a result of their zenophobic/racist attitudes. The UK was once a more tolerant society who stood up for the underdog, we had a reputation for lack of racism and other prejudice. Sadly so much has changed. I like our multicultural society, the presence of other cultures enriches our own. We are, after all said and done, one species, one race, the human race.

Please attend the March on the 18th March we must never allow the current climate of racism and other prejudices to become acceptable.

More anti racist quotes

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Joseph Fort Newton

“Forty-two years after Dr. King was murdered, we are still a nation of inequality. People of color, women, gays, lesbians, and others are still treated as second-class citizens. Yes, things have changed but we have still not achieved equality among all humans. And nonhuman animals continue to be chattel property without any inherent value.”
Gary L. Francione

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”
Thurgood Marshall

We all have no choice but to do better.

The world is in turmoil, the rise of right-wing political agendas, bigotry, rampant racism,  anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism
ant-migrants, anti-refugees, homophobia, sexism … I have I missed anything, it seems that everyone hates everyone else. It has to stop, we need one world, one race, the human race.

Related Links

Keep in mind it is not only over in the USA and here in the UK but also in the rest of Europe that we need to be concerned about the rise in racism and other prejudices.

It’s not just Trump’s US. Anti-Muslim hate threatens Europe too

The Islamophobic ideologues at the heart of the new US administration have allies on this side of the Atlantic. We must all fight the spread of their divisive lies
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/trump-us-anti-muslim-hate-europe

8 Surprising Facts About Migration the Tabloids Don’t Want You to Know
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/facts-migration-immigration-impact-uk-tabloids/

Blaming immigrants and a tolerant society
http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/23292/labour-markets/blaming-immigrants-and-a-tolerant-society/

Muslim-Mexican scapegoats in Trump’s America: Voices
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/01/muslim-mexican-scapegoats-trumps-america-column/97309202/

Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/brexit-hate-crime-racism-immigration-eu-referendum-result-what-it-means-eurospectic-areas-a7165056.html

Credit: Racism quotes from Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/racism

Please Send a Message to Tell Kathmandu: Stop Paying for Duck Torture!

Tell Kathmandu: Stop Paying for Duck Torture!

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“To be clear, there is no ethical way to rip birds’ feathers out—how could that ever be OK? Yet Kathmandu claims to use “100% ethically sourced” down in its products. Puh-lease.”

Please support PETA’s campagin to ask  Kathmandu to stand up for animals and stop selling—and lying about—down.

Please continue reading and send the message. Edit if you can do so, but please send the message as it is if you cannot. Please be polite.

http://www.peta2.com/achievements/kathmandu-stop-selling-down/?utm_campaign=1216%20missions%20recap%20dec%20four%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

For anyone who does not know Kathmandu is a retailer of outdoor wear and camping equipment.

In addition to the PETA message you may wish to write to them using your own e-mail account or send a letter. You can use the PETA message as a template. Please be polite.

You can find contact details for the UK here: http://www.kathmandu.co.uk/help-centre

Below are the contact details ( e-mail and telephone) for the following countries:

New Zealand:http://www.kathmandu.co.nz/help-centre

Australiahttp://www.kathmandu.com.au/?___store=au_eng#

The postal addresses of all three countries are available here:
http://www.kathmandu.co.uk/contact-us/

As always please share widely.

If you don’t live in any of these countries you can of course write using any of the contact details above or use the “Get in Touch” form in the above link.

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Warning very distressing imagines of appalling cruelty to Geese

“Investigators saw workers violently rip feathers out of fully conscious geese—leaving open, bloody wounds. Many struggled to escape and screamed as their feathers were torn out, while others froze, paralyzed with fear.”

There is no way to ethically acquire down. Keep in mind that the use of feathers from birds killed for meat is of course not ethical or humane, death is never humane, how can it be all beings wish to live. Animals have a right to their lives. The right thing to do is not to use down, refuse to buy garments or bedding which contain down.

There is no need to use down, there are plenty of synthetic materials which are just as warm if not warmer. As I often say I cannot understand how people can be so cruel, it takes a callous emotionless person to rip feathers from a living sentient creature who feels pain and suffers as we do. The fact that there are such people in our society that can do this without much concern or hesitation disturbs me greatly. You cannot be a good caring person towards your fellow man if you can so callously without remorse deal so cruelly with helpless animals.

The quotations below say it all

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Arthur Schopenhauer (philosopher)

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant

The Story of an African Elephant

“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
David Attenborough

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Scroll down for petitions and other actions to help elephants.

Shocking fact: African elephants could be extinct in our lifetime!

As a result of the actions of a minority of human beings in the name of superstition and greed elephants face imminent extinction unless we act now!

Poachers slaughtering  these highly intelligent animals as a response to the demand for ivory is the greatest threat to these iconic animals. Both the legal and illegal trade in ivory is devastating many elephant populations.

Click the link below to follow the story of one little elephant and learn how you can help save her species.

The herd into which this little elephant was born amounted to thirty animals, now only 12 remain. She is only 7 years old yet during her short life elephant populations have plummeted by 30 per cent!

According to the Great Elephant census poaching is wiping out these animals to the point of extinction. From a population of 1.3 million in the 1970 elephants have dwindled to just  350,000 animals

Learn more about poaching and ways to help save these highly endangered animals by following the story from the African Wildlife Foundation of this baby elephant and also taking some or all of the suggested actions further down:

http://www.awf.org/campaigns/countingelephants/?utm_source=1611dap2&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fy17care2&ms=B17Q02E04W%E2%80%8B

We can at times feel so helpless, signing petitions seems so little, so distant from the problem. How can this help we may ask ourselves? The fact is every signature counts. The more people who sign the more hope there is that things will change You may be but one voice, one signature but that joins thousands even millions of others, like drops of water every single signature adds up.

Robert F Kennedy said:“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

Every action helps to improve the situation and bring about change. Every signature counts towards “making things better” so please sign as many petitions as you can.

Pleased do not be put off if asked to comment or personalise a message. All well and good if you can but not everyone is up to the task, it not,  just add you name that is the most important action you can take.

Take Action

(Apologies for the last minute notice on some of these petitions however this post was written a while ago and the publication has been delayed) Please sign as many of the suggested actions as you can

Bloody Ivory Campaign Petition

“Elephants are still being killed in their thousands for Bloody Ivory. Illegal ivory is still being smuggled out of Africa.
We must stop this happening and support improved protection for elephants.”

Please Sign below now!
http://www.bloodyivory.org/petition

Petition: Shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK.  This petition can only be signed by residents in the UK. – There are more petitions and actions everyone can take further down. 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165905    Important: Please note this petition has reached over 100,000 signatures this means parliament has to consider the petition for debate.  Parliament has set a date for the debate on 6 February 2017. But please keep signing and sharing, the more people who sign the more pressure there will be on the government to stand by their manifesto pledge for the past two elections to shut down the UK’s domestic ivory market . 

You’ll be able to watch online at parliamentlive.tv

Send a message

Also please take the following Take action from IFAW and send a message to your MP ( I am not sure but I think that this message can only be sent by residents in the UK)

Ask your MP to help ban the UK ivory trade:
http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/get-involved/ban-uk-ivory-market
There is a template letter please edit if you can, but if for some reason this is not possible send it as it is. This needs to be sent straight the way as the debate takes this coming Monday Feb 6th.

African Elephants are not the only elephants under threat, Asian elephants also face a fight for survival as a result of human impact on their forest homes, poaching and disease.

Save the Asian Elephants

Read more about the plight of Asian Elephants and take the recommended actions

Save the Asian Elephant:  https://stae.org/    –  Please at least sign the petition:
Petition to end the cruel treatment of elephants in India – by Save The Asian Elephants  https://www.change.org/p/save-the-asian-elephants-savetheasianelephants

More action you can take from Save the Elephants:
https://stae.org/help-us/
  – Scroll down this page to access ideas of how to help, please take as many of the suggested actions as you can.

Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_bloody_ivory/?pv=14&rc=fb  This is a quick sign petition

Action from WWF: Adopt an elephant

“The magnificent Asian elephant is threatened by extinction in the wild, its habitat is shrinking fast.

Asian elephants used to roam across most of Asia, but now they’re restricted to just 15% of their original range. Asian elephant numbers have dropped by at least 50% over the last three generations, and they’re still in decline today.”

Read more about adopting an elephant

https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-elephant/?pc=AQJ001001&ds_medium=cpc&gclid=CKuTtc-HntECFcMYGwodXf8BPw&gclsrc=aw.ds

More Information

Why are Elephants Important?

“Elephants are among the most intelligent of the creatures with whom we share the planet, with complex consciousnesses that are capable of strong emotions. Across Africa they have inspired respect from the people that share the landscape with them, giving them a strong cultural significance. As icons of the continent elephants are tourism magnets, attracting funding that helps protect wilderness areas. They are also keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.”

http://savetheelephants.org/about-elephants-2-3/importance-of-elephants/

Action for Elephants UK
http://actionforelephantsuk.org/

Photo Credit:

By Rob Hooft – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13973