Very Urgent Action: Please sign a Petition to Help Save Mentally ill Man From Execution

“Update 19/09/2016 from Repreive: We’ve got good news. Imdad’s execution was temporarily halted by Pakistan’s supreme court, until an appeal hearing on September 27th. Imdad is still in danger of being executed, and we’re continuing our fight to have his death sentence overturned. Please continue to sign our appeal for mercy, and we’ll keep you updated on what you can do to support his case.”

Please read the following from Reprieve and sign the petition to President Hussain to stop the execution.

Please share as widely as possible.

Emergency Appeal: Stop the execution of mentally ill prisoner in Pakistan

“Imdad Ali, a Pakistani former electrician with severe mental illness, is due to be executed at dawn on Tuesday over a 2002 shooting. Despite a family history of mental illness, Imdad did not receive a proper medical assessment at his trial and was instead convicted without his mental illness being properly considered.

During his time on death row, Imdad was diagnosed as suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Imdad has spent over 16 years in prison, where his mental health has significantly deteriorated. Pakistan has signed international agreements which prohibit the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Executing a mentally ill prisoner would be deeply inhumane and a travesty of justice which cannot be undone. We don’t have much time to save Imdad, and we need your help. Join our call on President Hussain to honour Pakistan’s international agreements banning the execution of mentally ill prisoners and show mercy by staying Imdad’s execution.”

Petition PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE

Please Take Action to Save The Larung Gar Monastery

Please take action to save Tibet’s Larung Gar monastery.

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The Chinese government are in the process of demolishing Larung Gar the Tibetan Buddhist monastery pictured above. The demolitions are part of a plan to reduce the size and population of the academy and monastery:
https://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/demolitions-begin-larung-gar

Please read the following from the Free Tibet Society and take the suggested actions.

URGENT ACTION: LARUNG GAR BUDDHIST ACADEMY

Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy 2014, by BODHICITTA: www.flickr.com/photos/qfzz/

“Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institution in the world, is under threat.

Under plans issued by the local government, a series of forced removals and extensive demolition work will be carried out to cut the number of residents from 10,000 down to 5,000 by October 2017. The first round of demolitions and removals, carried out in July, reduced large areas of the site to rubble and caused widespread distress among Tibetans.

The plan is to be implemented in various stages. A series of deadlines have been imposed, with a certain number of removals and demolitions required to be carried out at each stage. The next deadline is October 2016. By then, 1,200 people need to be removed and their residences destroyed.”

Please continue reading and take the suggested actions:
https://freetibet.org/urgent-action-larung-gar-buddhist-academy  – includes a simple petition and other actions such as writing to your country’s Chinese embassy and your foreign minister. All details of how to do this are included in the above link.

If you have only time for the petition please at least sign this as soon as you can but please take the other actions if at all possible and share: http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3790

Regardless of what you think about religion, this is about freedom. The right to choose your own beliefs,  your own way of life,  your own culture and ideology. Its about a grave social injustice which the world has for the most part turned its back on.

Tibet is not a part of China, Tibet belongs to Tibetans. 

For the past fifty years the People of Tibet  have lived under Chinese oppression

“The situation is now so bad that the US-based Freedom House has ranked Tibet as the second least free country in the world, worse even than North Korea or Saudi Arabia, and ahead only of the bombed shell that is Syria.”

Please continue reading:
https://heatst.com/world/china-must-be-treated-as-a-pariah-until-it-frees-tibet/

Tragically there is little attention to Tibet Worldwide.

Why is Larung Gar Important

Why Larung Gar, the Buddhist institute in eastern Tibet, is important

Larung Buddhist Academy (also called Larung Gar) was closed to foreigners for almost a decade following the demolition of a thousand residences and eviction of numerous monks and nuns in 2001. Now, demolitions have begun once again, with as many as half its monastic residents facing eviction. What makes Larung Gar so important?

Please continue reading
http://www.lionsroar.com/why-larung-gar-the-buddhist-institute-in-estern-tibet-is-important/

Larung Gar: China ‘destroys buildings’ at Tibetan Buddhist academy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36863888

Larung Gar is said to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world but more importantly it is an important part of a culture, a religion and a way of life important to the Tibetan people. Freedom to do as one pleases in life unless it harms others is surely a human right. As an occupier of Tibet the Chinese it seems can do as they please with little opposition from western countries. Countries such as the USA and the UK which are only to quick to use oppression and human rights as a justification to invade other countries when it suits their own agenda while ignoring the plight of the Tibetan people because doing so interferes with relationships with China.

Other actions you can take for Tibet

http://freetibet.org/take-action

Tibet Know the facts

Since 1950 Tibet has been occupied by the Chinese while in the same space of time more than 100 other countries have achieved their freedom.

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More facts and information for you to share: http://freetibet.org/take-action/videos-graphics

More information

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/09/14/china-1000-evictions-tibetan-buddhist-centers

https://twitter.com/hashtag/LarungGar?src=hash

The Tale of Donald Trump Jr.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THE TAIL OF DONALD TRUMP JR.

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In the bullfighting, after a matador tortured and murdered a bull, he will mutilate the ears and tail of the animal as a trophies or spoils of war against innocent and unarmed creatures. Donald Trump Jr. has also awarded himself his tail when hunting elephants, one of the most endangered species.

When asked, Donald Trump said: “I’m proud of my sons.”
Elephants on the path to extinction [―with the support of Trump family―]

Something Postive :Prisoners Care For Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being
The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith

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In this world of turmoil, war, disease, greed and exploitation it can feel as though there is no one left who cares about other people or the other beings with whom we share this world. The focus of life seems to be the acquisition of wealth and power at the expense of one another, other animals and the environment. There are though many exceptions and often in the most unlikely places.

This is one of them.

Below is a heartwarming story with a positive outcome for both people and animals.

The so-called Sand Fire that burned for over a week near Los Angeles didn’t only threaten wildlife sanctuaries. Soon after the wildfire started on July 22, Mark and Lisa Tipton, owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America (DDRA), a non-profit organization that rescues, trains and rehomes hearing-impaired dogs, decided it was better to be safe than sorry. They evacuated the rescue ranch’s nearly 50 residents.

“It was no small feat to assemble crates, pack them into trucks and trailers, and load the dogs,” Lisa wrote on the DDRA Facebook page. “Backbreaking and stressful. We have wonderful paid kennel staff here which is why we were able to evacuate the dogs so smoothly. Nobody got bitten, no loose dogs, no drugs were used. They stayed with us in our time of need and they were rock stars.”

The Tiptons were eventually able to find a temporary home for the dogs at the California state prison in Lancaster, which invited them to bring the dogs there. Mark happens to operate the Karma Rescue Paws for Life dog-training program for the prison’s inmates. It is California’s first and only dog program in a high-security prison. Many of the participants are serving life sentences.

In this program, dogs rescued from high-kill shelters around Los Angeles County live full-time with the participating inmates.

Continue reading the complete article which includes a video:

Prisoners Care for Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire
http://www.care2.com/causes/prisoners-care-for-deaf-dogs-displaced-by-wildfire.html  Please do read the entire article and watch the video. This is a really positive story and shows that compassion exists in places you would least expect showing that for the most part there is good in everyone and people can change. The inmates morale was boosted by their role in the care of these displaced and disabled dogs and as a result of this scheme in just two years 75  dogs were saved from death and now have a forever home.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.
Sophocles

Cockroache Milk!!!! Whatever next?

This post includes a petition to sign concerning a related issue for a kit for children to experiment and mutilate live cockroaches to be withdrawn. Please scroll down to sign.

Just when you think you have heard it all something comes along which really shocks you on so many levels for just so many reasons.

According to a scientific journal, IUCrJ,  the milk from cockroaches might well be the next new superfood.

Frankly I am not in the least interested in superfoods or any other faddy diets for the over privileged while millions starve or the yuk factor – for want to a better word – regarding the drinking of milk from cockroaches.

What really concerns me is the misconception that we need milk to thrive, whether it be cockroach milk,cows milk, sheep’s milk or even buffaloes’ milk – apparently cockroach milk is better than buffalo’s milk – I had not realised that people drank the milk from a buffalo. What next, snakes milk.

Attention all those misinformed blind followers of dubious nutritional advice concerning milk please note the following: No one needs milk to thrive be it from cattle or insects or indeed any other creature. After weaning no animal requires milk and this is so for the human animal as it is for any other  animal. Furthermore no animal requires milk from an animal of another species.

What concerns me about this – and is more important than human stupidity in such matters –  is the continuous and it seems endless exploitation of any creature which exists.

In case you do not get it, in simple terms a cows’ milk is for her calf, a cockroaches’ milk is for baby cockroaches. While the thought of drinking milk from an insect makes you cringe in revulsion – an insect who rather like a rat is much despised simply for being what he is by his very nature –  consider the following.

What I find most revolting and sickening is the exploitation and killing of countless billions of these tiny sentient beings to provide a well fed and I would imagine a fairly affluent person with a food he or she does not need.

Sentient ? Indeed cockroaches are sentient creatures, here is what  a study by the Queen Mary University of London says about cockroach sentience

A new study by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London has found that cockroaches are social beings who “talk” to one another about food and prefer to dine in groups. When presented with two identical slices of bread, the roaches repeatedly gathered around the same slice, rather than splitting up. In an earlier study, researchers used computer simulations to show that, even with their tiny brains, insects have enough neural circuits to possess consciousness, and they may even be able to count. According to professor Lars Chittka, one of the researchers, “Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent.” If you’re not ready to roll out the welcome mat, though, here are a few simple steps to help you keep unwanted bugs at bay:

Continue reading:
http://www.peta.org/living/humane-home/kind-cockroaches/

The proposed exploitation of cockroaches in the way described above is by no means the only way these animals are exploited.

Take Action

Backyard Brains is selling a kit the purpose of which is for children to experiment and mutilate cockroaches

Roaches are sentient beings who exist for their own reasons, but Backyard Brains only sees them as a way to make money. The company sells live cockroaches and mutilation kits as cruel “science projects” for kids.

No matter what you think of cockroaches it is cruel and inhumane to mutilate them and moreover it is deeply unethical to teach children that it is okay to harm any creature.

Please send a message  to  Backyard Brains: Stop Mutilating Cockroaches!

Whether you like them or not, cockroaches are living, feeling animals—and it’s not OK to torment and mutilate them just because we can. These “experiments” teach kids the dangerous lesson that animals who aren’t soft and cuddly don’t deserve compassion.

Please, tell the cofounder of Backyard Brains to stop torturing roaches:
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/backyard-brains-mutilating-cockroaches/

Please everyone sign even if you do not like cockroaches as they have a right not to be militated and children do not need to be taught how to be cruel. Rather children need to learn to respect life, all life.

Read more here about Cockroach milk:

Cockroach Milk Might Be The Hot New Superfood, According To Science
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cockroach-milk-superfood_us_57976ba9e4b02d5d5ed2d8e9  –   If that annoying and totally revolting graphic of someone spitting out milk makes you nauseated I highly recommend scrolling past it.

I know a lot of people hate insects, in particular cockroaches. I am phobic about certain types of insects and arachnids however this does not prevent me from being concerned about their well-being or feeling sick inside regarding the mutilation of these helpless animals who just wish to live their lives as nature intended as does every creature that lives. Writing this article has produced a certain amount of what I will call phobic anxiety yet I feel strongly that this mutilation kit is profoundly wrong in so just many ways, it not only abuses the cockroaches but it is in my opinion a form of child abuse. We need a kinder gentler world and this will never happen if we teach our children that it is okay to inflict harm on any living being. Frankly the thought of this cruelty disturbs me greatly.

More information

Cockcroaches
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/dealing-household-guests/cockroaches/

Be Kind to Cockroaches

Simple steps to keep cockroaches at bay with out deliberately harming them

http://www.peta.org/living/humane-home/kind-cockroaches/

Please help the Free Tibet Campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

Below is a message from the Free Tibet society concerning China’s plans to appoint the next Dalai Lama. It was inevitable that China would take this step in its campaign to subjugate the Tibetan people. Please read the following information and sign the petition and share widely. We must not allow this to happen, the nations of the world must not accept China’s interference in the religious beliefs of the Tibetan people, an obvious manipulation by the Chinese government to strengthen its power in Tibet.

Take Action

Please sign a simple petition:

SAY NO TO A DALAI LAMA CHOSEN BY CHINA

CALL ON INTERNATIONAL BODIES TO REJECT CHINA’S INTERFERENCE IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM

http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3487?mc_cid=3f204f3800&mc_eid=3268776531

This campaign has been around a few months but is still on-going so please do sign the petition and share.

China sees the present Dalai Lama as a threat because of the support and reverence shown to him by Tibetans and also his popularity world-wide. The Chinese government’s claim that it is only they who can select the new Dalai Lama is erroneous and manipulative. Who would believe such an obvious deception is difficult to imagine but like everything else in time people would accept this in much the same way as many of the nations of the world accept that Tibet is part of China. The choosing of the Dalai Lama is a religious matter not a secular one. According to the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lamas are a succession of reincarnations only identified some years after their death by certain appointed religious authorities through meditation, divination, written instruction, examination ( the reincarnation reliably recounting his previous life and speaking about it; identifying possessions belonging to the predecessor and recognizing people who had been close to him) and other religious practices . In other words the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of the previous one. Therefore the Dalai Lama is not chosen but rather he is found.  Considering this the Chinese government has no legitimate authority in the context of Tibetan Buddhism than for example the Italian government or any other has to choose the Pope.

For more information from Free Tibet concerning this campaign please continue reading.

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“This week (May ) saw the 21st anniversary of the notorious abduction by China of Ghedun Choekyi Nyima, the six-year-old boy who had been chosen as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior figures. Within months of his disappearance, China had appointed its own Panchen Lama, the son of Communist Party officials.

For China today, persecuting monks and nuns and exercising suffocating control over every aspect of religious life in Tibet is not enough: now it plans to appoint its own puppet Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies.

Free Tibet is launching a major new campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

The selection of the Dalai Lama is of the deepest importance to Tibetans and a fundamental issue of religious freedom. They will reject a Dalai Lama forced on them by the Chinese government. Please, sign our petition calling on religious authorities and governments to support the Tibetan people and publicly declare that they will not recognise any Dalai Lama appointed by Beijing.

Please sign the petition

http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3487?mc_cid=3f204f3800&mc_eid=3268776531

For more on our Beyond Belief campaign see our news story here. For more information on China’s control of religion in Tibet see our website.”

“When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.”

Reincarnation
The Dalai Lama

Continue reading:
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/statement-of-his-holiness-the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-tenzin-gyatso-on-the-issue-of-his-reincarnation

The paragraph above appears at the end of the above article.

Below is a recent example of the suppression of the Tibetan people concerning religious matters

MONK IN NGABA ARRESTED FOR SOLO PROTEST

Lobsang Tsering’s protest captured on film shortly before his arrest off camera

“A Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsering, was arrested after carrying out a solo protest in Ngaba County,eastern Tibet yesterday. The protest took place at around 4pm local time in Lhade Ghabma, a community near to Kirti Monastery.”

Continue reading

http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/video-monk-ngaba-carries-out-solo-protest?utm_source=Free+Tibet+email+updates&utm_campaign=228d9d87f7-News_Update_Monks_6_10_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b3b75e260-228d9d87f7-39174405&mc_cid=228d9d87f7&mc_eid=3268776531

As you will read in the above article one monk was given an eighteen year prison sentence for allegedly being caught with images and recordings of the Dalai Lama!!!!

DEMOLITIONS BEGIN AT LARUNG GAR

And in Ngaba a mother of two is arrested after a solo protest

“Demolition work has begun at Larung Gar, the largest centre of Buddhist teaching in Tibet. The demolitions are part of a plan announced last month to dramatically scale down the size and population of the academy and monastery, which is located in Sertar County in Kardze, eastern Tibet.”

Continue reading
http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/demolitions-begin-larung-gar?mc_cid=e5d205c329&mc_eid=3268776531

Brian May: Animal Rights Activism’s Hero

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

The English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist BRIAN HAROLD MAY, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, is one the world’s best guitarists, he’s written some of the most memorable rock anthems of all time, and his band Queen is a global phenomenon. He’s also an animal rights advocate who, along with Anne Brummer, founded “Save Me” in 2010, an animal welfare organisation that campaigns against fox hunting and badger culling.

“Someone asked me recently what I wanted to be remembered for,” May wrote. “We Will Rock You? Playing atop Buckingham Palace? You? Playing atop Buckingham Palace? I said, given the choice, I’d rather be remembered for hastening the end of cruelty to animals and sowing the seeds for true respect in the way we treat all creatures.”

Be sure, Brian May, animal rights activists will remember you with profound gratitude. And don’t worry, too much love from them won’t kill you.

BRIAN MAY Website
http://www.brianmay.com/

BRIAN MAY on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BrianMayCom/?fref=ts

BRIAN MAY on Twitter
https://twitter.com/BrianMayCom

SAVE ME TRUST
http://www.save-me.org.uk/

Brian May: “In my world, animal welfare would be above politics”
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/regulars/brian-may-in-my-world-animal-welfare-would-be-above-politics-fox-hunting-ban

Brian May: Me and my animal passions
https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2012/sep/29/brian-may-me-and-animal-passions

Dr. Brian May (‘Queen’ Guitarist) Tells Why He Has to Speak for the Animals
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-queen.html

Rock star Brian May honoured for animal charity work
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/queen-rock-star-brian-honoured-7296708