A thought for Homeless Children

Prior to Christmas the following petition asked people to make a pledge to pause on Christmas day and give a thought to children who will be homeless.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/424/391/149/ So far there are 8,000 signatures

While this is a nice gesture, I think more needs to be done than simply thinking about this outrageous situation which has no place in any civilised ethically progressive country.

I doubt if Cameron or his cohorts who have done much to make people homeless gave these children even a passing thought as they gorged themselves on fine food and expensive drink and other luxuries in their centrally heated homes with many spare rooms.

While many people spent Christmas in unheated homes, sometimes not even able to afford the gas or electricity to heat the food they have had donated from their local food back, these callous arrogant politicians no doubt enjoyed the festive season to its fullest and self indulgent extent content with their 11 percent rise while many people face increasing poverty, deprivation and homelessness as a result of low wages, unemployment, savage cuts in benefits and prices rises including huge hikes in energy tariffs. Cameron and Milliband both publically decry the rise in pay but say that they have to accept it nonetheless, yet overlook the obvious solution of giving it to charity as does the president of Uruguay who has donated 90 percent of his wage to charity while living in very modest accommodation as you an see in the following video interviews:

Talk to Al Jazeera : Jose Mujica: ‘I earn more than I need’

 

If you do not have time to watch the above video please watch:  Uruguay’s Jose Mujica, the poorest president in the world, BBC News

 

And this article:Jose Mujica, President Of Uruguay, Donates 90 Percent Of Salary To Charity

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/jose-mujica-charity_n_2145089.html

What a wonderful man if only our prime minister and MPs where so noble, so thoughtful, so ethical, so decent and compassionate. Sadly greed rules their lives and they care nothing for the people whose lives their polices have destroyed .

Did you know that in this so called developed country Thousands of families had to rely on emergency food handouts this Christmas.

Read:

Twenty things you need to know about food hunger in the UK

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-bank-debate-jack-monroes-2937649

The debacle in the house of commons recently was a disgrace, when Duncan Smith sneaked out after smirking through Ester Mcveys speech during the Labour Party’s Opposition Day debate to discuss the dramatic rise of food bank use and the increase in hunger in the UK.

Hear the tirade of perverse justification by this despicable women – apparently we have all got to suffer for the financial crisis:

In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tuff we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt which spiralled out of control under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure we pay back all our debt which happened under them.”

Esther Mcvey quoted in the Independent:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-leaves-commons-debate-on-food-banks-early-9013917.html

All but these greedy callous self-serving MPs . An eleven percent rise is hardly suffering is it.

 

View McVey’s speech during the food bank debate labelled by Labour’s Sir Gerald Kaufman as the nastiest he had heard in his 43 years as an MP .

 

This Christmas, around 60,000 people in Britain faced going hungry and will continue to go hungry in the New year and every following year with more and more people suffering poverty and destitution in the sixth richest country.

Please sign the following petition if nothing else you can make some suitable comments concerning this particularly evil injustice

Here is one signatory’s comment:

Given many good hardworking people in this country are impoverished and struggling, given your decimation of the benefits system and the NHS, given your failure to control fuel profiteering, given your blatant criminal behaviour re expenses and your attempts to control a free press for your own benefits – my polite response to your plan to give 11% pay rises to yourselves is: it is immoral and disgusting.

David Cameron: Stop the 11% pay rise for MPs’ salaries:  stop the MP pay rise
I very much doubt that Cameron will gave a thought on Christmas day for the lives of those he has destroyed for the suffering and misery deprivation.

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle said

“It’s a scandal which is getting worse and the Government now has the humiliation of the Red Cross helping to collect and distribute food aid in Britain for the first time since the Second World War.”

Why not write to Cameron let him know what you think about this injustice. Perhaps you could suggest he follows the example of the president of Uruguay and gives his 11 percent rise to charity.

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

E-mail Form: https://email.number10.gov.uk/contact.aspx

Write also to your MP and make the same suggestion:

http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

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The Nightmare Before Christmas – At least for the Turkeys

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on.”
Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.

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Turkeys are gentle creatures known for their resourcefulness and agility, Benjamin Franklin called the Turkey “a bird of courage” he thought the Turkey truly deserved to be the national bird of the USA instead of the Bald Engle.
Christmas may be an enjoyable time for millions worldwide but for many animals Christmas is the cause of appalling cruelty.

In the USA around 20 million turkeys are slaughtered at Christmas time, here in the UK about a third of the 20 million turkeys killed each year are slaughtered for Christmas dinner. In the USA a further 45 million are massacred to celebrate Thanksgiving.

“All creatures are deserving of a life free from fear and pain” 
Maura Cummings

A turkey is not here to provide a meal at Christmas, a turkey is a thinking feeling being with a life of his own. A turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient. Did you know turkeys enjoy listening to music and will sing along with it, they enjoy having their feathers stroked and like all creatures they enjoy their freedom and wish to live. Turkeys can run up to 18 miles per hour. In the wild they can fly at speeds of 55 miles per hour. Yet while being reared for food they will spend their lives in dreadful conditions in factory farms cramped in filthy windowless sheds never seeing the light of day, never flying or running, not even walking – how can they with only 3.5 square inchs of space. Fed hormones in order that they grow as quickly as possible in the shortest space of time they become crippled by their own weight. After this misery of an existence they are killed at about 5 months old to celebrate the birth of a person whom many believe to be a man of peace. Though not as obvious as the ritualistic slaughter in various religions world-wide it is slaughter nonetheless to commemorate a religious festival.

Turkeys crammed together in factory farm

As factory-farmed turkeys rapidly grow, they run out of space to move and they are forced to wallow in their own excrement.

Read more about what happens to these gentle birds as they are reduced to nothing more than commodities in a production line:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/#ixzz2nnojg6cT – Watch the video if you can. Again this video is hard to view, even listening to the audio turns my stomach because of the callous cruelty committed towards these defences creatures.

The fact that we share this world with people who commit such heinous deeds of cruelty towards defenceless creatures is sickening. The thought that people we associate with every day in the course of our lives may go out each morning and perpetrate  such inhumanity towards helpless animals is disturbing. The video shows deliberate cruelty. Factory farms and slaughter houses attract the perverted and sick members of our society who derive pleasure from harming a defenceless animal. While animal welfare regulations may be in place in some countries  such as here in the UK does not mean that Turkeys do not suffer.

To my mind death itself is inhumane as are the conditions in any factory farm however supposedly good the
so-called welfare regulations . Such as the following most recent case, Turkey Torture: Butterball Workers Found Guilty of Cruelty to Animals:

“The hidden-camera video footage that led to the arrests and convictions revealed Butterball workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks. This was all carried out in full view of Butterball company management.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-runkle/turkey-torture-butterball-guilty_b_2768272.html

Another harrowing film , just so heart breaking. Wicked cruel people not fit to be called human treating these beautiful sensitive creatures like so much garbage.

Two cases here in the UK in recent years:

Thousands of turkeys destined for dinner tables across the UK have been discovered in “appalling” conditions during a recent undercover investigation. Many birds filmed by vegetarian campaigning group Viva! had leg deformities and injuries, with some birds demonstrating difficulty walking.

  http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/media-centre/media-releases/freedom-foods-turkeys-covered-blood

A Viva! Campaigner describes her experience visiting turkey farms in Norfolk.

Late one night in November 2002, I drove to Norfolk with Louise Port of GMTV, who was joining our investigation into Christmas turkeys. The quiet country roads around Bernard Matthews’ complex at Weston Longville, were deserted. We parked and made our way through a thicket of trees to a long, windlowless barn that stretched away into the darkness. I could only see the one but was aware that this huge site contains somewhere between 40 and 80 sheds.

Read More: http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/turkeys/stuffed-terrible-truth-about-turkeys

“Very few animals go through the stresses of poults [baby turkeys] in their first three hours of life. They are squeezed for sexing, thrown down a slide onto a treadmill, someone picks them up and pulls the snood off their heads, clips three toes off each foot, debeaks them, puts them on another conveyer belt that delivers them to another carousel where they get a power injection, usually of an antibiotic, that whacks them in the back of their necks. Essentially, they have been through major surgery. They have been traumatized. They don’t look very good. . . .”

Dr. William E. Donaldson, North Carolina State University

A very succinct and accurate description of the atrocities of factory farming as it relates to turkeys and all that takes place within the first three hours of their tormented lives!

Read more about the nightmare of factory farming
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_rights-%20Poulty.htm#Turkeys_

 
Read More about Turkey intelligence
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20poultry%20turkeys.htm

 
It was the massacre at Christmas that first influenced me to become vegetarian and eventually vegan. You can read my story on my website here:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Our-Story.htm

 
Action you can take
The easiest action and most immediate is to stop eating turkeys for Christmas or the flesh of any other living being: duck, geese, chickens, swans, even deer are all killed for Christmas.

You can find some tasty vegan Christmas recipes by clicking the links below:
http://vegetarianrecipeclub.org.uk/christmas

From Animals Australia – a selection of tasty Christmas recipes
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/pardon-a-pig/festive-recipes.php
My family and I are having the Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and Onion Stuffing at Christmas

Send for Animal Aids FREE Christmas Without Cruelty pack  http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/ACTIVE/action/ALL/1133// – Please send for this even though it may be a little late this year you will be well prepared for every other Christmas to come.

Stop eating animals all year round. It is not only turkeys and other poultry that suffer in factory farms, pigs, cattle and sheep all suffer horrendous cruelty to provide us with a food that is not natural and is brought to you as a result of enormous suffering:

Order a free Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit. For people living in Germany, UK, Canada, India, Ireland and USA http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376 – Scroll to the bottom of the page for our international Peta websites where similar forms may be found.

You can also download a PDF file from PETA USA
Send for your free Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit! – USA;
http://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegetarian-starter-kit/ will also send to just about any country in the world

Watch the PETA Cartoon and sigh up for Christmas recipes PETA cartoon Video – though it is a cartoon this is nonetheless disturbing: http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=24340 -Scroll down to sign up for holiday/Christmas recipes.Get into the Christmas spirit by making sure that no animals are harmed for your food. Sign up to receive recipes and tips for enjoying delicious, guilt-free foods during the holidays and beyond.

More Information about going vegan
http://veganeasy.org/  – Sign up to the Vegan Easy Challenge and make the move towards compassionate, healthy and eco-friendly living!

Read about a happy end for two lucky turkeys’ Milly and Margo: Two Turkeys Who Aren’t “Too Old” for the Good Life:

Milly and Margo were not slated to join the more than 46 million turkeys slaughtered for Thanksgiving each year in the United States, but the autumn chill still brought with it a grim fate for their small flock. Milly and Margo were to be killed merely for being “too old.” Thanks to a kind friend, however, they now have many years left to enjoy.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/the-sanctuaries/rescued-animals/2013-rescues/milly-and-margo-two-turkeys-who-arent-too-old-for-the-good-life/

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
— Albert Einstein

Credits photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/farmsanctuary1/2808680555/in/photostream/ click this link to view more photographs of shocking conditions in factory farms

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/7128813093/in/photolist

Related Links
Vegetarians International
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/go-veggie-christmas/stand-turkeys
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/campaigns/living/all/563/

End the Torture of Sheep

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”
Mahatma Gandhi

With every passing day it seems as though the atrocities perpetrated towards animals never ceases and becomes increasingly ever more shocking.

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Before continuing please take the time to sign the following Care2 petition:
“Protest and Demand a Stop to Animal Torture Like These Sheep in Disturbing Video

“Please sign and share this petition to stop animal torture and cruelty, not only in Jordan but other countries nationwide!! When I saw this video of the torture performed on these poor sheep, I cannot stop hyperventilating. OMG!!! They are tortured, beaten severely and throats slashed; then left to suffer and die while these demons look on.”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/600/632/804/protest-and-demand-a-stop-to-animal-torture-like-these-sheep-in-disturbing-video/

There is more action you can take further down to end this inhumane treatment not only of sheep but cattle also.
Please continue reading and watch the video if you have not already done so. The video has been released by Animals Australia and shows shocking footage of sheep being cruelly treated during the  Eid festival in October. Animals Australia says the footage was taken in Jordan and highlights the contravention of new rules designed to protect Australian-reared animals from unnecessary cruelty.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/31/animal-cruelty-live-export-video

Please watch with caution, this video is heartbreaking and I could not watch it all. I have to ask myself what kind of people treat a gentle sentient creature in such a way. What kind of parents allow their child to throw a stone at a dying suffering animal? What kind of monster will that child grow up to be? What kind of a society allows its people to treat another living being so cruelly? What sort of country allows animals to be shipped thousands of miles to suffer such brutality. What does this behaviour say about these countries. Ghandi once said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

Transporting sheep is in itself an abuse as sheep suffer terribly during transportation. The Australian Government can stop this hideous cruelty to sheep by ceasing to transport them to countries like Jordon or anywhere else for that matter. Sheep are sentient beings, they are aware of what is happening to them, and without a doubt they suffer pain as you and I. Like us they feel fear and wish to live. This behaviour is not acceptable for a country that would consider itself to be  ethically progressive.  Australia is as guilty as Jordon in this matter.

Tell The Australian government to stop the transportation of sheep

Every year, millions of Australian sheep are crammed onto multilevel, open-decked ships bound for ports in the Middle East and North Africa. When they arrive, they are dragged to shore as if they were sacks of coal, and their throats are cut while they are still conscious.

PETA US and Animals Australia have recently released the results of a joint undercover investigation that exposed unspeakable cruelty in the live-export trade. The horrors revealed in the investigation show the real-life experience of thousands upon thousands of sheep.

No animal should ever suffer the hellish conditions of the live-export trade or the terror of cruel slaughter methods.

Take action below by contacting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and asking him to put an end to this horrific practice today.
There is a template letter. Please personalise, add your own thoughts, but if this is not possible please just send as it is
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=4690&c=pukfpaa

Please consider writing a postal  letter which is often more effective. You can use the template as a guide.

The Hon Toney Abbott’s contact details
Parliament Office
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=EZ5

You can use an on-line form
http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Please also write to Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce:

Click the link below to send an e-mail. Again please personalise if you can.

http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=8801

You can also use as a template to send a postal letter

Hon Barnaby Joyce
Parliament Office
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

More ways to contact Barnaby Joyce:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=e5d
Please do the best you can.

More From Animals Australia.
This page includes more information including the full length footage of the above film if you can stomach the brutality of what is supposed to be a religious festival.
http://www.banliveexport.com/features/sheep-suffer-in-street-slaughter.php

Also see

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/investigation-appeal/

Jordon is not alone in allowing such ill-treatment of animals, Israel also is responsible for the inhumane treatment of animals shipped to them by Australia.

Cruel treatment of Sheep In Israel

New footage has revealed Australian animals being punched, kicked, hit and thrown while being unloaded from two livestock vessels in Israel

http://www.banliveexport.com/take_action/disembarkation-cruelty

Cruel Treatment of bulls in Mauritius
http://www.banliveexport.com/beyondwords

Cruel Treatment of Australian sheep in Kwait Market
http://www.banliveexport.com/take_action/kuwait-sheep-sold-illegally/

After reading the above I am appalled. Toney Abbott says live export “is a good industry”. It might be good for those who make a profit but for the unfortunate animals who suffer this hideous cruelty it is anything but.

The best action and outcome of course would be the end of animal exploitation for food, clothing and entertainment – certainly for barbaric misplaced religious festivals which bear no resemblance to the spirit of the religions concerned. It appears to me that in all societies the world over those who get pleasure from harming defenceless creatures find outlets to do so and sadly religious festivals provide such an opportunity. Another excuse for appalling barbarism is the four-yearly massacre of hundreds of animals in Nepal for the Gadhimai Jatra festival:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm Also – http://www.stopanimalsacrifice.org/

 

Within the tenets of Islam are found strong support and guidelines for the protection and compassionate treatment of animals. Here is an example emphasising the importance of treating animals in the same way as one would treat a human being:

“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

The people of Jordon who carry out such cruelty to any sentient creature might want to heed the words of the Prophet Muhammad.

The ideal situation would be a vegan world where no one sends animals thousands of miles away to suffer horrific death at the hands of sadistic monsters who do not respect the creatures they believe their God created, and who show no compassion that their respective religions teach.

Please do no feel complacent as here in the west we have our own brutal massacre – Turkeys at Christmas time. While there are laws to prevent unnecessary cruelty it does not mean that such brutality does not happen.An abattoir I can well imagine provides an outlet for those in our society who derive pleasures from harming animals.

As anyone who has ever visited my website http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/ knows I have a soft spot for sheep. They are such gentle and intelligent creatures…yes intelligent. Did you know that sheep are able to recognise up to fifty different faces for up to two years! Here are some of the attributes of sheep often overlooked in order for greedy profiteering agricultural businesses to exploit them:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm



Gentleness and intelligence aside sheep are sentient beings, they feel pain and suffer as we do. Sheep like us are mammals they have a brain and a nervous system so of course they suffer.

Please take all or some of the actions above  help to stop sheep and cattle being sent to Jordon and elsewhere to suffer horrendous cruelty.

Related Links

Be sure to visit Animals Australia for more actions to take to help animals
http://www.banliveexport.com/

Important

There has been an update of retailer contact details  to Please Help Rabbits Tortured for Angora

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/please-help-rabbits-tortured-for-angora/?relatedposts_exclude=1401

This Christmas 80,000 Children Face Homelessness

‘Home is a sanctuary for me and the place where I can relax. Everyone should have the right to a safe and secure home.’ 
Corinne Bailey Rae

Eighty Thousand Children are Homeless this Christmas in the UK

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Before you read anything else please make sure you sign the urgent petition http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_involved/wake_up_cameron?source=Homepage  The same petition can be found on care2’s website http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/743/982/735/ International visitors may sign also.

Also see Shelter’s Campaign

http://england.shelter.org.uk/

Would Cameron want his children to wake in a cold cheerless hostel Christmas morning? Of course not. Than why should any other child wake to Christmas in such deprivation?

It is hard to believe that here in the UK 80,000 children will be homeless at Christmas time and of course after.

While Cameron and others like him wake to Christmas morning in a warm centrally heated home to a luxury breakfast prepared for them while he and his over privileged family open expensive Christmas presents many less fortunate families will wake to Christmas in a cold depressing hostel. No Child should wake to such deprivation anywhere in the world let alone in the sixth richest nation.

In a just and fair society no one should go without the essentials of food, shelter ,clothing and warmth, the fact children do so in the UK, in the sixth richest country in the world, is a disgrace. This situation has to stop.  Cuts to welfare and the bedroom tax have plunged people into poverty. As have rising rents, soaring bills such as energy and food, and unemployment. While many live in luxury with wealth far in excess of need, including greedy self-serving MPs who have been granted a pay rise of 11 percent,  more and more people in the UK sink further and further into poverty. Keep in mind that MPs’ present pay rise alone is far more than many people have to live on.

While most people struggle on low wages, insignificant pay raises or no rises and even wage cuts and drastic cuts to benefits including sanctions these greedy MPs and the rich, whose wealth has in fact increased, have been insulated against the so called financial crisis that has devastated so many lives.

Time to demand better from our government, time to demand they take action against poverty. The greatest problem is that for the most part it is the government who have plunged people into poverty and deprivation on a scale unimaginable as a result of austerity measures, including vicious welfare reforms.

This government need to do something now to rectify this disgusting situation. The government of the UK need to do more to provide affordable homes where each child and indeed each person can live full and meaningful lives and feel safe and secure. Scrapping the bedroom tax would be a good step in the right direction as would ensuring employers pay each person a living wage: last year nearly two million children lived in households where their parents or guardians earned less than the living wage

http://blogs.savethechildren.org.uk/2013/11/nearly-two-million-uk-children-live-in-below-living-wage-households/

More Action you can Take

While charities do a marvellous job the onus is on the government to do something about poverty and homelessness, rather than adding to the situation the government should make the relief of poverty and homelessness a priority. Abolishing the bedroom tax would be a good start as will building affordable homes, more social housing and  introducing a living wage and abolishing the present vicious welfare reforms that have added nothing but misery poverty and homelessness to lives already blighted by illness and disability. The sad thing is that many ill-informed people here in the UK have swallowed the poisonous rhetoric that has been spewed out by the government against benefit claimants willingly disseminated by most of the media. These ignorant bigoted people should keep in mind that the recently implemented horrendous welfare reforms affect children also, destroying young lives.   No only should no one in the UK go without adequate shelter, food, warmth and clothing, but the fact that they while few speak out about this is a disgrace. 

Demand change

Please write to David Cameron and your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Other Charities and campaigns that help homeless children and young people

Centre Point
http://www.centrepoint.org.uk/ – Christmas appeal http://www.centrepointchristmas.org.uk/

Save the Children
While normally considered by many as a charity that helps children in developing countries Save the Children now also campaign to improve the lives of impoverished children right here in the UK
http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/uk-child-poverty

Related Links

Speaking of her son Teddy a homeless mother living in a B&B says:

“It’s so hard to give him a balanced diet as it’s impossible to make proper meals here, let alone a Christmas dinner.

“He’s getting really pale and is so tired all the time. He gets so scared but it’s difficult when I’m scared myself. This is no place for a child to live. We’re desperately hoping we won’t be here for Christmas.”

Her son, Teddy, said: “Sometimes it’s scary. There’s no room to play here and I miss having my friends over.”


Read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-homeless-shame-80000-children-2674018

According the Save the Children: Britain remains one of the least fair countries in the developed world. Grow up in the UK today and your opportunities and chances in life can be largely determined by the time you’re seven – not because of your own ability or efforts but because of the economic circumstances you are born into.

Read More

http://blogs.savethechildren.org.uk/2013/10/uk-its-time-to-change-the-story-for-our-poorest-children/

 

Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to equality, peace, and human rights, he has inspired many people to fight for a better world.

1990 South Africa
People the world over have been in some way touched by Nelson Mandela’s courage and determination and his ability to forgive. He truly believed that we can have a just and fair society. We can best honour his dream by working towards a fair world for everyone, a world where no one dies of hunger and deprivation, were no one is oppressed and where everyone is equal.

Nelson Mandela once Said:
‘Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’

Scroll further to take action against hunger, sign a pledge , leave condolences on-line and listen to his inauguration speech

As a tribute to Nelson Mandela I would like to honour his memory by sharing his words:

The first quotation is so appropriate for the situation today that faces us all world-wide:
Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
Nelson Mandela talking about death, in an interview for the Academy award-nominated 1996 documentary Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

“No one in my family had ever attended school […] On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name I have no idea.”
Mandela, 1994.
Nelson Mandela is deeply respected within South Africa, as of course he is the world over, in South Africa he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.
http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/names

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”.

After Madiba retired from politics he said, “There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

On his opposition to apartheid:
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” –
 Statement at the opening of his defence in the Rivonia treason trial, April 20, 1964.

Read more quotes: http://www.smh.com.au/world/nelson-mandela-quotes-12-of-his-most-famous-statements-20131206-hv4nl.html#ixzz2mgzRpdhu

Listen to his inauguration speech, delivered on May 10, 1994, available  in its entirety by clicking the link below.
Timeless Wisdom from the Late Nelson Mandela
http://www.dailygood.org/story/617/timeless-wisdom-from-the-late-nelson-mandela-maria-popova/

Action you can take

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Photo from One Org http://www.one.org/mandela/

Be part of the generation that ends extreme poverty.
GO TO ONE.ORG Act now and join the fight against extreme poverty by clicking the link below

http://www.one.org/international/blog/category/people/nelson-mandela/

Leave Your thoughts about Nelson Mandela Here:
“Nelson Mandela leaves a legacy of equality, democracy and education. It is incredibly important that all of us take his passing not as an end of an age, but as a renewed determination to carry on his work every day. Care2 member Sharon Gelman has created a page on Care2 as a place for us all to come together and share our memories, thoughts, and hopes.”
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/902/069/598/?z00m=20681404

Send a message of condolence
http://www.nelsonmandela.org/ Scroll down to send a message of condolence which will be handed to Nelson Mandela’s family

Click the link below to sign a pledge

“To world leaders, the United Nations and fellow citizens:
We have lost a great inspiration, but Mandela’s message of hope and public service lives within all of us. The United Nations has already declared Mandela’s birthday to be an international day of public service. We pledge to honour his legacy, and call on you to make Mandela Day the first ever universally-observed global public day, where citizens in every country are encouraged to come together in shared commitment and service.”

And to write a message of gratitude, it will be added to the
wall outside Nelson Mandela’s house

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/honour_mandela_4/?bMsmGdb&v=32323

Related Links
http://archives.nelsonmandela.org/home

Sharon Gelman’s a blog post about her memories of Nelson Mandela.
http://www.care2.com/causes/do-you-remember-me-its-me-nelson-memories-of-nelson-mandela.html

http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=0a5bab17-b79b-480b-a858-f8f95277c6d1

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Willow, a one day old baby Giraffe with its mother.
Picture credit: Ralph Daily

I had no intention of writing today, but coming upon this story and the petition that accompanied it, changed that in a heartbeat.

For as long as I can remember, the Giraffe has been the object of my affection and admiration.

There is something so regal, so fragile, so graceful, so endearing about them, how could you not love them.

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This is just so shocking, is there no end to the atrocities inflicted on the other creatures with whom we share this world. I am horrified , as most decent people world-wide will be to learn about this the latest in the never ending abuse of animals. I hope that everyone who cares about animals will sign this petition and write to the African government officials concerned. Giraffes must be protected from people who sadly have no sense of right and wrong, have no moral code and do not care for animals who have as much right to live as we do. What is wrong with people like this who derive pleasure from shooting such a gentle and beautiful creature or indeed any creature. There has to be something seriously wrong with their mentality. I wonder what a psychological assessment would reveal. The thought that people get some sick pleasure from this appalls me in the extreme. To add further to the shock factor is the photograph included with the petition which shows a little girl among the hunters proudly displaying their heinous deed. Sad that such corruption of a child’s ethical values is allowed encouraged and condoned. Our world is a sad place of increasing abuse meted out to defenceless animals. With a fee of $3,800 to go and shoot giraffes, once again it is all about money for which it seems people are willing to allow the most horrendous of deeds. I have just noticed in the background two older children. The whole things looks like some bizarrely sick family trip out. Shocking, just appalling there are just no words adequate to describe how awful,  how disgusting and unethical this is on just of many levels.

Cameron Turns his Back on Tibet and Human Rights Violations

Cameron and an hundred strong delegation are in China with the intention of increasing trade links with this totalitarian regime responsible for grave violations of human rights.

Cameron plans for a EU-China free trade agreement. According to Cameron:

“… there is no country in the western world more open to Chinese investment, more able to meet the demands of Chinese consumers, or more willing to make the case for economic openness in the G8, the G20 and the European Union. And there is no country more ready to forge a dialogue of mutual respect and understanding that can address issues of concern and advance our shared interests in the world.”

I might add that there is no country more willing to turn a blind eye to China’s human rights violations than the UK.

Most people consider that human rights are more important than trade relations – 70 per cent in fact according to an ICM poll commissioned by the Charity Free Tibet. On Friday a representative of  Free Tibet delivered 10,000 signatures to Downing Street which included those who signed a Free Tibet petition to Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as those who signed postcards calling on the Prime Minister to speak up for Tibet.

This week Cameron is meeting President Xi Jinping not to support freedom for Tibet because Cameron does not give a dam about Tibet or the gross violations of human rights, the killings, the torture, the imprisonment, the genocide and destruction of an entire culture.

Cameron values trade more than human rights and is willing to overlook the atrocities that occur in Tibet and indeed China for the sake of investment. As usual Cameron ignores the wishes of the public and does what he pleases again for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many.
http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/cameron-should-speak-tibet-says-uk-public

Free Tibet Director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said:

“George Osborne may not have stood up for human rights and Tibet during his recent visit, but it’s absolutely clear that the British public expect Mr Cameron to do better. He was willing to raise human rights in Sri Lanka just days ago and he needs to show that Britain’s principles are not dependent on the wealth of his host. It’s clear from this poll that only a handful of British people believe trade with China is more important than human rights in Tibet and that they expect Mr Cameron to act like a statesman, not a salesman.

“The Chinese government thinks that a combination of money and threats can ensure the silence of UK politicians. Mr Cameron needs to respect the views of the British people and prove that wrong.

The results of this poll are his mandate to show China, the world and the people of Britain that his government is willing to stand up for justice and human rights in Tibet.”

http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/uk-public-cameron-should-raise-tibet-china-visit

Since the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950 1 million Tibetans have died and more deaths are added to this toll daily, this is more than the atomic bombs that killed 200,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the 800,000 who died in the Rwandan genocide.

To subjugate the Tibetan people the Chinese use the most hideous methods of torture imaginable. Such barbaric methods are used for very minor infringements of unjust laws such as displaying the flag of Tibet, sending an email to a foreign country and for saying the phrase “human rights” :
http://www.freetibet.org/about/facts-about-tibet

Calling for independence is a crime in Tibet as is having a photograph of the Dalai Lama.

The occupation of Tibet by the totalitarian Chinese government has resulted in the repression and the torture of more than the three million Tibetan people.
Here is information about how the Chinese react to protests
http://www.freetibet.org/about/tibets-resistance/protest-latest

Please watch and share the following video from Free Tibet’s Campaign

“Kerry gets way more than she bargained for when she shows off her new bag.

This is what Tibetans face every day under China’s occupation. You wouldn’t let it happen here. Don’t let it happen there.”

Today I received the following e-mail concerning the above video, please read and share this information. By so doing you are helping to make people more aware of the plight of the people of Tibet.

“A few months ago we set out to create a short film which would show the world just what the reality of life is like in Tibet.

Of course, all foreign media is banned from Tibet and it’s extremely difficult to obtain footage of how Chinese forces oppress the Tibetan people for doing simple things that you and I take for granted.

So we made a one-minute video which imagined what our lives would be like if we had to live under the same brutality.

And it’s a hit! Nearly 14,000 views in just 10 days.

We’d love if you could help us continue the momentum by watching the video (careful, there’s an unexpected twist). Then please forward this email to your friends or ask them to visit our video webpage. “

Please Share on Facebook and Twitter if you have not already done so by clicking the following link

http://www.freetibet.org/get-involved/ultimate-fashion-victim?utm_source=General%20signups&utm_campaign=c328aaeeda-Ultimate_Fashion_Victim_Stale_opens_11_25_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b3b75e260-c328aaeeda-39174405

If you are not certain about what is happening in Tibet Watch this powerful and very disturbing documentary. I found it difficult to watch in the extreme but please watch  if you can. The people of Tibet need your support.

About the video:
Published on May 26, 2013

Tibet Situation : Critical – Full Documentary by Jason Lansdell, is an extensive look at the current situation in Tibet and for Tibetans in exile. It covers the history of Tibet, before and after the Chinese invasion. The clips in this film are from a wide range of documentaries and news organisations, as well as never before seen footage. The main focus and theme of Tibet Situation : Critical is to show the brutality of the Chinese Government against the Tibetan people, as well as an end segment explaining how you can help. . .

How can people treat others so cruelly? How can the British government stand by and allow such atrocities to happen in the name of self interest and the insatiable greed of the few?

The world can no longer stand by and watch such abuse of human rights and do nothing while millions suffer.

Though the UK Claims to urge China to adhere to human rights the UK does not support Tibetan independence.

The Tibetan people are so desperate that they take drastic action such as self immolation, yet the world does not listen and most certainly the Chinese will not.

We need to increase awareness of the plight of Tibetans under the tyranny of the Chinese government. I emphasise the Chinese government as it is important to make the distinction: China controls news of what happens in Tibet few Chinese people know the true situation in Tibet.

Take Action

There are a number of actions you can take to help the people of Tibet –
Please click the following link to help:

Get Intercontinental Hotels out of Tibet;

Contact the Chinese embassy in your country and call for Freedom for Tibet

Call on world governments to take action and to speak up for Tibet.

Watch and share Free Tibet videos of US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron (not) speaking up for Tibet.
http://www.freetibet.org/get-involved/take-action

Please visit Free Tibet’s website – Free Tibet is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1987 and based in London, England. It stands for the rights of Tibetans to determine their own future and campaigns for “an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.”
http://www.freetibet.org/

Also please sign the following petition:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/free-tibet.html

Also visit http://www.savetibet.org/ – more action to take on this website: http://www.savetibet.org/take-action/action-alerts/

Cameron has turned his back once again on decency and morality. He has betrayed what was once good about the UK in the name of the insatiable greed of the few, for the sake of trade which benefits only a tiny minority he has abandoned the Tibetan people to continuing oppression under a totalitarian regime not much better than that which existed in Germany and which resulted in genocide. This sociopath has once again ignored the wishes of the British people.

Frankly I am shocked that under the leadership of this vile unelected dictator we are about to kowtow to a cruel and repressive regime responsible for genocide, the violation of human rights, torture and imprisonment of millions of people. Today I am ashamed to be British.

A light at the end of the tunnel of indifference by world governments concerning the plight of Tibet comes in the form of a Spanish Criminal courts recognition of the crimes perpetrated by Chinese leaders:

Judges in the Spanish National Court today (November 18) ordered warrants of arrest to be issued against five Chinese leaders, including former President and Party Secretary Jiang Zemin, for their policies in Tibet. This ground-breaking development follows the news on October 9 of Hu Jintao’s indictment for genocide in Tibet. In a separate legal ruling also issued today in Madrid, the Spanish National Court also ordered that former leader Hu Jintao is informed of his indictment and sent questions about his policies in Tibet via the Chinese embassy

Read the fill story:
Spanish criminal court orders arrest warrants against Chinese leaders following Hu Jintao indictment for Tibet policies
http://www.savetibet.org/spanish-criminal-court-orders-arrest-warrants-against-chinese-leaders-following-hu-jintao-indictment-for-tibet-policies/

Related Links
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tibet-david-cameron-accused-selective-2866600

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/douglas-murray/2013/12/david-cameron-has-his-price-the-dalai-lama-or-the-global-race/