Help Save Thousands of Dogs From Torture and Death: Petition to End Yulin Dog Eating Festival

“Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.”

Albert Schweitzer

Please help to stop the Yulin dog eating festival from taking place this year. This is a barbaric and cruel event which doesn’t warrant the description of a festival. It takes place on June 21st to celebrate the summer solstice but is in reality an excuse for sickening cruelty to helpless animals that has no place in any modern society and should be consigned to history along with all the other inhumane atrocities perpetrated against both human and non human animals down through the ages.

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Warning very disturbing images, just so heartbreaking.

Yulin, hell on earth for cats & dogs! #StopYuLin2015

According to this video 4,000 cats are also tortured and murdered in this festival of horror.

Please help stop this hideous festival by signing the following petition and taking the actions further down.

Petition: End Yulin Dog Eating Festival

“Killing innocent dogs to eat them — and torturing them only so they have more flavor — needs to stop!!!

We at “RAISE UR PAW” are asking for you to raise the voices and paws of the world to help ban the YULIN DOG MEAT EATING FESTIVAL, which is going to occur on June 21, 2015. Countless canine lives will be sacrificed in order to fulfill a barbaric tradition that has been permitted to occur for many years – and it is now time this horror is finally put to an end.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/441/776/138/?z00m=22890024&redirectID=1658488466

Please continue reading more information from care2

“Over 10,000 dogs — many just puppies — were killed at last year’s summer solstice festival in Yulin, China. And it’s going to happen all over again this June, unless people like you speak out to stop the horrific event.

One of the most terrifying things about the festival is that it leads to many abductions of household pets by kidnappers looking to make a quick buck as the festival begins. CNN reports that local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before the butchers can, but the dog sellers often refuse to sell to the activists.

The good news is that the Chinese government really is feeling the pressure. According to the Guardian newspaper, the country has started regulating the dog meat trade, and sales dropped by a third from 2013 to 2014. You have their attention on this issue, so another international outcry could very well save thousands of dogs!

Sign Elisa’s Care2 petition to Chinese President Xi Jinping: Save the puppies and end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!”

More petitions and other actions you can take

Please take as many of the actions below as you can, lets help to make this hideously cruel festival a thing of the past.

https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival – though this has the same information as the care 2 petition it is a different petition and worth signing.

Write to the Chinese embassador of your country and politely express your objections and ask for the festival to be stopped. Please don’t write abusive letters or e-mail such is unlikely to be read and may cause more harm than good.

Here are addresses of Chinese Embassies abroad
http://www.embassypages.com/china

Petition

Please Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in GuangXi China:
https://www.change.org/p/mr-chen-wu-yulin-governor-please-shut-down-the-yulin-dog-meat-festival-in-guangxi-china

More information and ideas for action:

HELP CAMPAIGNERS STOP YULIN DOG EATING FESTIVAL 2015:
http://www.tekjournalismuk.com/animal-matters/help-campaigners-stop-yulin-dog-eating-festival-2015

Lets not forget that the killing of any animal for meat even if not in such an horrific way is reprehensible, cruel and unnecessary and has to stop. A sheep, a cow or a pig wants to live as much as your cat or dog. All are mammals, all are sentient creatures, all feel pain and suffer as a result of the meat trade, all animals fear death and wish to survive it is one of our most powerful instincts which all animals share.

The Yulin festival has nothing to do with the celebration of the summer solstice it is not even an ancient tradition

Rather like the Gadhimai festival the Yuling celebration is incongruous with a modern progressive ethical society and has nothing to do with culture, tradition or religion and only began in the 1990s.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/791868.shtml

Related Links

What are you waiting for? Stop Yulin Festival!
http://www.moonproject.co.uk/what-are-you-waiting-for-stop-yulin-festival/

More information from my blog post last year:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/help-stop-the-slaughter-of-15000-dogs-for-solstice-celebrations-in-yulin-china/

 https://twitter.com/hashtag/stopyulin2015

Thought provoking Quote: There is no Fundamental Difference Between Man and the Higher Animals…

Thought provoking quote : Charles Darwin

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Although Darwin was never an animal rights advocate his theory of evolution has profound implications for the way in which we consider our relationship to non human animals and the way we treat them.

In The Descent of Man Darwin points out that the “lower animals”, even insects, feel pain, are capable of play, and experience emotions such as pleasure and misery just like human beings.

“… the lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery. Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, etc., when playing together, like our own children. Even insects play together, as has been described by that excellent observer, P. Huber (7. ‘Recherches sur les Moeurs des Fourmis,’ 1810, p. 173.), who saw ants chasing and pretending to bite each other, like so many puppies.”

Darwin sees similar attributes in animals as those present in man such as terror and deceit, he writes:

“The fact that the lower animals are excited by the same emotions as ourselves is so well established, that it will not be necessary to weary the reader by many details. Terror acts in the same manner on them as on us, causing the muscles to tremble, the heart to palpitate, the sphincters to be relaxed, and the hair to stand on end. Suspicion, the offspring of fear, is eminently characteristic of most wild animals. It is, I think, impossible to read the account given by Sir E. Tennent, of the behaviour of the female elephants, used as decoys, without admitting that they intentionally practise deceit, and well know what they are about.”

Darwin points out that animals are capable of love by using the example of dogs, the animal with whom most humans are familiar :

“The love of a dog for his master is notorious; as an old writer quaintly says  Quoted by Dr. Lauder Lindsay, in his ‘Physiology of Mind in the Lower Animals,’ ‘Journal of Mental Science,’ April 1871, p. 38.), “A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

In the agony of death a dog has been known to caress his master, and every one has heard of the dog suffering under vivisection, who licked the hand of the operator; this man, unless the operation was fully justified by an increase of our knowledge, or unless he had a heart of stone, must have felt remorse to the last hour of his life.”

Darwin states the human sense of morality can be traced back to instinctive social behaviour in animals which leads them to feel sympathy for one anothers plight, find pleasure in association with each other and to perform acts of service and kindness and the offering of mutual assistance to their fellow creatures.

Along with anecdotes Darwin goes on to cite many examples of the emotions and characteristics of animals that are the same as those in man, such as wonder,  curiosity, memory, imagination, reason, the faculty of attention, language and so on. In addition Darwin discusses self-consciousness and mental individuality in animals.

It is clear from his writings in The Descent of man that Darwin considered that animals were thinking feeling sentient beings.

For a free copy of The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex:
gutenberg.org/ebooks/2300

In his book ‘The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals’ Darwin again challenges the idea that animals have no conscious thought and act in a machine-like way, as was claimed by some philosophers, such as Descartes. It is obvious that Darwin thought that a lot more was going on in the minds of animals than human beings generally give them credit for and in the aforementioned book Darwin again deals with the parallels between human and non human animals.

For a free e-copy of The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals:
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin – Project Gutenberg

Even though Charles Darwin was not an advocate for animal rights in the literal sense of the term and was never a vegetarian,  he had however much to say concerning our relationship with animals which may have relevance for the way in which animals are treated.

Read more about Darwin and what he had to say about our relationship with animals including more quotes from the Descent of Man:

Animal Rights, A history, Charles Darwin:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_A_History_Charles_Darwin.htm

Please Sign a Petition: Urge Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage – Other Petitions

“A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more; otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.”
Adam Smith

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I hope that you will sign and share the following petition and as many of the petitions that you will find further down.

Urge Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage

According to the Center for American Progress, raising the federal minimum wage to just $10.90 would lift 4.5 million Americans out of poverty, benefitting as many as one in five children in the country.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/476/725/240/?z00m=22875964  – it may be a long standing feature however wages have stagnated in the last ten years

As you will see if you scroll down this is certainly not the only petition concerning low pay.

Low wages it seems are an endemic facet of our society and one that needs to end now! Whether it is the UK, the USA, or indeed the world over millions are being exploited by low wages. In particular there are many similarities between the USA and the UK concerning low pay. People are having their lives stolen from them as they slave away their precious existence on low wages to make another person rich while they themselves sink further into poverty. Here in the UK workers have just been through the longest period of falling real wages since Queen Victoria.

In the UK

According to the Roundtree Foundation

Low pay is endemic in the UK labour market. While the issue has recently moved to the forefront of the public debate on employment and job quality, it is a longstanding feature of the UK economy. More than one in five workers in the UK experience low pay, a proportion that has changed little in more than 25 years.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/low-pay-no-pay-cycle

In the USA

Fight for $15 swells into largest protest by low-wage workers in US history

“Workers in more than 200 cities walked out on jobs or joined protests bankrolled by organized labor on Wednesday in latest bid to raise minimum wage

Workers in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and more than 200 cities across the US walked out on their jobs or joined marches and protests on Wednesday during what organisers claimed was the largest protest by low-wage workers in US history.”

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/15/fight-for-15-minimum-wage-protests-new-york-los-angeles-atlanta-boston

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

“… after adjusting for inflation, today’s average hourly wage has just about the same purchasing power as it did in 1979, following a long slide in the 1980s and early 1990s and bumpy, inconsistent growth since then. In fact, in real terms the average wage peaked more than 40 years ago: The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

What gains have been made, have gone to the upper income brackets. Since 2000, usual weekly wages have fallen 3.7% (in real terms) among workers in the lowest tenth of the earnings distribution, and 3% among the lowest quarter. But among people near the top of the distribution, real wages have risen 9.7%.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/10/09/for-most-workers-real-wages-have-barely-budged-for-decades/

In Asia

Where most of our clothing is made by exploitative western companies who pay low wages for long hours working in poor conditions

Dignity not Poverty.

“Garment workers should earn a living wage which can sustain a decent life.

In most garment producing countries a living wage is a far cry. The garment industry is the key source of foreign income for many countries across Asia , employing millions, yet the low wages earned are trapping workers across the region into a cycle of poverty with severe consequences for workers and their families.”
http://cleanclothescampaignireland.org/living-wage/

Low wages destroy lives keeping people in poverty worldwide. Though long overdue finally people are standing up for their rights at least in the USA. Unfortunately here in the UK people seem to offer little resistance to low pay and the misery it entails. Even the unions seem ineffectual. Sometimes we can seem so powerless against the onslaught of greed and exploitation where the rich and powerful can never seem sate their appetite for more and more profit at our expense.

Please sign as many of the petitions below as you can. We need to demand a better life for us all, for our children and succeeding generations and demand an end to exploitative low wages for increasingly longer and longer hours. Don’t get confused between a minimum wage and a living wage. They should of course mean the same thing, the basic minimum wage should be the living wage than some, as the introductory quote suggests. More often than not the basic minimum wage is not a living wage.

Petitions relating to low pay, minimum wage and living wage.

Please sign the petition to The Mayor, Boris Johnson

“London hotels are among the most expensive in the world yet not one of them pays the living wage of £8.80 per hour, the price of a couple of coffees in the capital city.”
http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/hotel-workers-deserve-a-living-wage/

Petition: Do you work in fast food or retail? Do you think you deserve better?http://action.sumofus.org/a/petition-for-workers/2/2/  – includes a link to a seperate petition for supporters who are not low paid to sign

Petition to CEOs of Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys,
Please pay all your staff at least the living wage. This is £7.45 an hour rather than £6.19 which is the legally enforced minimum wage:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/supermarkets-pay-your-staff-the-living-wage-1

A Petition to Picturehouse Cinemas, backed by the TUC, BECTU this is a petition appealing to all of the group’s customers to support payment of the Living Wage to the majority of the company’s staff who are paid much less than the Living Wage. You don’t of course need to be a customer of Picturehouse to sign
https://www.bectu.org.uk/news/2275

Please sign the petition: Support Airport Workers Demanding $15/hour
https://15now.org/2014/10/airport-workers-demand-15-hour-minimum-wage-sign-the-petition/

Raise the Minimum Wage Petition
http://www.justharvest.org/raise-the-minimum-wage-petition/

Petition Make Chocolate Fair
Help to make chocolate fair and get a fair deal for farmers. While not a wages issue in the strictest sense it is a similar type of exploitation.
http://makechocolatefair.org/issues/cocoa-prices-and-income-farmers-0 – the petition is right at the top corner of the right side of the webpage.

Petition: pay US$177 as a minimum wage to Cambodian workers

“For Cambodian garment workers the current minimum wage of US$100 a month is not enough to provide for even their most basic needs. Garment workers across the country are calling for an immediate increase to US$177 as a crucial step in the fight for a living wage.”
http://www.cleanclothes.org/livingwage/sign

Other action to help garment workers around the world

“The CCC is a coalition of organisations, student groups and individuals all with the same goal – to demand a change in the industry and the recognition and respect for the Human Rights of garment workers around the world. If you want to be a part of this work and get active, just pop your email in below and you’ll be added to our list of activists that take part in some very simple actions that we send out as the need arises (we promise not to inundate you!)”
http://cleanclothescampaignireland.org/

The above is just a drop in the ocean of petitions and campaigns to end low pay to add them all would be overwhelming. It is time for things to change globally and legislation has to bring about such change.

“We stand for a living wage. Wages are subnormal if they fail to provide a living for those who devote their time and energy to industrial occupations. The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living–a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit of reasonable saving for old age.”
President Theodore Roosevelt

Related Links
Check out and compare wages worldwide

Please Sign a Petition: Do Not Cut off Water and Power Supplies to Aboriginal Communities

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Please scroll down to sign the petition

More people it seems are under threat of loosing their water supply as the Australian government consider  cutting off water and power to 200 communities because the government says it can no longer afford to deliver these essential utilities.  Power and water are surely basic requirements in the modern world and should be readily available, particularly in a rich country where there is no excuse whatsoever. Water of course is a vital life-sustaining resource and should never be to denied anyone.

Petition

Please sign a petition to the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, to ask him not to cut off water and power supplies to Aboriginal Communities.

Do not cut off water and power supplies to Aboriginal Communities

The Australian Federal Government is considering cutting off the supplies of water and power of up to 200 indigenous communities, claiming they cannot afford these basic human rights for their indigenous peoples. In 2014, the government announced that they may cease paying for the utilities, making the individual states responsible for supplying their communities with their basic needs. However, the Western Australia government has already stated that they cannot afford to cover these costs, one of the states where many Aboriginal communities live, as well as the Northern Territory.

Rodney Dillon gave the following statement: “It would be a complete culture shock, a complete mental shock,” Dillon said. “This is their homeland. It’s where they belong it’s where they are proud. They are the keepers of the land. Some might stay and die on the land. The older individuals won’t manage it — it might kill them.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/913/806/727/do-not-cut-off-water-and-power-supplies-to-aboriginal-communities/

As with Baltimore and Detroit it is once again the disadvantaged who suffer, in this case it is Australia’s Aboriginal Communities, 150 of which are threatened with closure. Another financial decision that seriously destroys people’s lives. Australia like the USA and the UK is a rich nation, it is in fact one of the richest countries in the world, the funds are there it is just that they are not allocated where they are needed but left in the hands of the rich.

Australia  has 4 per cent of the world’s US dollar millionaires, with 1,252,000 people falling into this category.

Why Australia is the richest country in the world (for the fifth year in a row)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2792618/how-australia-richest-country-world-fifth-year-row.html

Why should people go without water and power while others have way way more than they need or will ever need.

If you don’t live in Australia this may all sound very complicated and that’s the problem people suffer as a consequence of complex, idiotic and unfair legislation particularly the poor and indigenous populations of countries such as Australia.

It is a grave social injustice to deliberately cut of water and power supplies to anyone for any reason, there can never be any justification for doing so.

More information

Up to 200 indigenous communities in Australia could lose access to power and water because the government says it can no longer afford to deliver the basic services.

“The remote communities are mainly located across the northern tip of Australia and the Kimberley in the country’s northwest. The federal government announced late last year that it would stop paying for the utilities, making states responsible for the communities. The Western Australia (WA) state government says it can’t afford to cover the costs.”

Read More:
Australia May Stop Providing Water and Power to Remote Aboriginal Communities
https://news.vice.com/article/australia-may-stop-providing-water-and-power-to-remote-aboriginal-communities

Related Links

Thousands of people rally over the proposed closure of up to 150 remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia during a national day of action:
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/close-the-gap-day-thousands-rally-threat-remote-indigenous-communities

Shutting down Australia’s Aboriginal areas

New funding laws threaten the existence of remote indigenous communities already facing profound social issues.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/12/shutting-down-australia-aboriginal-areas-2014124124749741868.html

Don’t Vote Conservative: Unless You Want to Wave Goodbye to the NHS

“The NHS has been reduced to such a state that, if things don’t change, it could be about to get a whole lot worse.
“The extreme Tory spending plans will see social care further stripped out, pushing hospitals to breaking point.
“And, with the Health and Social Care Act still in force, the next parliament could see the NHS sunk by a toxic mix of cuts, crisis and privatisation.”
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham

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Before voting consider the following:

More than 140 top doctors attack government record on NHS

Letter from senior health professionals says coalition has left NHS in weakest position ever and calls on people to use votes to reinstate service

“As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients. We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated,”

“… the NHS “is withering away and if things carry on as they are then in future people will be denied care they once had under the NHS and have to pay more for health services. Privatisation not only threatens coordinated services but also jeopardises training of our future healthcare providers and medical research, particularly that of public health.”
The signatories to the letter

Read the complete article which includes the letter in full:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/more-than-100-top-doctors-attack-government-record-on-nhs

More extracts from the Doctor’s letter to the Guardian:

“After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.”

Here is the most important section:
“We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated.”

Please continue reading the complete letter if you have not already done so.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/senior-doctors-assess-governments-record-on-nhs-letter-in-full

In response, The desperate Tories try to unsuccessfully organise their own letter

“Desperate” Tory plot to organise own letter from doctors exposed in bomb shell leaked email.

“Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced tonight as a bombshell leaked email exposes a “desperate” Tory plot to organise their own letter from doctors.

It comes just days after more than 100 leading doctors signed a letter accusing the Tory-led coalition of endangering the NHS in England.”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-crisis-tory-plot-letter-5488071

5 More Toxic Years? Say goodbye to our NHS

DAVID Cameron’s “ideological prescription” for cuts and privatisation could kill off the NHS within five years, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham warns today.

Writing exclusively for the Morning Star, Mr Burnham insists it is “no exaggeration” to say the future of the NHS as a public service is at risk if the Tory Prime Minister stays in office.

Labour’s health chief says a looming £7 billion funding shortfall combined with the Tories pro-privatisation policy will “create a toxic medicine that may well finish the patient off.”

Read more
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-899f-5-more-toxic-Tory-years-Say-goodbye-to-our-NHS

NHS charges are certain if Tories win election

“The BMA rightly raises the spectre of the NHS being subject to charges for medical treatment after the election.   This has become a real threat as a result of Tory policy over the last 5 years – partly from the unprecedented imposition of £20bn cuts amounting to nearly a fifth of the entire NHS budget, and partly as a result from a third or more of hospital trusts now being in deficit and a growing minority being cast into actual bankruptcy.   All three political parties deny they have any such plans, and of course it would be politically suicidal if they did anything else.   But are they all credible?   The Tories have hugely increased charging for social care by imposing 40% cuts in the social care of the elderly and disabled.   They have expanded private dental care to such a degree in cost and coverage that DIY dental first aid kit is now growing fast – one estimate now by DenTek, one of the biggest sellers of kits, claims there are already a quarter of a million users.   And there are other reasons too why charging is very likely to be Tory policy after the election.”

http://www.michaelmeacher.info/weblog/2015/04/nhs-charges-are-certain-if-tories-win-election/

12 Things You Should Know About The Tories And The NHS

“12 things that should make anyone who cares about the National Health Service very wary of voting for the Tory party.”

Read More:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/anotherangryvoice/12-things-you-should-know-about-the-tories-and-the-wyf2

Well I could go on the evidence is overwhelming, five more years of Tory government will see an end to the NHS. If you value our NHS and think that free health care is a human right and should not be privatised DON’T VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!!!!!!!!

Help Keep The Water on For Baltimore’s Low-income Residents!

“Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realization of all other human rights. ”
The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights

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Please sign the following petition

Keep the water on for Baltimore’s low-income residents!

“Standing for the rights of one is standing for the rights of all.Etaoqua

Water is a human right – especially in the richest country on earth!

Yet in the coming days, Baltimore will start cruelly shutting off water to 25,000 households who owe more than $250 in unpaid bills. This is despite the facts that public assistance is minimal, there have been no public hearings, and in many cases, it’s the landlord’s fault – not the tenant’s – that the bills weren’t paid.

Even worse, more than one-third of the unpaid water bills in Baltimore belong to just 369 businesses – including $7 million from RG Steel alone – but the city is starting the shutoffs with low-income residents who need water to survive!

Please Read More and Sign the Petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/898/455/503/

It seems as though it is the same worldwide,  the poorest suffer as a result of the social injustice of a low income while the better off get away with not paying their bills which as the petition says amounts to one-third of all unpaid water bills.

Brewing Human Rights Crisis In Baltimore As City Threatens Mass Water Shutoffs

“In what residents warn is a mounting human rights crisis, the city of Baltimore has commenced sending 25,000 notices, the vast majority to city and county residents, threatening to shut off water if delinquent bills are not paid within ten days.

The organization Food & Water Watch estimates that 75,000 residents are under immediate threat of having their taps turned off, in a city beset with rising water rates and housing costs, where nearly one out of four people live below the federal poverty line.”

“Only 369 of the 25,000 accounts receiving shut off notices are businesses, but they comprise $15 million of the $40 million the city says is owed in unpaid bills.”

Read More:
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/07/brewing-human-rights-crisis-baltimore-city-threatens-mass-water-shutoffs

Such denial of water a basic human right and vital for survival is becoming more frequent, remember Detroit.

Where  it looks as though the struggle for this basic life sustaining resource continues.

Water shutoff warnings on way for delinquent Detroiters

“The Detroit water department is prepared to hang about 800 shutoff notices a day on doors across the city, “

“…water bills are the rise this year. Detroiters can expect to pay 3.4% more for water under the proposed new rates that would take effect July 1. But their biggest increase will come on the sewer portion of their bill, where the new rates rise 16.7% under the proposal.”
Read More:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/03/20/residential-water-shutoffs/25048153/

First Detroit, Now Baltimore Is Shutting Off Water To The Poor

“I’m having a rather hard time understanding why it is that the City of Baltimore has apparently made the decision to follow in the footsteps of my adopted hometown Detroit and is shutting off the water in poor peoples’ homes for falling behind on their bills while allowing the larger – and significantly wealthier – corporations and businesses to slide on by. Even though they are the ones most responsible for the related deficit that the city currently finds itself in.”

Read More:
http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/04/detroit-baltimore-shutting-water-poor.html

It’s hard to imagine the suffering and misery being without water causes, we take water so for granted don’t we until it is not there anymore. It is more than just having enough to drink. How can you prepare food, bathe, launder your clothes, flush your toilet, clean your home without water. How the hell can you function at all in a modern society to go to work,  attend school?

It an outrage of injustice when people throughout the world most notably developing countries do not have access to clean water. However to deliberately cut off water supplies were it is readily available is just appalling. To use the word  crime to describe such an action would not be inappropriate.

I don’t give a damn who supplies the water or how much it cost to do so, water is a vital resource and should not be dependent on whether or not you have the necessary finances. Whether it is Africa, the USA or anywhere else clean water should be provided freely to every man, woman and child, not made into a commodity only available to those who can afford it. Forcing poor people to go without water simply because they do not have the means to pay for it while allowing business who owe one-third of unpaid bills to get away with doing so is not the hall-mark of a just society.

As a matter of interest here in the UK if you are a domestic (non-business) customer, water companies can’t, by law, disconnect or restrict your water supply if you owe them money.
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/consumer_w/consumer_water_supply_e/consumer_problems_with_paying_your_water_bill_e/if_you_dont_pay_your_water_bill.htm  – but who knows things can change.

 

 

For the Sake of Sick and Disabled People Don’t Vote Tory

 

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Keep Calm Conservatives – War on the Poor II

“A parody “Keep Calm and Carry On” themed non-election poster for this parody of a political party and its pathetic and depraved pretense at government.

The country – the sick, the disabled, the unemployed, and for that matter most of the workforce that remains employed (with no thanks to the Tories) have no future if the Conservatives continue in government. Hopefully we will be rid of them by May 2015, but the damage already caused since 2010 is already considerable.”

Read more and download larger sizes
Flickr user Byzantine_K
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/10318663733/

What will life be like for sick and disabled people if the Tories win the election?

What cuts to benefits do the Tories propose?

The Tories want to cut benefits by 12 billion.

“We are the party of the working people offering you security at every stage of your life,”
David Cameron

“Every stage of your life” that is unless you become sick, disabled or unemployed.

Cameron made this claim in his election manifesto speech in which he proclaims his aim is to guarantee a “good life” for British workers and their families.

The fact that a 12 billion cut in benefits was included in their election manifesto as an intended vote catcher is truly sickening. I hope that those who would vote for the Tories on the basis of this would think the same way if one day they are sick, disabled or unemployed and need support for the basics of life.No one knows if any of these circumstances may befall them, the fact that people are willing to aid and abet the Tories to strip benefits from vulnerable people who depend on them through no fault of their own and to ultimately destroy our welfare system by voting for them on the basis of this vile committment is disturbing indeed.

On this basis

For claimants, especially those who are sick and disabled, the result of the next election could well have a dramatic effect on the quality of their lives for decades to come.
Read More:
http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3046-big-cuts-to-disability-benefits-if-conservatives-win-warns-ifs

Sick and disabled claimants to lose up to £80 per week under leaked Tory plans

“The BBC News investigation uncovered several benefits under consideration for change, including:

  • Carer’s Allowance – this could be restricted to those eligible for Universal Credit. Leaked documents suggest about 40% of claimants would lose out. DWP predicted saving – £1bn
  • The contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance – currently claimants who have paid enough National Insurance contributions can get the benefits with little means testing; DWP analysis suggests 30% of claimants, over 300,000 families, would lose about £80 per week. DWP predicted saving – £1.3bn in 2018/19
  • Disability benefits – Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance (for over 65s who have personal care needs) would no longer be paid tax free. Possible saving – £1.5bn per annum(based on IFS Green Budget calculation )
  • Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme – could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers. DWP predicted saving – £1bn
  • Council Tax Support – to be incorporated into Universal Credit. Possible saving – not known
  • Child Benefit – Limiting the benefit to the first two children. Possible saving IFS estimates £1bn saving per annum in the long run but little initially
  • Regional Benefit Caps – The £23,000 limit would vary in different parts of the country, with for instance Londoners receiving the top amount due to the higher cost of living. Possible saving – not known and dependent on where levels were set”

Read More:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32084722

Previous benefit cuts and reforms

The following website gives details of the Significant changes that are being made to the benefits and tax credits system over the next few years. It also provides an archive of changes that have already happened:
http://www.turn2us.org.uk/information__resources/benefits/benefits_changes/benefit_changes_timetable.aspx

Here is an example of how welfare reforms have affected people with multiple needs.

This is an extract from the Voices From the Front Line project’s Interim report , highlighting the damage welfare reforms have caused to people with multiple needs and how the introduction of benefit sanctions has been the most negative aspect of welfare reforms for this group.

People with multiple needs experience several problems at the one time which may include the following: mental illnesses, homelessness,  drug and alcohol misuse, offending and family breakdown.

“We found that recent welfare reforms are having an overwhelmingly negative effect on people with multiple needs. They have led to financial and personal strain, and in some cases placed people at risk.There are particular concerns over the use of sanctions, and cuts to legal aid.

“We found that recent welfare reforms are having an overwhelmingly negative effect on people with multiple needs. They have led to financial and personal strain, and in some cases placed people at risk.There are particular concerns over the use of sanctions, and cuts to legal aid.

Welfare changes are having a severe effect on people’s mental health and well-being

  • 88% of services reported welfare changes had a negative effect on their clients’ overall wellbeing,and 86% on their mental health
  • Several services perceived an increased risk of suicide amongst their service users as a result.

Services report that the changes are not helping people with multiple needs to progress toward employment, and are placing them under financial and personal strain

  • Only two percent of services believed that welfare reforms have had a positive impact on people’s ability to engage with the job market, with 55% reporting a negative impact
  • 88% of services reported a negative impact on people’s finances, 82% on access to appropriate housing, and 73% on access to appropriate food and nutrition.

In some cases, welfare reforms are prompting re-offending and placing vulnerable women at risk

  • Many services described a pattern in which people with a history of offending behaviour would reoffend when placed under stress through changes to their benefits
  • Several services described vulnerable women turning to subsistence theft, sex work or being forced to depend on violent partners after losing their benefits

Benefit sanctions are significantly disadvantaging people with multiple needs

  • 79% of services reported that sanctions are affecting over half of their service users, and sanctions were viewed as having the most negative impact of all the welfare changes

Legal aid cuts are affecting a significant number of people with multiple needs

  • 64% of services said that cuts to legal advice are affecting over half their service users

Access the full report:
http://meam.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/EvidenceFromTheFrontline.pdf

About Voices from the front line:
http://www.drugscope.org.uk/partnersandprojects/Voices+from+the+Frontline
http://meam.org.uk/about-this-project/

Five more years of Tory cuts will turn back the clock to a time many considered long consigned to history, another five years may well see the end to the welfare system.

Say no to the destruction of our welfare system, stem the tide of vicious welfare reforms by not voting Tory.

Related Links

Reports on the impacts of public spending cuts across the whole of the UK:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/centres/chrp/projects/spendingcuts/resources/database/reportsgroups/#

http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/tory-cuts-as-bad-as-we-feared.html

 

Please Sign A Petition to Bring About a Crack Down On The Illegal Hunting Of Birds Throughout Europe!

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning. ”
Marv Levy

Did you know that the animals most harmed in the name of so called sport are birds. Find out more further down.

If you have time to read nothing else please at least sign the petition to protect some birds from the barbarity of hunting.

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“Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to speak out in Europe against the illegal hunting of birds. Because of various looplaws and inconsistencies in the laws, it appears that too many birds are losing their lives, leading to a clear extinction of various breeds. We are concerned about specific species of birds such as the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia Curruca) along with the possibility of endangerment and extinction of these birds, among others.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/206/194/838/crack-down-on-the-illegal-hunting-of-birds-throughout-europe/?z00m=22834828

More information about the hunting of birds worldwide

It is sickening that some people in our modern society feel the need to hunt any animal and that those in authority such as the EU which implement laws prohibiting such action ignore the blatant breaking of the law in this regard or have failed to close loopholes that allow the mass slaughter of these defenceless animals.

Legal or illegal it is time time to bring an end to the barbarity of hunting any creature, such as here in the UK where it is legal to shoot so called game birds such as grouse, peasants and other birds – there are even proposals to cull/kill robins.  Other than some perverted pleasure there is no reason to hunt and kill any creature. No we are not the earth’s stewards, we have no right to kill any other living being simply for pleasure or under the guise of conservation and excuses commonly made such as thinning down over population and labeling certain creatures as pests and vermin. Nature usually if left alone controls any population explosion as such is always self-limiting.

Here is an example of the barbarity of shooting migrating birds in Malta where there is at present no laws to protect these birds from those who take perverted pleasure in shooting them out of the sky and when they land to rest during their long migration:

“Every spring thousands of exhausted migratory birds land in Malta to rest and feed during their long journey. What they don’t know is that 10,000 hunters are waiting for them with the chilling motto ‘if it flies it dies’.”

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/malta

Please watch the video if you have not already done so

This weekend “a referendum, the first of its kind on Malta, will ask whether hunters should continue to be allowed to shoot quail and turtle doves in the spring, when birds stop for a rest in the country on their journey from Africa to northern Europe.”

Read More
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/10/malta-bird-hunting-spring-referendum-animal-welfare

Please watch the video blogs

“Ten thousand hunters on the islands can shoot unlimited numbers of birds, including turtle dove, quail, skylark and song thrush for a five month period between September and January. Hunters can also hunt over 80% of the Maltese countryside”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/the-shooting-of-migratory-birds-in-malta/autumn-hunting-in-malta

Europe of course is not alone in its negligence concerning protection of wild birds from hunting, in many other parts of the world there are no laws at all or the laws are ignored and not enforced.

Here are some disturbing examples

Birds massacred in Lebanon – Unfettered hunting a disgrace

“November 2012. We have been contacted by someone from Lebanon who wants to highlight the terrible situation there, where birds are shot indiscriminately in there thousands. As Lebanon is at the cross roads between Europe, Asia and Africa, many of the birds are killed while migrating to and from their breeding grounds.”

Read More
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/lebanon-bird-hunt.html#cr

For the latest information about the killing of birds in the Lebanon

Stop Hunting in the Lebanon
https://www.facebook.com/stophuntinglebanon

Last Song for Migrating Birds

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang two lives, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?

Read More:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/songbird-migration/franzen-text

Doves are shot for pleasure in Argentina

In Google enter “stop dove shooting in Argentina” and you will see at least two pages of websites promoting the hunting of these defenceless birds.  Sickening the number of links to websites extolling this cruelty as a pleasure. One website advertises non stop shooting.

Unfortunately there appears to be no campaigns to stop this , at least none that I can find.

Morning Doves are shot for pleasure in the USA

Dove Shooting: A Grisly Hunt

“Mourning doves are the traditional bird of peace and a beloved backyard songbird. But some people use mourning doves as live targets, sometimes calling them “cheap skeet.” Hunters kill more doves each year—more than 20 million—than any other animal in the country.”
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dove_shoot/

Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

“Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.”

by phil mckenna

“Environmental groups have estimated that more than two million ducks, geese, songbirds, and raptors are shot along the Adriatic’s eastern shores every year — part of what’s known as the Adriatic Flyway, a key migratory route for birds making their seasonal journeys between the European and African continents. A recent analysis by Wetlands International, a conservation group based in the Netherlands, concluded that as many as one-third of all birds using the Black Sea-Mediterranean Flyway — an area that includes the Adriatic Flyway — are now in decline, in large part due to illegal hunting.”

Read More:
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/poachers_in_albanias_wetlands_decimate_migrating_waterbirds/2819/

Well I could go on adding link after link, there are few places safe for birds in this world of ours. I am shocked in the extreme, saddened and sickened by mans barbarity. It is disturbing to know we share this world with people of this ilk. Sometimes I am ashamed to be human.

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
M. Frida Hartley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Help End the Seal Hunt

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It’s that time of year again when the Canadian seal hunt/massacre commences. For many years now I, like thousands of people world-wide, have sign petitions, written e-mail, and sent letters appealing to the Canadian government to ban this cruel slaughter of helpless baby seals whose lives are brutally taken from them all for the sake of providing the fickle minded with fur.

Despite increasing global outcry and the closure of markets for seal products in 34 countries, the Canadian government continues to support this cruel and unnecessary slaughter.

The following video gives you an idea of what the 2014 slaughter of these helpless animals was like.

Warning very disturbing images of seal slaughter

Just makes you want to cry, how can people be so cruel, so callous, so unmoved by the taking of these innocent lives.

This year, incredibly, the Canadian government has sanctioned the slaughter of 400,000 harp seals to be clubbed or shot to death.

Take Action

Please sign the care2 petition and send the International Fund For Animal Welfare IFAW and Humane Society’s messages

Petition

“Over 900,000 harp seal pups between the ages of two weeks and three months are brutally slaughtered and bashed repeatedly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the Magdalen islands of Quebec annually. These violent acts sole purpose are to provide seal skin pelts or clothing purposes.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/982/325/874/end-the-canadian-seal-hunt/

Please send a message to Stephen Harper – Prime Minister of Canada and Gail Shea – Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada’s commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.

It’s an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life.

Please read more and send the message you can personalise the template message or if this is not possible send as it is. I understand the anger and frustration after years and years of urging the Canadian government to do the right thing but nevertheless please be polite.

http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/get-involved/end-cruel-and-wasteful-seal-hunt?

If you have time you might want to send the following message to ask Stephen Harper and the Privy Council to end the slaughter once and for all with a federal sealing industry buyout.

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=26387&ea.tracking.id=website

Want to do more

Send letters or e-mail to

Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada  and Gail Shea – Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Stephen Harper

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Fax: 613-941-6900

You can send an e-mail by clicking the link below to access an on-line form

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm  – you don’t need to be Canadian to use the on-line form there is a option for outside Canada in the heading Province.

Or you can send a letter or email by using the details included in the following link which also includes a telephone number:
https://openparliament.ca/politicians/stephen-harper/contact/

Gail Shea

100 School Street
Suite 204
Tignish, PE C0B 2B0
Tel: 902-882-4493
Fax: 902-882-4494

250 Water Street
Suite F
Summerside, PE C1N 1B3
Tel: 902-432-6899
Fax: 902-432-6853

Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Tel: 613-992-9223
Fax: 613-992-1974

Email: gail.shea@parl.gc.ca
Toll Free: 1-800-224-0018

http://gailshea.ca/contact-gail/

What kind of cold-blooded mentality causes someone to condone the massacre of 400,000 defenceless animals, a blood bath of barbarity not worthy of any country which considers itself civilised. Such cruelty should have be consigned to history long ago .

Please sign the petition and send the messages, letters and or e-mail, try and take as much action as you can,  we should not give up but continue to campaign to bring an end to this shocking and sickening atrocity.

 

For the Sake of Animals Don’t Vote Tory

Our humanity isn’t measured by how we treat other people…Our humanity is measured by how we treat animals.
Chuck Palahniuk

If you love animals and wish to protect our wildlife don’t vote Tory in the general election.

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The cruel and indiscriminate slaughter of our wildlife has to stop: hunting, shooting, deer stalking, the organised and legalised killing of animals such as badgers and other barbarous and wanton killing of defenceless animals. Such has no place in any civilised country.

With the coming election we have the power to bring an end to some of these atrocities.

If the conservatives are elected they intend the following concerning our wild life here in the UK.

The badger cull will be extended across the country

“If elected, the Tories would roll out the culling programme more widely across the country to areas where the disease was most common… Culls could begin as early as this year.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11431886/Badger-cull-extended-across-Britain-if-we-win-election-Tories-say.html

Apparently this will happen no matter about what you or I say:

“We will not let up, whatever complaints we get from protesters groups. We are in it for the long haul and we will not walk away.” Liz Truss ,environment secretary

If elected the Tories intend to reinstate fox hunting.

David Cameron says he wants to repeal the fox hunting ban.

“The Conservatives will hold a parliamentary vote on repealing the fox hunting ban if they win the next election, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, said he believed in the “freedom to hunt” and wanted fox hunting legalised.”

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-says-he-wants-to-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban-10091571.html

Also see

“The Conservative Party will try to overturn the ban on fox hunting if elected in next year’s general election, it has emerged.”

“The pledge will form part of the Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto.”

Read More:
http://metro.co.uk/2014/12/26/conservative-party-to-legalise-fox-hunting-if-they-win-general-election-2015-5000292/   – You will note if you have read the above article and voted at the conclusion that over 70 percent of those who took part in the poll are against fox hunting. Cameron knows this but gives no regard to the wishes of the majority.

Brian May is leading an anti blood sports campaign in the face of the Conservative resolve to repeal the law against fox hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing if they get win the forthcoming election.
http://www.save-me.org.uk/

Also see Team Badgers website for details of a campaign against the Badger Cull:
http://www.teambadger.org.uk/index.html

Cameron himself enjoys hunting and shooting stags.

“…the Prime Minister has been hunting down and killing animals for more than 20 years. Apparently he is one of the few marksmen skilled enough to shoot two stags in one go.

The fact remains that hunting is cruel and causes animals unnecessary suffering. It’s appalling that our country’s leader indulges in killing for the sheer fun of it

When animal cruelty is portrayed by some as a ‘sport’, it debases society and perpetuates unacceptable animal cruelty. Blood sports have no place in an ethically developed society. That is why polls repeatedly show that the vast majority of Britons oppose such gratuitous violence. We expect our elected politicians to protect the vulnerable and helpless, not to destroy them – much less to derive pleasure from it.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/so-you-like-deer-stalking-cameron-hunted-animals-feel-no-less-pain-than-larry-the-downing-street-cat-8777888.html

He also enjoys fox hunting, read the following rant from Cameron

“I have spent all week in a state of complete fury.

Like a man possessed with an advanced case of Tourette syndrome, I have been shouting at traffic and assailing my fellow men (and women).

What has brought on this demented state? The hunting debate

It is difficult to explain why this one issue makes me so furious.

Sitting in parliament involves hours of listening to opinions with which you profoundly disagree. I am usually able to do this without shouting, but as soon as I hear Labour members calling for hunting to be banned, I completely lose it.

When John McFall (Dumbarton) gets to his feet I shout “go back to Scotland, you’ve already banned it.”

Interrupting Gerald Kaufman during one of his lengthy and over-precise questions to the minister, I heard myself baying “shut up, you pompous prat.”

During the hunting debate I sat patiently for five hours without catching the Speaker’s eye. My carefully prepared speech was steadily crumpled and shredded in frustration.”

These remarks were made by then MP, now unfortunately Prime Minister, David Cameron in the Guardian Newspaper.

Read the complete article:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/mar/22/davidcameron.politicalcolumnists

This is the tirade of the man who has been running or might I say ruining the country for the last five years. What does it say about his mentality?

His sickening enthusiasm for hunting a defenceless animal after pursuing him with a pack of hounds is nothing short of disturbing, not only because of the barbaric cruelty involved but because of his zealous even obsessive determination to pursue the matter of preventing a ban on hunting with hounds.

Also see my blog post
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/can-we-really-judge-a-mans-heart-by-his-treatment-of-animals/

“Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.”
William Jones

Did you know  MPs, receive more mail regarding animals than on any other topic yet so little is done concerning thier welfare

Many might say that voting simply to protect wildlife might be rather too focused on a single issue while ignoring the whole picture. However one has to consider the type of thinking and the mentality of a person who devotes so much energy into reinstating a barbaric pastime such as Fox hunting and who pursues other cruel “sports”. If you can callously and wantonly and even worse enjoy killing an animal how can you feel compassion and concern for another human being. To kill an animal so readily with enthusiasm brings such a person a step or indeed several steps closer towards doing likewise to his own species. Though in Cameron’s case he does not kill people of course but most certainly he is willing to implement laws and reforms without a qualm which have resulted in the suffering and death of other people, such as the welfare reforms which have been responsible for deaths of thousands of sick and disabled people.
Consider the following quote from St Francis:
“Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission–to be of service to them whenever they require it… If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
This rather explains cameron’s lack of basic compassion towards those who are vulnerbale in our society

So you see that to not vote Tory for the sake of animals has a far-reaching effect. Really who wants a cold-blooded person who enjoys killing defenceless animals running the country and indirectly our very lives. I know I don’t that’s for sure.

“This tendency [to cruelty] should be watched in them [children], and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even towards men… And they, who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures, will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to those of their own kind.”
John Locke

For the sake of our wildlife, and for the sake of the most vulnerable in our society don’t vote Tory.

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics

Where do our main political parties stand on animal welfare.

With the exception of the Green Party and Labour trying to find  an entire up-to-date manifesto which includes detail of animal welfare is proving extremely difficult. In fact it has been quite a task to easily locate most of the manefestos

Here is what I have found.

Labour’s stance on wildlife and animal welfare:

“Six things you need to know about Labour’s plans to protect animals

We will also build on our proud record on animal welfare – starting with an end to the Government’s inhumane and ineffective badger cull, and a commitment to maintain the ban on hunting with dogs.”

http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/six-things-you-need-to-know-about-labours-plans-to-protect-animals

Labour will axe badger cull and ban wild animals in circuses if it wins election in May
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labour-axe-badger-cull-ban-5185304

The green party’s stance on wildlife and animal welfare:

The expansion and development of human society has inevitably affected the lives of many other species. Disruption to their lifestyles has been both accidental and deliberate and has resulted in suffering, death or even extinction. The prevailing assumption that animals can be used for any purpose that benefits humankind is not acceptable in a Green society.

Long Term Aims

To eliminate the wholesale exploitation of other species, foster understanding of our inter-relationship in the web of life and protect and promote natural habitat.
Read More:
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ar.html

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/resources/2014/AnimalProtectionManifesto.pdf
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ar.html

The green party have an impressive list of animal welfare polices, it is well worth reading the above.

Plaid Cymru

“We support the introduction of a European-level Animal Welfare Commissioner and adoption at all government levels of the new and comprehensive Animal Welfare law to end animal cruelty.”

http://www.partyof.wales/2015-manifesto/ while very vague – the above is the only mention of animals and animal welfare in the entire manifesto – I have to say though that Plaid Cymru have done a great job in making their manifesto easily accessible on-line, there is even an audio version and a simplified version.

UKIP do not appear to have any kind of manifesto, apparently no one is interested until after Easter:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11448569/Nigel-Farage-no-Ukip-manifesto-until-after-Easter-how-it-happened.html

The conservative stance on animal welfare appears non existent. Their only commitment concerning animals is negative and is their pledge to reinstate hunting with dogs (fox hunting) and the continued killing of badgers.  According to Cameron: “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government Bill in government time.”  How hell can the bill have done nothing for animal welfare? It has saved foxes from a cruel death. If it has had little effect it is only as a result of the blatant flouting of the law by hunters who are rarely prosecuted.

A decade on from the ban, fox hunting is still thriving

If we send the message that police and politicians can turn a blind eye to illegal behaviour simply because they don’t like the law, the entire justice system is undermined.”

Here is how Cameron justifies hunting

“It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt, so I share the frustration that many people feel about the Hunting Act and the way it was brought in by the last government,”

It’s not about freedom it’s about what is right and what is wrong, it’s about ethics and morality, it’s about the right of animals to live their lives free from harm and abuse, it’s about ethical progress and making the world a better place for both human and non human animals. You could use the freedom excuse to justify just about anything even killing each other.

Note: There is at the time of writing no Tory manifesto as a result of Cameron demanding a rewrite
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/03/cameron-orders-a-re-write-of-the-tory-manifesto/

Liberal Democrats  

… work to restore habitats for bees and other flying insects.

Introduce effective, science-led ways of controlling bovine TB, including by investing to produce workable vaccines. We will only support extending the existing cull pilots if they have shown they can be effective, humane and safe.

Improve farm animal welfare and reduce the use of animals in scientific research, including by funding research into alternatives.

http://www.libdems.org.uk/liberal_democrats_launch_2015_pre_manifesto – how the hell can it be humane to kill badgers, there is never ever anything humane about killing a healthy animal.

Scotiish National Party

I can find any mention of animal welfare polices in their 2015 manifesto:
http://votesnp.com/campaigns/SNP_Manifesto_2011_lowRes.pdf  Though there is information concerning their stance on animal welfare in the EU: Our Animal Welfare priorities for Europe:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/SNP_Animal_Welfare.pdf

Concerning the above parties the Greens come out the best for animal welfare and animal rights, with Labour the next in line.

Related Links

For Foxes Sake Don’t Vote Tory
https://www.facebook.com/FFSDVT

camerons chosen people..
https://foxinparliament.wordpress.com/tag/david-cameron/page/3/

Comments about fox hunting by Brain May:
http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbmar10a.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/06/david-cameron-backs-repeal-of-ban-on-hunting-with-dogs?CMP=share_btn_fb

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