Please Sign a Petition to Demand Justice for Two Sisters sentenced to be Raped.

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Up dated Sept 2nd

On July 30th  an unelected all-male village council in the Baghpat district of India ordered that two sisters aged 23 and 15 be raped and paraded naked, their faces blackened, as punishment for their brother’s supposed crime – he eloped with a married woman from a higher caste.

Please sign the following petitions

Please sign Amnesty International’s petition calling on India’s authorities to intervene immediately and protect the two sisters who are to be punished in this most barbaric way. This is shocking in the extreme and against the law and must be stopped.

TWO SISTERS TO BE RAPED AS PUNISHMENT – DEMAND JUSTICE

The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with blackened faces. Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s against the law. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately.”

Please click the link below to sign the petition.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/two-sisters-sentenced-rape-demand-justice-india-womens-rights

Please be patient with this link to load and also the Take Action button maybe somewhat slow.

This is a simple quick sign petition which sends a message to the Principal Secretary of Lucknow, India.
Please sign and share widely.

Update 2nd Sept
New Petition from Care2

Two Women Sentenced to be Gang-Raped as Punishment for Their Brother’s “Crime”

“If you are as horrified as I am by this, please sign this petition demanding immediate protection for the sisters and an investigation into the village council and their decision to sentence two innocent women to be gang-raped and further humiliated.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/928/747/797/two-women-sentenced-to-be-gang-raped-as-punishment-for-their-brothers-%22crime%22/?z00m=25965315

Please sign both petitions

More information from Amnesty International:

“Unelected village councils such as this are widespread in parts of India. More often than not they are made up of older men from dominant castes, who prescribe rules for social behaviour and interaction in villages.

The supreme court of India has described them as ‘kangaroo courts’ and branded their decrees illegal, yet in some states they continue to operate – and their punishments are carried out.

Act now to demand that this disgusting ruling is not allowed to happen.”

This is absolutely sickening, I am at a loss for words! Something must be done to stop this.  It is disgusting, an absolute outrage, the members of the council are seriously warped in their thinking. It seems that so much evil in this world is the result of authority in the hands of those of questionable mentality both morally and psychologically.

Related Links

Two Indian sisters to be raped as punishment after their brother ran off with married woman

“The unelected all-male village council also ordered that the 23-year-old and 15-year-old sisters are paraded naked with blackened faces.

The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.”

Continue reading:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/two-indian-sisters-raped-punishment-6335954

Sentenced to rape?! 1,000s call for action as Indian community council ‘orders’ abuse of 2 sisters
https://www.rt.com/news/313775-india-rape-sentence-sisters/

 

 

 

 

Sentient Animals: Compassion

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”
Hippocrates

“The life spark in my eyes is in no way different than the life spark in the eyes of any other sentient being.”
Michael Stepaniak.

Introduction

This is the first of a series of blog posts concerning animal sentience. The series will include true stories, information and accounts which show that animals are self aware sentient beings.
Each entry will focus on one aspect of animal sentience and or one particular animal.

In any endeavour to gain rights for animals is the need for recognition that animals are sentient creatures, aware of themselves, others of their kind and other species, aware of sensations in their bodies including pain along with the capacity to experience negative and positive emotions, both pleasure and sorrow. Just like us animals have the ability to experience both a state of pain and that of wellbeing and are capable of suffering both physically and psychologically. Animals have complex abilities and lead rich emotional lives, they are sentient beings capable of forming friendships not only with their own kind but other species also. They experience a wide range of  emotions such as love,  grief, jealousy and anger. Evidence both anecdotal and scientific also shows us that animals are capable of altruism, empathy, pleasure, morality, compassion, intelligence, ingenuity and language. And like us they can suffer with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety even complex conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive disorder:
Does That Cat Have O.C.D.?
‘Animal Madness’: A Look at Tense Dogs, Elephants and More
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/science/animal-madness-a-look-at-tense-dogs-elephants-and-more.html?_r=0

There is also evidence that animals have a sixth sense. This article discusses sixth sense both as an enhancement of the five senses or sixth sense as a psychic supernatural ability:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_sentience_Stories_Sixth_sense.htm

Animals are sentient in ways we do not understand and may outperform humans in certain abilities and senses. A good example of this is the ability of animals to predict an earthquake:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/05/06/animal-tracking-predict-earthquakes/#.VeFJ0vlVhBc

Because animals are sentient beings they deserve the same rights as we do. 

Though only certain animals are included in the project below it is a good initiative towards bringing about rights for all animals

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.
http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/
http://www.nonhumanrights.org/our-mission/#

This the first entry in the series Sentient Animals features cats and shows that animals are compassionate and care for and about other animals, even members of other species.

Cat Who Survived House Fire Helps Other Animals Heal With Cuddles

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“This is a story of suffering, sadness, despair, hope, happiness and love that shows the beautiful connection between all living beings on this planet.

After being trapped in a house fire which destroyed the house and took the lives of his other feline and canine companions, Russell the cat was found in the wreckage four days later despite being presumed dead.”

Continue reading and view more photographs:
http://www.care2.com/causes/cat-who-survived-house-fire-helps-other-animals-heal-with-cuddles.html

This extraordinary mama cat sees no species, just more babies that need her love and warmth.

You can read the full story here and watch another video:
http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-a-cat-and-her-ducklings.html

Also see

!!SQUIRREL ADOPTED BY CAT LEARNS TO PURR!!

WATCH: Rescue Cat Cares for Precious Baby Goat
http://www.chooseveg.com/watch-rescue-cat-cares-for-precious-baby

This link concerns a dog’s compassion for a cat

Compassionate dog friend comforts cat friend during scary thunderstorm
http://mashable.com/2015/07/21/dog-comforts-cat-thunderstorm/

Related Links concerning animal sentience

Rats Not Only Show Compassion But Arguably More Than Some Humans in Unprecedented New UofC Study.

Read the full Story:
http://freefromharm.org/farm-animal-intelligence/rats-not-only-show-compassion-but-arguably-more-than-some-humans-in-unprecedented-new-uofc-study/#sthash.jWIs8uZa.dpuf

Scientists Declare Animals Are as Conscious as Humans (and the Pictures to Prove It)

Last week, (2012) an international group of scientists signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, proclaiming their belief—based on decades of research—that animals are indeed conscious and capable of experiencing human emotions.

While that may sound like a “duh” kind of declaration to animal-lovers, it’s actually a big deal for such a prominent group of scientists to openly acknowledge that they believe nonhuman animals possess conscious states similar to humans. Much of the research done in the medical and biological sciences relies on animal test subjects, so this statement could have significant implications in coming years.
Read More:
http://www.positivelypositive.com/2012/09/06/scientists-declare-animals-are-as-conscious-as-humans-and-the-pictures-to-prove-it/

Read stories of Altruism, a trait related to compassion:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories_Altruism.htm

You will find a selection of stories and information concerning animal sentience included in my website think differently about sheep:

Sentience in Farm animals
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentience_in_farm_Animals.htm

Sentience Stories
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories.htm – scroll down this page to select stories, comments, quotations, videos and other items of interest which focus on a particular characteristic of animal sentience.

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals. We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on all sides the evidence if animals’ power of reasoning is crushing.
Ernest Bell

More Action for Cecil the Lion: Help Bring Canned Hunting to an End.

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Please take the following three actions to help bring an end to canned hunting.

Send a message

Let Cecil Be the Last – Ask South Africa and Zimbabwe to Ban Canned Hunting

“Canned hunts are nothing more than pre-packaged slaughters for people with too much money and not enough heart. Call for them to be banned!

Send a quick message to the Presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe – two of the most popular locations for trophy hunters – and ask them to stop allowing heartless foreigners to murder Africa’s wildlife for “fun”.

Please read more and send the message
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=40914&ea.tracking.id=DEVO_Cecil&ea.url.id=439425

Petition

Support the CECIL Act; Stop Trophy Killings!

“When Cecil the lion was shot just outside his Zimbabwe refuge, there were laws in place to protect him. But where is the law that prohibits people back home in the United States from proudly exhibiting trophies of dead endangered animals?

Clearly, action is needed to prevent poaching on the supply side.”

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/888/734/948/

This next petition concerns the blatant profiteering from the killing of Cecil.

Demand Costumeish.com Remove Bloody Dentist Costume Holding Lion’s Head

Costumeish.com has decided to try and capitalize on Cecil’s killing by selling a “Lion Killer Dentist” costume for Halloween, complete with blood splattered shirt/gloves and a mockery of Cecil’s severed head that Walter Palmer planned on mounting on his wall.

 

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/413/832/659/demand-costumeish.com-remove-bloody-dentist-costume-holding-lions-head/

For further action please send a comment to Costumish.com
http://www.costumeish.com/pages/contact-us

This is shocking, thoughtless and inappropriate. It is irresponsible and unethical to profit from the killing of Cecil the lion. Such a costume promotes the cruel and senseless killing of wild animals, it makes a mockery of what is a serious issue and the attempts of people worldwide to bring an end to trophy hunting and poaching . I am appalled that even in this day and age where nothing seems to matter except profit that anyone would market such a costume which promotes violence to animals.

More information
Please keep up the momentum of outrage and protest. A while ago when Palmer, the Dentist who murdered Cecil, reopened his dental practice only one person came to protest.

Never Forget Cecil!

“Yesterday the Dental office of Walter Palmer, the killer of Cecil the African Lion, re-opened.

The staff  announced that they are now open and serving their patients and that the Dr. is not on the premises.

Not only is Palmer a murderer, he is a coward.

But, what worries those of us who are outraged by Palmer’s vicious deed, is that when the office re-opened yesterday, there was only ONE person there with a sign to object!

I for one, do not want any of you, or anyone else on this Planet, to forget what this Monster has done.

Please continue reading:
https://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/never-forget-cecil/

Costume Company Plans to PROFIT from Cecil the Lion’s Death With A Dentist Costume

“Costume retailer www.Costumeish.com is releasing a Cecil the Lion themed halloween costume of the Dentist holding onto the severed head of Cecil the Lion. This costume features a dentist robe covered in fake blood and the head of a lion that will be sold for $59.99 99.99. 
Please continue reading:
https://cecilspride.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/costume-company-plans-to-profit-from-cecil-the-lions-death-with-a-dentist-costume/

If Cecil’s Death Meant Anything To You, This is One Act You Should Not Neglect.

What it does:
HONOR: Honors Cecil’s name so he did not die in vain!
PROTECTION: Protects lions and all other endangered and threatened species from being mere trophies for trophy hunters by making trophies harder to import into USA!
REMEMBRANCE: Cecil will forever be remembered
CELEBRATION: We need to pay tribute to Cecil and do everything we can to stop these atrocities against animals -roar loud and proud! The arrow that pierced Cecil wounded our hearts, but his spirit lives strong in us roaring!

USA should STOP protecting trophy hunters and START protecting endangered and threatened species!!!

Please continue reading:
https://cecilspride.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/if-cecils-death-meant-anything-to-you-this-is-one-act-you-should-not-neglect/

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

Canned hunting, or any hunting, has no place in a modern society and should not be condoned, it is cruel and barbaric. Those who seek pleasure in harming animals cannot as the above quote says be good people. There is surely something seriously aberrant about anyone who takes pleasure from the suffering of others and does so without qualm or conscience and who in the case of Palmer seems not to recognise just how wrong such an action is despite the outrage against him.

Please send the message and sign the petitions and share widely.

More quotes that show the how our treatment of other animals affects how we treat members of our own species.

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

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas Edison 

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Pythagoras 

 

Credits

Graphic Cecil the lion
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cecil_the_lion.jp

Lies Lies and More Lies: Demand that Ian Duncan Smith Resign

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Welfare Culture?  Byzantine_K

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Please read and sign the following petition

Demand Iain Duncan Smith resign over lying to public in DWP sanctions leaflets

The Department of Work and Pensions has admitted that ‘case studies’ showing the benefits of sanctions on peoples’ lives were ‘illustrative’ only. That is – they were pure lies. The people described did not exist, the photos were stock images, and the stories were fantasy.

The Government has lied to the British public.

Stopping people’s benefits such as job seeker’s allowance, known as sanctioning, is driving people to suicide. People are resorting to stealing food in order to not starve. Sanctions do not encourage people to get jobs. Sanctions are known to be given to people for extremely minor reasons such as being five minutes late for an appointment. If someone has a heart-attack or has to attend a family members’ funeral and misses an appointment – they could be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

Please read more, sign the petition and share widely:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/386/241/736/

Even if you doubt this vile man will resign adding you name and a comment to a petition voices your opinion and is well worth signing. Maybe if more of us were outspoken this nightmare of injustice would have ended long ago before it even began. Led astray by right-wing biased media propaganda those in our society who do not think for themselves but sadly think only of themselves have swallowed hook line and sinker the rhetoric of scroungers and skivvers. Time to wake up to the shocking reality of what is happening here in the UK before unemployment or disablity and sickness come knocking on your door and there is no state provision in your hour of need.

More about the injustice of benefit sanctions

As part of the unremitting pressure or should I say bullying tactics of the government to reduce welfare payments and force people to work who are unable to do so is the introduction of benefit sanctions. For anyone not familiar with this latest injustice, benefit sanctions are the reduction and sometimes a complete suspension of a benefit claimant’s welfare payments. The rules vary according to which benefit you are claiming such as ESA and JSA. 

Extracts From Disability Rights UK Factsheet F70

Sanctions are used most often to enforce the work-related conditions that can be applied to benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and employment and support allowance (ESA). It is these sanctions that we will look at in this factsheet.

JSA

In each case, your JSA will normally be stopped for a fixed period of time. This can last from four weeks to up to three years. In the case of intermediate level sanctions, your JSA claim may also be disallowed.

ESA
Sanctions (also called ‘reductions’) can be applied to your employment and support allowance (ESA) if you fail to meet a ‘compliance condition’ for the benefit…

… your ESA will be reduced by £73.10 (equal to the personal allowance of ESA for a single person) for a period of time. This period comes in two parts: one open ended, one fixed.

This is very complex you will need to consult the following link for more details:
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sanctions

In some cases your benefit can be removed entirely for three years! Hard to believe that this can happen here in the UK. I just couldn’t believe it partly because it was so difficult to find any verification that said this in so many words, but its true you can have your income stopped entirely.

If a claimant breaks any part of their Commitment, they will be subject to sanctions, which will mean a deduction, penalty or suspension of all their benefits. A claimant receiving three sanctions can see their benefit stopped entirely for up to three years.
http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/Guide%20Sanctions11-21537.pdf

Maybe it was difficult to comprehend this was a fact because it is not easy to accept that this is allowed to happen here in the UK and that few people protest.

Basically if a Job centre representative decides you should be sanctioned you can lose some or all of your benefits from between four weeks to three years! That’s right three years!!!! Reasons for withdrawing benefits can and are for the most part trivial, ridiculous ,unjust, callous and downright stupid and can result from such petty things as being late for a meeting – sometimes as little a three minutes – and or even attending a job interview instead of your appointment with your supervisor. Indeed sanctions can be imposed for all manner of callous and senseless reasons such as

“A man with heart problems who was on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) had a heart attack during a work capability assessment. He was then sanctioned for failing to complete the assessment”

Army veteran Stephen Taylor, 60, whose Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was stopped after he sold poppies in memory of fallen soldiers.

Here a really ridiculous reason:
Sean Halkyward, 24, said his benefits were sanctioned because he looked for too many jobs in one week.

Read more of the idiotic and unreasonable sanctions imposed often on sick and vulnerable people – consider the fact that in some way or another everyone who on benefits whether sick, disabled or unemployed is vulnerable, struggling to cope, worried, afraid and insecure.

The 11 most senseless benefit sanction decisions known to man
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-11-most-senseless-benefit-sanction-decisions-known-to-man–x1dmkd2_Me

Never forget that benefit sanctions apply not only to people who are able-bodied who are on Job Seekers Allowance but also to sick and disabled people on Employment and Support Allowance ESA. People who are too sick to work have their already difficult lives made more miserable and indeed more traumatic by the constant harassment to find jobs that do not exist or which are not suitable or which they are not well enough to do. It is important to consider that even with a person who is well and able all jobs that are available may not be suitable. Depending on level of intelligence, education, skills and other abilities or lack thereof not all people are capable of doing every job, there is no one job fits all. It’s so obvious right? Yet this is rarely pointed out.

The insidious evil of benefit sanctions that leave people with little or no many at all destroys people’s lives. In many cases the reasons for someone getting sanctioned are an outrageous injustice of the most extreme nature. Sanctions are never justified in any circumstances, you cannot leave anyone with no means to feed themselves.

Things are about to get worse and more lives will be destroyed as Duncan Smith  prepares to announce a radical reform of sickness benefits that the government expect will force up to 1 million more disabled people into work.

Sanctions are a violation of human rights that have driven people to despair destitution and suicide and have forced people to break the law. Read this shocking story of a hungry women whose benefits had been sanctioned being fined £330 for stealing a pack of Mars Bars, the cheapest item she could find in the shop.

Famished woman fined £330 for stealing a 75p pack of Mars Bars after benefits stopped
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/famished-woman-fined-330-for-stealing-a-75p-pack-of-mars-bars-after-benefits-stopped-10455635.html

“Just for being Hungry”, what better justification could there be. This woman is not a criminal, the real criminal is Duncan Smith and the rest of the callous Tories hell bent on turning the clock back to times we thought were consigned to history.

Related Links

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/19/benefit-sanctions-ruin-lives-dwp-fiction

Where to get help
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sanctions

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help

Patagonia Sheep Cruelty Update

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Anyone who has sent the PETA message to Patagonia has most likely received the following e-mail from PETA. Please read and take the suggested action.

“Last week, we showed you an eyewitness video of workers abusing, mutilating, and neglecting lambs and sheep exploited for wool. Thank you for taking action!

PETA is pleased to report that Patagonia has halted all wool purchases following the release of that highly disturbing video evidence of violent cruelty to animals on farms that are part of the Ovis 21 network in Argentina—the clothing company’s wool supplier. Patagonia’s CEO has announced that the company won’t buy wool again until it’s assured of “the humane treatment of animals.” PETA praises the new move, as all steps are good steps, but cautions that as Patagonia delves deeper into the wool supply chain, it will find that cruelty will always be a part of wool production—as we have found in Australia, the U.S., and now Argentina. If the company is honest, we doubt it could return to buying real wool again.

No matter where wool comes from, lambs and sheep will suffer when their tails are cut off and they’re painfully castrated. And all sheep used for their wool are eventually slaughtered when their usefulness wears out—including those who are punched, thrown, and cut up during shearing, something that PETA has found occurs at shearing sheds around the world.

Please take a moment to thank Patagonia for halting its wool purchases and urge the company to drop wool for good.

Please go to the this link  http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/#pledge and send the latest message thanking Patagonia for deciding to stop buying wool until it can ensure that animals are treated humanely but also reminding them that no matter where wool comes from, lambs and sheep will suffer having their tails cut off and painful castration and other abuses such as kicking and punching and rough shearing. There is a template letter but please try and use your own words if possible but please send and share.

This is good news indeed. Though as the letter explains there is always cruelty involved in the wool industry.  One way to stop this of course is to stop buying wool.

Never forget that sheep are sentient creatures who suffer terribly as a result of their exploitation for wool and meat.

Sheep learns how to open gates – Intelligent sheep

Lambs Playing King of the Castle

Click this link to watch a video of a jumping sheep who is clearly enjoying herself playing with a dog:
http://freefromharm.org/farm-animal-intelligence/the-sheep-who-jumps-for-joy-on-the-will-to-live-in-all-animals/

By clicking the following link you can read more accounts and view more videos and photos that show sheep are sentient animals

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http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Related Link

Stella McCartney Cuts Ties With One of Her Wool Suppliers as PETA Video Exposes Routine Mutilations
http://www.peta.org/blog/stella-mccartney-cuts-ties-with-wool-supplier-as-peta-video-exposes-routine-mutilations/

Please Sign Petitions to Tell Prime Minister David Cameron to Help Refugees

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Graphic Home Truths by Flickr user Byzantine_K
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There are three petitions for you to sign to help refugees trying to escape with their families to safety from war-torn countries.

Please everyone carefully read and sign the following petitions and please share widely. Anyone worldwide may sign these petitions. Refugees need our support.

Care 2 Petition:

Tell Prime Minister David Cameron to Protect Refugees

“Imagine your country spiralling into violence and warfare. Watching everything around you fall to chaos. Fearing you or your children may be killed at any moment.

This is the devastating reality for millions of refugees around the world. They are faced with an incredibly difficult decision: stay in a war-torn country where their lives are at risk, or flee to safety even though the journey in front of them is equally dangerous.

Which would you choose?

This year, over 2,000 men, women and children have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Just last week, a boat capsized off the coast of Libya. Around 200 people lost their lives.

We call on Prime Minister David Cameron to take action and save lives today by increasing resettlement places for refugees.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/866/382/203/      This petition needs at least 5,000 signatures, so far only just over 300 so please sign and share widely.

Change Org Petition

Provide urgent medical support to vulnerable people in Calais

“We’ve all seen the news of desperate migrants trying to cross the channel. But few people know about the conditions people are living in. There is no less than a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep and western governments are turning their backs on it.

I know because I’m a nurse out here in Calais, giving medical support to migrants who have fled their countries because of war and persecution and are now living in horrendous conditions. Whole families are crammed into small tents with poor access to food and water, leading to all sorts of terrible health problems. These include serious skin problems, gangrene, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and scabies. Many have shattered bones after falling from trucks, have been slashed by razor wire climbing fences or have been beaten up.Some are extremely vulnerable, including children and pregnant women.”

Please read more and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-david-cameron-mp-provide-urgent-medical-support-to-vulnerable-people-in-calais?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=366052&alert_id=ucQoLHdmPC_Cbapp9zz2XvpWmgrNepwzPu8QBHtZQNqVs8LbQ6vZW4%3D

Tell the UK Government to accept a fair share of migrant refugees

“Thousands of men and women are currently stranded in Calais, Italy and Greece, and across Europe after a treacherous journey from their home countries. These refugees often come from war-torn countries with poor human-rights records. In their home countries they may have suffered or be at risk of torture and rape, and fear for their lives and those of their children. They are desperate to reach safety and they are risking their lives. Many have already died. More than 1,800 perished at sea in the first five months of 2015*.

Other countries in the EU take on much larger numbers of migrant refugees even when considering capacity to do so**. ”
Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/264/119/557/

More Action you can take

If you have time please consider contacting David Cameron:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

Email: https://email.number10.gov.uk/

And or your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

These people need our help urgently; the UK should not turn its back on people who have been through so much, who are fleeing from war and persecution hoping to find safety not abandonment. The UK government has a moral obligation to direct funds to help refugees, sadly in recent years our governments seem to lack basic morality humanity and compassion. Health care and shelter should be a basic human right, the UK is a rich country and has the resources to supply medical and other aid. It is shameful that there are people seriously ill and not receiving medical care in rich countries such as the UK and France.

There is a lot of anti-immigration feeling among the misguided British Public that is nothing short of monstrous, shocking in the extreme. For an example of the lack of compassion to our fellow human beings from war-torn countries fleeing for their lives read the comments at the end of the article below.
http://cars.aol.co.uk/2015/07/31/department-for-transport-releases-calais-driving-advice/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl15%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D371839

At such times I am ashamed to be British, though a generality we appear to be a nation of xenophobic racists lacking compassion but displaying plenty of stupidity and ignorance fueled by right wing propaganda.

For a more realistic perspective please read the following article

“When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond this week not only repeated May’s claims about African economic migrants, but portrayed them as marauders who would soon hasten the collapse of European civilisation. Hammond, like many people, could do with some actual statistics about the migration crisis. Here are 10 of the key ones:

Please continue reading the 10 truths about the so-called immigration crisis:

10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/10/10-truths-about-europes-refugee-crisis  – again many of the comments at the end of the article convey public prejudice and lack of compassion. One person writes “You can call them what you like, Europe is being overwhelmed and it is not Europe’s responsibility to take on the world’s troubled.”

Besides the fact that  many of them – especially those from Eritrea, Darfur, and Somalia – have legitimate claims to refugee status don’t we have a moral responsibility?

The fact of the matter is that Cameron is not only not allowing refugees into the country he is actively thwarting their attempts to seek asylum.

Can’t we all learn to live together as one species, one country, one world. I am sick of all the hatred, the prejudice and discrimination. We are all human beings regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation religious persuasion or whatever prejudice misguided ignorant people can conjure up. Make no mistake were we all the same race, colour, gender, age and so on someone would find some difference albeit small to aim their misguided prejudice against.

The biggest enemy comes not from refugees or any one the other scapegoats targeted by government propaganda, even our own citizens if they happen to be unfortunate enough to need benefits,  as a distraction from the real cause of much of the misery in this country and indeed worldwide – namely capitalism and the greed of the one percent. Throughout the world the proliferation of wars, persecutions and increased poverty is a result of the capitalist crisis. Many people are desperate to escape their situation over which they are powerless and seek safety within the EU.

The UK and other rich nations caused the poverty that drives people from Africa and elsewhere to find a better life.

It is not “marauding” African migrants, but the UK and other wealthy nations that are threatening living standards and causing poverty for people in Africa and across the world. Sub-Saharan Africa loses $192bn to the rest of the world each year. In return it receives just $30bn back in aid. Whether it is our network of tax havens that allows the theft of billions from countries in Africa each year, the costs we save by recruiting health workers from the world’s poorest countries, the aid we give as loans which contribute to the looming debt crisis, or our carbon emissions which force African countries to pay out billions to adapt to the climate change we cause, it is the UK and our wealthy allies, not African migrants, doing the marauding.

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/10/uk-and-its-allies-are-the-real-marauders-not-african-migrants?CMP=share_btn_tw

Britain it seems has only welcomed immigrants when required for Labour.

Read a very revealing article about the history of  Britain’s immigration policies
Racism and immigration in Britain
http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj68/brown.htm

Time to stand up for what is right and speak out for the vulnerable.

Please sign all petitions if you have not already done so

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/866/382/203/

https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-david-cameron-mp-provide-urgent-medical-support-to-vulnerable-people-in-calais?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=366052&alert_id=ucQoLHdmPC_Cbapp9zz2XvpWmgrNepwzPu8QBHtZQNqVs8LbQ6vZW4%3D

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/264/119/557/

To end on a positive note please read the following which shows that people do care.

How grassroots groups are supporting Calais migrants
http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2015/aug/14/calais-migrant-how-grassroots-groups-are-helping?utm_source=change_org&utm_medium=petition

The Worldwide Tribe in Calais
https://www.facebook.com/theworldwidetribe

What life is like in the Calais migrant ‘jungle’ – by young Brit who visited them
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/what-life-like-calais-migrant-6233953

Related Links

The real criminals, however, are not immigrant workers, but the corporate chieftains and politicians who, in their insatiable lust for profits, plunder the natural resources of poor countries, set up sweatshops, and wage wars for oil and empire. It is their policies that create the grinding poverty and social breakdown throughout the neo-colonial world which forces millions to flee their home countries in search of work here.
http://www.socialistworld.net/doc/2255

Why refugee deaths in the Mediterranean are a global problem
http://fusion.net/story/124692/why-refugee-deaths-in-the-mediterranean-are-a-global-problem/

The New Global Capitalism and the War on Immigrants
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18623-the-new-global-capitalism-and-the-war-on-immigrants#

Please Help Stop Cruelty to Lambs

 

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Please read the following and take as much action as you can.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA have exposed horrendous cruel treatment of lambs including skinning them alive! This barbarity must be stopped, there is no place for such abuse in any modern society, there never has been.

Warming disturbing images

Please click the link below to send a message
http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/ There are more ideas for actions you can take further down including contact details for Patagonia and the wool supplier Ovis 21

I have included some of the information below for those of you who may not wish to view disturbing images. You can send the message included in the above link by clicking the Take Action button right at the top without the need to view the video or photographs.

Patagonia’s ‘Sustainable Wool’ Supplier Exposed: Lambs Skinned Alive, Throats Slit, Tails Cut Off

“A gut-churning PETA video exposé reveals that life is hell for lambs and other sheep exploited for so-called “responsibly sourced” wool on so-called “sustainable” farms. A witness found workers in Argentina hacking into fully conscious lambs, starting to skin some of them while they were still alive and kicking, and otherwise mutilating, abusing, and neglecting lambs and sheep on farms in the Ovis 21 network—Patagonia’s wool supplier.”

Workers picked up gentle lambs and—while they were fully conscious—tied their legs together, plunged knives into their throats, and sawed through their necks. Blood poured from the wounds as they kicked with their only free leg. Workers then snapped their heads backwards, apparently trying to break their necks.

Even after all that, some of the lambs still managed to cry out and gasp.

Minutes later, some lambs were still alive and kicking when a worker drove a knife into their legs to start skinning them. Eventually, they were hacked apart. Their organs were carved out of their bodies and their severed heads dumped into a bloody tub.

All this happened in full view of other lambs. They were just feet away and cried out in what must have been terror and severe distress. Older sheep—used for their wool, then no longer wanted—were lined up, tackled, and dragged away to be shipped to slaughter.

Please continue reading, includes a video, and send the message at the end of the webpage. You are warned that the content is upsetting in the extreme even reading about this brutality is disturbing, at least I found it so. I could not bring myself to watch the video.
http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/

Click the Take Action button to send the message, edit if you can in your own words for more impact, but either way please do send and share share share everywhere.

Patagonia Inc is an American outdoor clothing supplier, a company claiming that its wool is “responsibly sourced” and touting its commitment to sustainability and environmental values.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patagonia_(clothing)

Read PETA’s response to Patagonia’s Reaction to Horrifying Investigation of Its “Sustainable Wool” Supplier

“PETA’s response to Patagonia’s reaction to horrifying investigation of its “sustainable wool” supplier:

We’re disappointed that Patagonia will apparently continue to source wool from farms that you now know and admit treat sheep in an extremely cruel manner. You cannot “take responsibility” by simply posting something that admits that sheep are being grossly abused on the farms that you subsidize through your purchases. That is damage control, not taking responsibility. You are, in effect, telling your customers to keep right on buying because you will work with Ovis 21 to make needed corrections and improvements. To keep on buying while animals are being treated abominably is completely unethical.”

Read More:
http://www.peta.org/blog/read-petas-response-to-patagonias-reaction-to-horrifying-investigation-of-its-sustainable-wool-supplier/

More Action

Please consider contacting Patagonia and the wool supplier Ovis 21. 

Patagonia

USA website and contact details

http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=48728

On the above page is the following contact details,

EMAIL

customer_service@patagonia.com  – though meant for ordering please send an e-mail stating your objections to this horrific cruelty.

 
TWITTER
The link in their contacts page is not correct, below is the correct link
Write a letter to their Corporate Office:
CORPORATE OFFICEPatagonia
259 W Santa Clara st
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-8616

 

UK Website and Contact details

You are actually invited to rant and rave: “Got a question, comment, rant or rave?”

Do take up their invitation, but please do not be abusive. Includes a link to an e-mail form and telephone numbers – you can call free from 11 European countries.

Please write or phone :

http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enDK/patagonia.go?assetid=9066

Website UK
http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/home

Postal Address France:
Direct Sales Patagonia Europe
P.A.E. Les Glaisins
23, rue du Pré Faucon
74940 Annecy-Le-Vieux
FRANCE

Source:
http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/patagonia.go?assetid=9069

 

Ovis 21

Belgrano 1585, Trevelin (U9203ZAA)
Chubut, Argentina

info@ovis21.com

This contact information was found at the bottom of this page:

http://ovis21.com/en/

All cruelty to animals is shocking, unnecessary and frankly an evil that no civilised society should tolerate. I like many people abhor any exploitation, abuse or any negative interference with the life of any animal. Sometimes though you simply cannot help but be particularly horrified and shocked by some types of abuse that turns your stomach and brings tears to your eyes. The above is one such case in point and that is the horrendous cruelty of skinning gentle helpless lambs alive!

You cannot believe it can you, how cruel people can be.

Though the case above is particularly abusive please do always keep the following in mind:
“No matter where wool comes from, whether it’s “responsibly sourced” or from a “sustainable” farm, it’s the needless product of a cruel business. There is simply no way to raise and kill animals for the mass market in a humane way. To protect sheep from this abuse, please, refuse to buy wool. It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping. If it says “wool,” leave it on the shelf.”

Related Links concerning the cruelty and exploitation of sheep for wool and meat.

Cruelty of Australian Live Export
http://www.petaasiapacific.com/feature-Cruelty-of-Australian-Live-Export.asp

Wool
http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/wool.htm

The reality of sheep farming:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

The Hidden Lives of Sheep
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/hidden-lives-sheep/