Simon’s Supports Cruelty to Animals: Please Sign Petition.

 

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

SIMONS SUPPORTS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessorize a home with products containing wool or fur that has been ripped from the animals’ skin?,” asks PETA.

LA MAISON SIMONS, commonly known as SIMONS, a fashion retailer in CANADA based in the province of QUEBEC, will reply that many people want to because it continues to sell clothing and home accessories made of fur and angora wool from RABBITS WHO SCREAMED IN PAIN AND TERROR AS WORKERS RIPPED THE FUR OUT OF THEIR SKIN WHILE ALIVE EVERY THREE MONTHS. After several years, the rabbits who will survive this ordeal will be hung upside down and their throats be slit.

Please sign and share the petition to urge Fashion Retailer Simons to halt fur and angora sales.
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-fashion-retailer-simons-halt-fur-angora-sales/?utm_campaign=031816%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

And don’t forget to message Simons and comment on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Simons website
http://www.simons.ca/simons/

Simons on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/simons.ca

Simons on Twitter
https://twitter.com/simons_eng

 

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Please Sign Urgent Petition: Demand Sussex University supports student Luqman Onikosi against deportation! #DontDeportLuqman

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Please sign the following urgent petitions and take as much of the suggested actions as you can to help prevent the deportation from the UK of Luqman Onikosi who faces certain death from Hepatitus if he is forced to leave the country. Please sign today Luqman Onikosi could be deported at any time.

Please also write to the university of Sussex and the Home Office – details further down.

Petitions

Demand Sussex University supports student Luqman Onikosi against deportation! #DontDeportLuqman

“For Luqman, who was a student at the University of Sussex, deportation is a death sentence. He is chronically ill and the medication he needs to stay alive is not available in Nigeria, where his two brothers have already died from the same disease. If he is sent home, he too will die.

Luqman, who began at Sussex in 2007, was diagnosed with hepatitus B in 2009 and has since developed cirrhosis (a chronic liver condition). Due to his condition worsening, Luqman couldn’t work, lost his VISA and applied to stay on medical grounds. Whist waiting to hear of this outcome Luqman started a Masters. His second appeal to stay on the grounds of human rights was then rejected.

Instead of showing support for his case, the University of Sussex has revoked his student status.”

Please sign this petition to demand that the Home Office don’t send Luqman Onikosi to his death by deporting him, and that Sussex University support students who face unfair deportation.”

Please continue reading and sign and share the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/118/908/799/demand-sussex-university-supports-student-luqman-onisoki-against-deportation/?z00m=27563003    – As is always the case with care2 petitions anyone from any country may sign. So please everyone sign.

Also please sign and share the following government petition

Stop the deportation of Luqman Onikosi!
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121206
  – Unfortunately only British citizens or UK residents can sign this petition.

Further Actions

This is such a callous decision, to deport someone knowing that by doing so he will die is shocking, inhumane … Well actually words fail me. How anyone can make such a decision and sleep at night is beyond my comprehension. There is nothing that can ever justify such a heartless decision.There is no reason why this student cannot stay in the UK and continue his studies. A student spokesperson quoted in the Guardian said  “There isn’t really any medical doubt he would die through total organ failure without proper treatment. We just can’t believe the Home Office are doing this to him. We are outraged.”

Anyone from any country may of course take the actions below, so please everyone do as much as you can.

Please write to the University of Sussex

Please write to Sussex University and urge them to help Luqman Onikosi, who faces deportation to Nigeria and as a consequence death from hepatitisB.

Contact details

University of Sussex
Sussex House
Brighton
BN1 9RH
United Kingdom

Telephone numbers

UK: 01273 606755
International: +44 1273 606755

Email

information@sussex.ac.uk

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/contactus/

Send Sussex university a tweet

University of Sussex on Twitter

https://twitter.com/SussexUni?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Please write to the Home office 

Home Office

Direct communications unit
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. The minicom service is for members of the public with impaired hearing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

University of Susses on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/uniofsussex

#dontdeportluqman:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23dontdeportluqman

Related Links

Sussex University occupation: Over 400 lecturers sign letter of solidarity as support for Luqman Onikosi intensifies

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/sussex-university-occupation-over-400-lecturers-sign-letter-of-solidarity-as-support-for-luqman-a6924866.html

#dontdeportluqman:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23dontdeportluqman

Sirens of the Lambs A Moving Sculpture by Banksy

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

Please read and watch the videos.

SIRENS OF THE LAMBS

SIRENS OF THE LAMBS was a moving sculpture by BANKSY depicting a truck full of shrieking cuddly animals being taken to the slaughterhouse. It was designated to highlight the issue of animals farmed for their meat.

Banksy is an English-based graffiti artist, film director and political activist with unknown identity.

Banksy’s Official Website
http://banksy.co.uk/

Animal Abuser: Esperanza Aguirre

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

The Spanish aristocrat, politician and headhunter, ESPERANZA AGUIRRE, was President of the Community of Madrid from 2003 to 2012 for the corrupt right-wing Partido Popular (People’s Party) and now is the president of that party in Madrid and spokesperson of the Municipal People Group in the City of Madrid. She was even Minister of Education and Culture.

The woman is also a great supporter of animal cruelty in Spain, particularly of bullfighting. As president of Madrid, Aguirre financed bullfighting with public money and declared it of “cultural interest” as an argument to raise subsidies with money from the regional coffers. Only for 2012 her administration budgeted EUR 2.2 millions for “bullfighting affairs.”

In 2013, Esperanza Aguirre wrote “Los Toros” (“The bulls”), a mediocre article in Spanish language in which she glorifies bullfighting and for which she was awarded a prize of EUR 5.000 euros. In that article she says “the bull is the most beautiful animal in the world”. That is why the bull should be tortured and slaughtered Esperanza?

Also, she became the first Spanish woman to date to have been awarded an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in February 2004. She, as her admired David Cameron, enjoys the bloody sport of fox hunting.

The video below shows Esperanza Aguirre watching two Spanish teenagers training in the Escuela de Tauromaquia de Madrid, one of the tauromachy schools she subsided when she was President of the Community of Madrid and continues to support. “Madrid is and will remain the world capital of bullfighting,” Aguirre wrote.

And you, Esperanza, are and will remain an animal abuser.
https://www.facebook.com/esperanzaaguirre/videos/10153302231399217/?pnref=story

ESPERANZA AGUIRRE WEBSITE
http://esperanza.ppmadrid.es/

ESPERANZA AGUIRRE ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/esperanzaaguirre/?fref=ts

ESPERANZA AGUIRRE ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/esperanzaguirre

“Los toros” (“The bulls”)
http://esperanza.ppmadrid.es/los-toros/

Another Vicious Attack on UK Benefits

We are a step closer to the end of the welfare system in the UK as this vile government once again deals a savage blow to sick and disabled people as £30 is cut from Employment and Support Allowance ( ESA), a benefit given to disabled people in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) whom the government considers may be able to work at some future time. I must point out that many in this group deemed fit to work at some point are not necessarily able to do so and are in many cases seriously sick and disabled.

The planned cut was delayed by peers in the House of Lords but finally and inevitably this government got it’s own way and yet another social injustice comes into being which will seriously affect the lives of people for whom day-to-day existence is already a huge struggle as the existing benefit is already inadequate. The government says that the cuts will incentivize disabled people to work!  Disabled and sick people may well wish to work but are too ill to do so, incentives, or more like coercion,  cannot make seriously ill people work if the are just too sick or disabled to do so. In fact charities have warned that the cut will make it more difficult for people with illness or disability to find work and many struggle to afford the basics of food, heating and shelter even on the current rate of benefit.

“We’re deeply disappointed that the Government is pushing ahead with its plans despite opposition from the House of Lords and many MPs.

“Half a million disabled people will be affected by this proposal – losing around £30 a week – at a time when they are already struggling to make ends meet.

“Reducing disabled people’s incomes won’t incentivise them to find a job. It will just make life harder
Elliot Dunster Scope

More information

Tories force through ESA disability benefit cuts as Lords run out of options to block them

“One peer described today as a “black day for disabled people” as Peers were forced to accept cuts to Employment Support Allowance”

Cruel cuts to benefits for sick and disabled people will now go ahead, after Lords were forced to back down in their opposition to Government plans.

Ministers were twice defeated by Peers over plans to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week.

But the measure was today pushed through the upper chamber, in what Lord Low described as a “black day for disabled people.”

Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith wants to cut sick and disabled peoples’ ESA from £102.15 to £73.10 a week from April 2017 – equal to jobseeker’s allowance – if they are deemed fit for “work-related activity”.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-force-through-esa-disability-7512289

The government are simply hacking away at our welfare system bit by bit until it exists no more and the progress of the last sixty or so years will be gone and forgotten.

Jobseeker’s allowance of just £ 73.10 is not adequate for the unemployed to live on, it is not adequate for disabled and sick people to live on. No one can exist on such a small income. While greedy MPs many of whom are millionaires accept huge pay rises they dock the income of people who are already poor and struggling to make ends meet. It is disgusting, bloody outrageous and I cannot understand why few voices are raised condemning this injustice! As a result of government welfare reforms it’s a frightening time to be sick and disabled in today’s UK. What is even more frightening is the lack of support from the public as so few speak out against this gross injustice to our most vulnerable citizens, rather in the same way that few spoke out against the Nazis attack on disabled people prior to World War 2. The UK is a rich country, the problem is the wealth is in the hands of a few greedy individuals and things have to change, it is not right that some people accrue millions and are fabulously rich while others have nothing, are hungry, cold and often destitute. Four more years of this hell and we can wave goodby to the our welfare system and turn the clock back to Victorian times

We must not allow this to happen. Make your outrage known –  if you are not outraged why not????? This could happen to anyone at anytime, sickness and disability can befall us unexpectedly, no one is exempt from this possibility.

Please Take Action

Click the link below for a list of the names of all the MPs who forced these cuts through and voted for this unfair reduction in income to vulnerable people. If one of them is your MP or even if they are not please write and tell them what you think concerning this deeply unfair and unjust cut in benefits for people who are sick and disabled. Please write to as many MPs as you can, politely but strongly convey your outrage

These are all the MPs who voted to force through the ESA disability benefit cut:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/esa-wrag-disability-benefit-cut-disabled-mps-vote-tories-iain-duncan-smith-a6918556.html

Please click the above link for the complete list and write to as many MPs as you can

You will find contact details of all MPs on the list by clicking the link below:

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

Be sure to write to David Cameron:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

Email Number 10

“The Prime Minister’s office is interested to hear from you and you can email us using the link above. All emails are read and we will do our best to ensure you receive a response. Where appropriate, we will forward your email to the relevant government department for the matters you raise.”

You can also write to the following address:

10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/prime-ministers-office-10-downing-street

Not all Tory MPs approve the cut

Tory MP Heidi Allen explains why she’s defying her party to oppose ESA benefit cuts
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-heidi-allen-explains-7480573

Tory MP defies Iain Duncan Smith to vote against ESA welfare cuts – and begs colleagues to join her
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-defies-iain-duncan-7480632

If you look at the list of MPs Heidi Allen’s name is not included. This gives some small hope that even for Tory MPs there is a limit to which they will not go beyond. So it is worth writing to MPs on the list.

In the comment section of the Independents MPs list someone raises the following question:

Although this cut will only impact on new claimants, how long until we’re all re-assessed and found fit-for work?

This is something I have considered myself and no doubt everyone on ESA will be thinking along the same lines. Will future assessments be rigged to make sure people are found fit for work so when they next apply for ESA they will only get it at the reduced rate.

Here is more of this person’s comment

They’ve already attacked means to appeal and financial support during appeal, many of us can’t claim JSA due to severity of our disabilities, and now even if we get back on ESA we’re going to see a huge loss to our income. Just remember that £30 is a LOT of money to us…for example after paying minimum to priority bills that would leave me with ZERO for food, travel to appointments, assistive technology, etc. so how does that help me into work?! 

Demand to Know the Truth About the Cuts Affecting Sick and Disabled People

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If you do not have time to read anything else at least please sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/politicians-ian-duncan-smith-come-clean-about-cuts-affecting-disabled-people  – this petition which has been round for a while needs a further 1000 signatures. International visitors please add your name to the petition, it is time this vile government is made aware of what the rest of the world think of its treatment of vulnerable people. There are more suggestions for actions you can take further down.

The injustice of austerity measures to reduce the supposed deficit has fallen disproportionately on our most vulnerable citizens and it has to stop. We cannot allow this gross injustice to continue unchallenged for another four years, though even by that time it may never be challenged! We cannot accept the vile attack on sick and disabled people as part of the normal state of affairs in this country, we cannot allow the clock to be turned back to a time before the inception of the welfare state when sick and disabled people were left to the mercy of charities which however well-meaning cannot adequately provide the appropriate financial support and other requirements. There is no place in any just society for charity. Sadly the UK is not  a truly just society, it never has been but it was hell of a lot better than what we have today. I would have hoped that the previous decades of progress would continue – this is surely what most reasonable people would expect . It has never been easy living on state benefits but now the situation is even more dire since Tory cut backs and punitive changes to methods of claiming.

People with disabilities and long-term sickness have been targeted 9 times more than most other citizens and people needing social care 19 times more than most other people:

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/briefing-on-how-cuts-are-targeted.html

While the rich here in the UK have seen their finances rise and their tax cut, people on disability benefits have been driven to poverty as a result of vicious cuts to welfare including sanctions leaving many with no income at all.

Yet who cares? Who stands up for the sick and disabled, the homeless, the unemployed and the low paid? Few it seems led astray by biased Tory led media propaganda.

I would like to believe that if the majority knew the truth of the matter that they would be outraged and more willing to take action to bring about change before it is too late.

Please take action and sign the following petition if you have not done so already.

Come clean about cuts affecting disabled people

“As disabled people we’ve spent the last five years enduring attack after attack-we’ve fought back in any way we can. But fear and anxiety are now part of everyday life. Over the past five years we’ve seen our support and whatever security and peace of mind we once had being slowly and methodically being stripped from us .Through a combination of ‘reform’ and the notion of austerity we have been hit by cuts and have borne the brunt of the Coalitions ideological determination to reduce the welfare state.”

“Please, oppose any further cuts to vital support for disabled people and those with chronic health conditions by signing with us below.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/politicians-ian-duncan-smith-come-clean-about-cuts-affecting-disabled-people

Please scroll down for more suggested action

While it might seem futile to petition this vile man (Ian Duncan Smith) who is leading the onslaught of cuts it is time he knew that there are some of us who care, who want a fair deal for our most vulnerable citizens and who are not about to keep quiet and allow this grave social injustice to continue without at least speaking out. 

So please sign the above petition, it’s time that people knew the truth, the Tories are determined to destroy the welfare state, reduce sick and disabled people to poverty and destitution in order to set the clock back to a time we all thought had been consigned to history. I see a time when the welfare state will cease to exist whittled away little by little by new waves of cuts, such as the planned £12 billion benefits cut and proposed cuts of 21 billion by 2020.

One poster in the graphic above asks “Where are the United Nations?” Indeed where the hell are they, what became of the bedroom tax inquiry by UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik on the right to adequate housing. Ms Rolnik said the bedroom tax had left poor tenants facing “hard choices between food, heating or paying the rent”, resulting in them feeling “targeted and forced to give up their neighbourhoods, their carers and their safety net.” Note: Two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax include a disabled person.

What become of the UNs condemnation of the UK regarding human rights in connection with their policies concerning sick and disabled people. Back in 2014 the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said it was conducting a confidential inquiry into the “grave and systematic violations” of the human rights of disabled people in the UK. https://www.opendemocracy. net/ourkingdom/stuart-weir/ britain-faces-un- investigation-over-systemic- violations-of-disability- rights

Here is the most recent information that I could find which says that: Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ confidential investigation into effects of coalition’s welfare cuts will not publish report until 2017

UN inquiry considers alleged UK disability rights violations

The findings of a UN inquiry investigating alleged violations of disabled people’s human rights in the UK as a result of welfare reforms will not be published for two years, the Guardian has learned.

The UN launched its confidential investigation at aclosed hearing in London on 14 October, at which UN officials took evidence on the effects of welfare cuts from UK campaigners, lawyers and disability service users.

The inquiry by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(CRPD) marks the the first time a country has been investigated by the committee over human rights breaches.

Read More:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/20/un-inquiry-uk-disability-rights-violations-cprd-welfare-cuts

Twenty-seventeen!!!!!  The process was initiated in May 2012. What takes them so long, this is only the publication of the report, goodness knows when any real action if any will finally be taken. What about the devastation misery and suffering to vulnerable people in the meantime?????  – note the following from the article above: “Although the UK government has to accept the findings of the final UN report, there is no legal obligation for it to act on it.”

Don’t hesitate to write to the UN and ask to know what is happening regarding the UN inquiries into the bedroom tax and the UK’s violations of human rights. You might not get a response but write all the same.

Contact Details:
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=175

http://www.un.org/disabilities/

Instead of blaming the bankers and the greedy rich whose wealth has grown while the rest of us suffer austerity, this corrupt government have targeted the most vulnerable in our society labelling them scroungers in what amounts to Nazi style propaganda against genuinely sick and disabled people whose lives are already difficult and who deserve support not condemnation, poverty and destitution. Shame on this government of millionaires which supports the rich at the expense of the poor, the sick and the disabled.

Cerrado (Closed Down)

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

CERRADO (CLOSED DOWN)

Europe is a decadent continent. Cruelty to animals in zoos or public performances are supported by millions of citizens there. Even that cruelty receives subsidy from governments or local companies.

Denmark and Spain are only two examples of decadent European countries. Animals in Danish zoos are slaughtered and dissected publicly on behalf of science, with the support of many Danes (obviously, without the support of many citizens in Denmark, those crimes wouldn’t be possible). And even though bullfighting is declining in Spain, it is still a popular spectacle that is subsidized by right-wing and some left-wing governments and promoted by the Spanish media.

In some South American countries the situation is different. Performances with animals and zoos are increasingly unpopular. For example, in Uruguay. The zoo of Paysandú, in the capital of Paysandú Department in western Uruguay, has been closed down for good by decision of its Mayor, Guillermo Caraballo, after a request of the Uruguayan animal rights organization, AMIGOS DE LOS ANIMALES. The former zoo will be transformed into a botanical garden and recreational and sports space. Some of its animals will be moved to a local sanctuary and farm animals will be adopted by the Uruguayan animal rights organization, ANIMALES SIN HOGAR.

More zoos will be closed down in next months in Uruguay.

http://www.eltelegrafo.com/index.php?id=108363&seccion=locales

AMIGOS DE LOS ANIMALES ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Amigos-de-los-Animales-441162782745411/

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR
https://www.facebook.com/AnimalesSinHogar/?fref=ts

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/ASHcomUY