Ask NARS Cosmetics to Stop Testing Its’ Products on Animals.

“I believe I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. It is so distinctly a matter of feeling with me, and is so strong and so deeply-rooted in my make and constitution, that I am sure I could not even see a vivisector vivisected with anything more than a sort of qualified satisfaction. I do not say I should not go and look on; I only mean that I should almost surely fail to get out of it the degree of contentment which it ought, of course, to be expected to furnish.”
Mark Twain – Letter to London Anti-Vivisection Society, May 26, 1899

The most sad aspect of the modern age is that almost anyone will do anything for money. To increase profit – what other explanation is
there – NARS Cosmetics have decided to test their products on animals.

You can help stop cosmetic testing on rabbits and other animals by signing and sharing the following petition.

Until recently NARS cosmetics has been committed to creating products without animal testing. Now, NARS has decided to test its products on animals so they can sell them in China.

Urge NARS to choose compassion over profit by signing and sharing this petition:

NARS: Stick With Commitment to Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

“NARS cosmetics is a popular cosmetics brand that has been committed to creating products without animal testing. Unfortunately, in order to sell products in China, brands must test on animals. Instead of forgoing opening to the Chinese market, NARS has decided to test products on animals so they can sell in China.”

Please continue reading and sign petition:
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/377/823/536/nars-stick-with-commitment-to-cruelty-free-cosmetics/?TAP=1732

Please urge NARS to keep their commitment not to test on animals. Testing on animals is cruel and immoral and now not necessary, profit is likely the sole motivation.

More Action

You might also like to contact NARS, this is their customer service email address for technical support from their website:
uk@narscosmetics.eu.   This appears to be the only contact information readily available:
http://narscosmetics.co.uk/en_GB/customer-care.html

Has anyone noticed how difficult it is to contact manufacturers and retailers, often the contact details are well hidden and aimed at specifcs like customer service.

You might like to contact them by letter or phone:

I Googled NARS Head office address:

Here is their address in the UK

100 New Oxford St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1HB
NARS Cosmetics Head Office, Address
Phone020 7313 5580
USA
Phone Number:
(212) 941-0890

Address:

900 3rd Ave Fl 6
New York, New York 10022-4792
United States

It is absolutely appalling  that NARS has chosen to take this course of action in order to boost profits rather than take a stand against China’s laws.

Read more about this issue

Rabbits Are NOT Test Subjects – Tell NARS to Go Cruelty-Free!

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/tell-nars-to-go-cruelty-free/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=66071cf590-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-66071cf590-107260621

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First Vegan Cinema Advert

“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”

Albert Schweitzer

This is such great news, a step towards ending the cruelty of farming, the systematic rearing torture and slaughter of sentient beings for a food that is not natural, eaten to please the appetite.

“In September 2017, Viva! launched a campaign to raise enough money to bring the first VEGAN cinema ad to the UK. One month and over 1,400 donations later, we smashed the goal! The cinema ad launched nationwide on 1st December 2017. See below to find out how you can see it on the big screen!”
VIVA Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals

Above is the UK’s first ever VEGAN CINEMA AD launched Friday 1st December 2017

How can you watch the Ad?

For more information and to view the list of cinemas the ad is being shown and find out which films to see:
https://www.viva.org.uk/bring-hope-to-millions#showings

Don’t forget to click the following link if you have not already done so to access lots of help and advice about how to change to a vegan diet. Includes recipes, information about where to shop and to eat out. Also more about Hope the mother pig in the above video.

Easy Vegan
https://www.viva.org.uk/easyvegan

More about rescued mother pig and her piglets

Also be sure to read Hopes Story and view rescue video
https://www.viva.org.uk/hopes-story

A happier life now for Hope and her piglets rescued from the nightmare of factory farming.

Below is an example of the horror that exists for pigs like Hope and other farm animals: sheep, cows, poultry &  rabbits

After watching the film below I am sure you will agree this is hell on earth.

“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.”
Plutarch

If you eat meat you are complicit!

Meat is not a natural part of the human diet and comes from the suffering and death of billions of sentient beings like Hope and her piglets

Please consider changing to a vegan diet.

Warning graphic images

MATADERO (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)

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

MATADERO (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)

Tras los Muros is a project for animal liberation.
MATADERO is a documentary film from Tras Los Muros about an investigation into 58 Mexican slaughterhouses between the 2015 and 2017 years.

The film shows the systematic cruelty the animals suffer in slaughterhouses, which is deliberately hidden by the meat packing industry.

Warning: Some people may find the images included in the video and the articles very disturbing.

Signing into YouTube maybe required to watch this video

Mataderos en México: investigación en el corazón de la industria cárnica. (In spanish)

“Casi nadie toleraría que los animales considerados de compañia, —perros, gatos, etc— fueran tratados como los animales considerados de granja, e intentaría evitar su abuso o matanza. Muchas personas sienten repulsión e indignación cuando conocen que en otros lugares del mundo se consume, por ejemplo, carne de perro. Pero al mismo tiempo no parece importarles que se consuma carne de vaca, cerdo, o pollo. Quizás pensemos que los animales nos importan, pero en realidad son solo algunos de ellos. Quizás no somos consientes de lo que sucede verdaderamente en granjas y mataderos. O quizás nunca hemos querido pensar con profundidad en ello.

He estado más de seis meses infiltrándome en mataderos y, sin poder mostrar mi repulsión ni casi inmutarme, he tenido que ser testigo de todo el horror de aquellos sitios y de las atrocidades perpetradas contra los animales con el único fin de mostrarte lo que sucede allí realmente.

Ahora te pido que hagas un esfuerzo y mires.”

Please continue reading the complete article:
http://traslosmuros.com/mataderos-rastros-mexico-investigacion.php

Google translation of the extraction above. You can use Google or other translator to read the entire article:

“Almost no one would tolerate that the considered companion animals, -dogs, cats, etc- were treated like the farm animals , and would try to avoid their abuse or killing.”Many people feel revulsion and indignation when they know that other parts of the world consume, for example, dog meat. But at the same time, they do not seem to care if beef, pork, or chicken is consumed. We may think that animals matter to us, but in reality they are just some of them. Maybe we are not aware of what really happens in farms and slaughterhouses. Or maybe we’ve never wanted to think deeply about it. “I have been infiltrating slaughterhouses for more than six months and, without being able to show my repulsion or getting upset, I have had to witness all the horror of those places and the atrocities perpetrated against animals for the sole purpose of showing you what really happens there”

Now I ask you to make an effort and look.”

You might also find the following interview with a slaughterhouse worker revealing though very shocking.

Entrevista a trabajador de un matadero (in Spanish)

(Interview with worker of a slaughterhouse)

http://traslosmuros.com/blog/entrevista-trabajador-matadero

Happy Thanksgiving – But Please Leave Turkey Off Your Plate

Happy Thanksgiving,  please celebrate this day with compassion.

To provide you with a traditional Thanksgiving meal 45 million turkeys have to die.  It is impossible to image the full extent of this horror as you sit down to eat a roast that doesn’t really resemble a living creature. An intelligent sentient feeling being who only a matter of weeks ago, or maybe even only a few days if your turkey is fresh not frozen, lived and breathed and was aware, aware of  the pain and suffering he or she endured in a factory farm,  the extent of which despite shocking videos many people still fail to fully comprehend.

This Thanksgiving please choose life over death, kindness over cruelty and leave turkey off your plate.

Suggestions for vegan roast alternatives to turkey
https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-roasts-to-make-your-holidays-even-happier/    –    Tomorrow make your Thanksgiving meal and celebration a more positive happier cruelty-free event knowing that no sentient creature had to suffer and die for your celebration.

This Thanksgiving celebrate turkeys as friends not food and adopt a turkey

Mckenna Grace Stands Up for Turkeys: “I Would Rather Love Them Than Eat Them”

Find out how you can adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary
https://www.farmsanctuary.org/adopt-a-turkey/ 

I don’t think the majority of people would intentionally harm an animal, but if you eat meat including turkey you are contributing to the cruelty and death of billions of sentient beings who feel pain and suffer as you do. If you sit down to turkey at Thanksgiving you are complicit in the death of these sentient creatures, who are full of life, intelligent, curious, sensitive and brave: Benjamin Franklin referred to turkeys as “a bird of courage. He suggested that the turkey rather than the eagle be the national symbol of the US.

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

Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.

Tradition and habits are hard to break but once you have you then wonder why you waited so long before doing so, particularly if your actions were causing harm. I am not from the US and don’t celebrate thanksgiving of course but the same problem returns for us all in about one month’s time at Christmas, when yet again turkey is a meal that is eaten traditionally or habitually. I am ashamed to say now that it took a few Christmases to realize that it does not matter what you eat as long as it does no harm to any animal.

I recall many years ago during the run up to Christmas while queuing in the butchers feeling very uncomfortable as I thought about ordering a Turkey. It occurred to me that by doing so I was condemning one particular turkey to death. This concept occurred to me more keenly than such would perhaps be experienced if I had gone to our local supermarket and bought one straight from the freezer section. But no my family always had a fresh turkey for Christmas. I salved my anxiety and indeed my conscience by telling myself that if I did not order a turkey than someone else would. But such thinking was not in the least convincing as of course no matter who else bought a turkey, my ordering a turkey would of course result in the death of a particular turkey somewhere along the line. Nonetheless I am ashamed to say, it took a few more years to finally make the decision to become vegetarian, this delay was mostly due to habit and what I now consider was very shallow thinking or rather not thinking. It seemed that Christmas would not be Christmas without a turkey. Thinking it seems is the key, or rather not thinking, which results in the perpetuation of an omnivorous diet, a diet consisting of meat and vegetables, a diet to which most people in the west are accustomed. I think few people intend to be cruel and they do so simply because of thoughtlessness. And again I am now ashamed to say  it took a few more years after the initial thought to become vegetarian and eventually vegan, though the concern over meat eating had been present to some degree since childhood.

From early childhood I had questioned to some extent the eating of  animals for food. My mother told me that once as a young child I was given a book with a story about a turkey, a book I thoroughly enjoyed and one which was read to me over and over and that all through Christmas dinner that year I cried “poor turkey, poor turkey” and would not eat a thing. I guess even at a young age the incongruity of books telling stories about animals and sitting down to eat one was obvious and that adults seemed unaware of such inconsistencies was also plainly bizarre. The problem being that as children we knew that killing and eating an animal was wrong, we just knew didn’t we that animals had lives of their own, where sentient and that they felt pain and wished to live. We didn’t need scientific validation, this is something we all knew as did our parents when they were young, yet they enforced meat eating as did their parents.

If you are in any doubt here is the reality of the cruelty behind your Thanksgiving dinner:

Warning some graphic images.

What Happens to Turkeys Used for Food Will Break Your Heart
https://www.peta2.com/news/turkey-industry/?utm_source=peta2::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=1117::gen::peta2::E-Mail::P2%20Cynthia%20Thanksgiving%20Recap%20EA::::p2%20e-news

More information from a recent blog post about the reality of suffering for turkeys to provide you with Thanksgiving and Christmas celebratory meals. Includes alternative recipe suggestions;
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/keep-turkey-off-your-plate-this-christmas/

Please leave turkey off your plate tomorrow and every future Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Keep Turkey off Your Plate This Christmas

Christmas is coming and along with it it’s usual over indulgence and the massacre of sentient beings, mostly turkeys, to celebrate the birth of a person venerated worldwide as a man of peace.

Yet the meal most people sit down to on Christmas day is anything but peaceful and amounts to a blood bath of millions of sentient beings.

Here is the reality concerning the cruelty behind your Christmas dinner.

In the USA more than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Annually 300 million turkeys are raised and killed for their flesh in the United States with no federal legal protection which exposes them to wicked and unimaginable cruelty. Besides no creature wants to die and no creature needs die to provide you at any time with a food that is not natural.

Turkeys Used for Food

“Ben Franklin called turkeys “true American originals.” He had tremendous respect for their resourcefulness, agility, and beauty. Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 18 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.”

But the story is very different for turkeys on factory farms:

Continue reading
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/

Please watch the video below if you haven’t already done so in the above link:

This will put you off your Christmas dinner, if it doesn’t what does that say about the type of person you are.

Warning

Yes it is upsetting and if you are a sensitive caring person who doesn’t eat tortured dead animals then you probably do not need to watch. But if you are thinking of sitting down to turkey roast on Christmas day this undercover video is vital viewing.

“Undercover investigator shows the public how chicken and turkeys are really treated before they reach your grocery store.”

Please read the following:

17 Reasons to Pass on Turkey This Year
https://www.peta.org/features/reasons-pass-turkey-year/

Ask yourself is your Christmas dinner worth all this suffering?

If the answer is no click the Pledge Vegan button in the link above and change to a vegan diet.

If you think that the above cruelty happens only in the USA think again – sadly more harrowing horrors and shocking cruelty to sentient beings occurs in the UK.

“Undercover footage of the conditions in which turkeys are reared on six farms – including two of the UK’s biggest producers. The video shows overcrowded sheds, dead and dying birds, animals with gaping wounds, birds with one half of their beak removed and cannibalism. The companies involved are Bernard Matthews (the biggest turkey producer in Europe), Kerry Foods (owners of Home Pride, Mattessons Walls and Greens), and farms in Braintree, Sevenoaks, Chichester and Devon.”

Here in the UK 10 million turkeys are massacred at Christmas – a total of 15 million all year round.

Check out the following link and take action

DOOR-DROP FOR TURKEYS THIS CHRISTMAS!

https://www.viva.org.uk/turkeys/leafletorder

If you don’t think Turkeys are aware of what is happening to them, think again.

Turkeys are sentient beings

Please read the short interview below.

Poultry Sentience and Intelligence

From an Interview with Dr. Ian Duncan, Professor of Poultry Ethology
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada
https://www.upc-online.org/thinking/sentient.html

Turkeys have  zest for living, they are also affectionate and sociable, please watch these videos.

All this Turkey wants to do is cuddle

How could you kill and eat such a sweet gentle creature – if you eat turkeys you are of course responsible for their death, you are COMPLICIT in the cruelty depicted in the above videos.

The above video contains a small number of disturbing scenes.

The above video contains a small number of disturbing scenes.

Article about sentience in Turkeys from my website:

Sentience in Farm Animals Poultry Turkeys

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

Like your dog Turkeys are highly intelligent animals.

Here’s some great news, Turkeys are in short supply for Christmas here in the UK!!!!!!

Christmas could be CANCELLED as turkey shortage hits Britain
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/878993/Christmas-2017-dinner-turkey-cancelled-farmer-shortage-Britain-festive-food

Consider if you can’t give up eating a turkey for Christmas day, even though there is much cruelty and suffering involved, well maybe you should consider your health:

“The predicted shortage comes as a result of the outbreak of Avian Flu experienced across Europe last year and the knock-on effect of rearing restrictions that meant fewer turkeys, and other birds, were bred.”

The above article also included the following:

 “Recent research, conducted by Quorn, revealed that 61% of Brits are already eating meat free dishes week in, week out and 83% of families are now enjoying a meat free dinner at least once a week.”

Don’t replace turkey with chicken, goose or any other living being, do the right thing and celebrate Christmas by going vegan 

Here are some ideas for a cruelty free Christmas and real peace on earth to all beings, not just human beings. Whether you’re religious, Christian or other religion, this is what religion should be about, namely bringing  peace and harmony to earth for all creatures, not death, torture and misery.

Celebrate a vegan Holiday
https://www.peta.org/living/food/celebrate-vegan-holiday/

From the vegan society

Our top ten Christmas recipe picks – My family and I enjoy number 8, a delicious trifle ideal for boxing day

https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/10-best-vegan-christmas-recipes

Entering a search in your favourite search engine such as Vegan Christmas Recipes will result in hundreds of delicious animal free, cruelty free, vegan recipes.

Animals Australia asks you to take a pledge to go Vegan this Christmas

Pledge to add delicious meat-free dishes to your menu this Christmas

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/kinder-christmas

 

Tories Out: Help Stop Universal Credit

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

Hubert H. Humphrey

With all the Brxit chaos, the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society –  including disabled people and the low paid – seems to be increasingly overlooked. This, one of the greatest social injustices of our time, means an additional 400,000 children in the UK will be pushed into poverty by benefit changes, including the roll-out of Universal Credit

The study found that the freeze on most working-age benefits will see around 7.5 million low income households have their benefit entitlements cut by more than £500 per year in real terms. The limiting of tax credits and universal credit to two children will leave some low income families with £2,500 less in benefits than they otherwise would have received, the report says.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/02/400000-children-pushed-into-poverty-by-benefit-changes-and-universal-credit-roll-out-7049382/?ito=cbshare

Before continuing please take the following actions to end Universal Credit

Petitions

Two petitions from 38degrees

Abolish Universal Credit
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/abolish-universal-credit

Pause the rollout of Universal Credit
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/universal-credit-pause

Petition from the Labour party
Theresa May: pause and fix Universal Credit now
https://donation.labour.org.uk/page/s/universal-credit

More suggested actions further down

The reality of Universal Credit (UC) as a mother of two is unable to pay her rent, forced to use a food bank, choose between gas and electricty and take out a £900 debt as a result of delays in payment

Mum-of-two reveals Universal Credit delays forced her to choose between gas and electricity while relying on foodbanks to feed children
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-two-reveals-universal-credit-11453141

Even severely disabled people are not exempt, in fact one of the policy’s most shameful parts is barely being noticed: the hidden cut being forced on some of Britain’s most severely disabled people. Philip, mentioned in the article below, who has multiple disabilities is losing £40 per week after changing to UC. He cannot afford to eat properly and skips meals which is affecting is health. He now has rent arrears of over £450.

This article shows the hidden cut being forced on some of Britain’s most severely disabled people.

Universal credit’s hidden cut pushes disabled people into poverty
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/31/universal-credit-pushing-disabled-people-into-poverty

Note the following from the article above:
“Up to half a million disabled people like Philip and their families will be financially worse off under universal credit, according to disability charities, through the removal of the disability premiums, as well as cuts to child disability payments, which could affect 100,000 children at an annual loss of £1,000. Ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and it states that the support given by SDP is now provided through personal independence payments, (Pip) and social care from local councils, and that “transitional protection” will be available when disabled people are moved from ESA on to universal credit in 2019. But press further, and it turns out that cash-strapped local authorities have no obligation to provide support. And there is no help for disabled people like Philip who are transferred early.”

Concerning the treatment of disabled people a UN inquiry has said that the tories have created a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in the UK. The UN report has stated that the UK government have committed “grave” and “systematic” violations of human rights . 

For more detail please read the following from The Canary

“Here are some of the main criticisms :

  • The UK government has forced through reforms with no regard for the rights of disabled people.

  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “processed rather than listened to or understood” disabled people during Work Capability Assessments (WCA).

  • The WCA gave disabled people significant “anxiety” and “financial, material and psychological hardship”.

  • The Conservatives had introduced reforms that had evidently caused “high levels of stress, anxiety and depression”.

    The UNCRPD was also critical of the Conservatives’:

  • Cuts to Legal Aid.
  • Failures to monitor how reforms were affecting disabled people.
  • Welfare Reform Act 2012; specifically that it broke set international conventions on disabled people’s rights.
  • WCA not recognising the complexity of disabled people’s conditions.

No independence

The report also specifically noted that the UK government had violated rights due to:

  • The Bedroom Tax.

  • Changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

  • Cuts to social care.

  • The abolition of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

  • Caps on benefits.

Be sure to read the full details concerning the UN’s damning indictment of the UK’s treatment of sick and disabled people:

BREAKING: The UN has just accused the Tories of creating a ‘human catastrophe’ in the UK
https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/08/24/breaking-un-just-accused-tories-creating-human-catastrophe-uk/

Read about the controversial roll out of universal credit which with its seven weeks wait for payment of benefits  – sometimes 60 days if there are delays –  has left people unable to pay their rent, needing to resort to food banks and eventually getting into debt resulting in poverty and distress.

Severely disabled people will lose as much as £78.35 per week.

When faced with some difficult questions, this Tory minister’s silence over the DWP was deafening [VIDEO]

‘Deeply flawed’

But Paula Peters from DPAC does not think UC is “working”, as the DWP says it is. She told The Canary:

UC will cause extreme poverty and distress for millions of claimants. Conditionality under UC will be the order of the day. And if claimants are unable to meet the stringent demands under the Claimant Commitment they will be sanctioned.

Under UC disabled people will find they will miss out on transition protection, and in many cases treated as a new claim. This means that severely disabled people stand to lose £78.35 per week, as UC has no severe disability or enhanced disability premium. This will plunge disabled people further into poverty. Research has already shown that the additional cost of being disabled is £500 a month, and with the removal of social security payments disabled people are unable to meet these costs.

But calling for UC to be paused does not go far enough. This system is deeply flawed and will cause, and is causing, mass distress and harm. It needs to be scrapped.

Read More:

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/10/07/faced-difficult-questions-tory-ministers-silence-dwp-deafening-video/

Below is an important damning quote from Thersea Degener chair Of UN committee on the rights of people with disabilities not reported by the media

Here are more real life accounts of the devastating affects of the Tories welfare reforms

Mum and new baby face Christmas eviction after WCA ‘nightmare

“A disabled woman with a new baby is set to be evicted a fortnight before Christmas because the Department for Work and Pensions stopped her benefits when she failed to attend a “fitness for work” test she had not been told about.”

“The mother-of-two said last night (Wednesday) that she felt as though she had been living through a “nightmare”.

She had previously had seven miscarriages, before giving birth through IVF to her first son Harrison, who is now three, and Edward, who was conceived naturally.

She said the ordeal DWP had put her through felt like “someone is standing on your head and pushing you under water”.

She said: “I feel numb by the whole ease with which they can destroy somebody.

“I know that some people have committed suicide [in situations like this]and I can totally see how something like that can happen. The system is so cruel.”

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mum-and-new-baby-face-christmas-eviction-after-wca-nightmare/

‘Selling everything’ because of universal credit

Holly Sargent first applied for universal credit eight months ago.

But administrative problems and her vulnerable mental health means 10 applications later she has still not received the benefit.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-41590794/selling-everything-because-of-universal-credit

One poor women is expected to live on just one penny per month as a result of a UC Sanction, impossible of course.

Distraught pregnant woman must survive on 1p a month due to Universal Credit sanction
http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/19/distraught-pregnant-woman-must-survive-on-1p-a-month-due-to-universal-credit-sanction-7011899/?ito=cbshare

From top graduate to fleeing a bedsit – how Universal Credit nearly destroyed me

I waited months for Universal Credit. Then my landlord kicked me out and I was forced to move in with a man I didn’t know.

“Where are you living right now?”

“I’m just staying on his floor for now. It’s a bit dodgy because I have to leg it every Friday when the landlord’s son comes to collect the rent – he can’t know I’m living here.”

“You’d definitely be a priority for a place in refuge. How soon can you get here?”

I blinked. Some faceless person on the other end of a phone wanted to help me. I pushed down the flicker of hope that had ignited within me. There was probably a catch. I couldn’t trust that I might finally be free.

“If you text me when you arrive at the station, I’ll come and pick you up. I’ll text you my number now. See you soon.”

As promised the text came through. I sprang to life. Throwing the few belongings I had left into a suitcase, I began a journey that took me across London, to one of its outer suburbs. As promised, there was a car waiting. I was driven to a large, spacious house with a garden.

The case worker showed me to my room, gave me a bag of toiletries, then went back down the stairs. Once I was alone, I sank to the floor, completely numb. It was over. Being homeless, getting abused, was over.

But I was left with a question: how could this happen? How could Universal Credit change someone’s life so disastrously?

Continue reading

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2017/11/top-graduate-fleeing-bedsit-how-universal-credit-nearly-destroyed-me

Regarding the opening quotation concerning the moral test of a government. It is obvious that the government have not passed such a moral test and never will. It is only Labour who have in the past fought for social justice regarding those who are vulnerable in our society. Why people continue to vote for the policies of injustice I can never understand as no one knows if they or those they care about will need benefits in the future.

Take Action

– Support DPAC and Black Triangle, campaigning for disabled people’s rights.

As always you can contact your MP
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Related Links

Anger as ‘quarter of Universal Credit recipients in Leeds hit with sanctions’

A quarter of single unemployed people in the city have faced sanctions in the first year

Read more at:
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/anger-as-quarter-of-universal-credit-recipients-in-leeds-hit-with-sanctions-1-8835579

Department for Work and Pensions refuses to disclose Universal Credit reports

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/department-work-pensions-refuses-disclose-universal-credit-reports/

 

Help Save Elephants

Watch this delightful video of a baby elephant, does he not remind you of a child of two or so chasing birds falling over and running to his mother for comfort. Elephants are amazing creatures, highly intelligent animals who form close family bonds. It is a tragedy that their very existence is under threat.

Can you imagine a world without elephants? Doesn’t bear thinking about.

Below are actions you can take and information about this remarkable species killed for the sake of profit. The trade in ivory is so prolific that elephants are now being born without tusks as though evolution is trying to step in to save elephants from the human threat to their existence. A threat that will be realised within the next decade if we do not act now to stop the slaughter of these iconic animals.

Petition

Help shut down the biggest ivory markets in the world by signing the following petition:

Hong Kong: End ivory, not elephants!

“The biggest ivory bust in decades just happened in Hong Kong. 1000 elephants were murdered for one shipment(!), only to end up as little trinkets on people’s bookshelves! 

Hong Kong is like ivory island — home to a booming trade in their butchered body parts. As long as it’s legal, more and more beautiful elephants will be slaughtered. At this rate, they could literally be wiped out in our lifetime. “

Please sign and share:
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/hk_ivory_loc/?wMsmGdb

Petition

Europe: End the Ivory Trade

“We’re about to wipe elephants from the face of the Earth. It’s so bad, some are now being born without tusks — an astonishing last throw of the evolutionary dice to survive human cruelty.

But for the first time ever China, the world’s biggest ivory importer, has announced it’s banning ivory. Now, if enough of us demand it, we can get Europe, the world’s biggest ivory exporter, to follow suit!”

Please sign and share
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/eu_ivory_hk_ref/?wMsmGdb

Elephants also need to be free in the wild not confined to a miserable existence in zoos.

Please take the following action to at least rescue the elephants from at least this one zoo.

Petition

Shut Down the Elephant Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Release the Elephants to Sanctuary
https://www.change.org/p/shut-down-the-elephant-exhibit-at-the-los-angeles-zoo

The are 10,000 Zoos worldwide housing an estimated one million invertebrates. Please boycott zoos, zoos are not the place for wild animals.

Reasons to save elephants.

The most import reason we should save elephants from extinction is that elephants, like all animals, are thinking feeling sentient beings and like all animals, including humans, do not want to die. Elephants like all creatures wish to live their lives free of suffering at the hands of human beings.They are a part of nature, it is their world too and they have a right to be here.

Some facts and other information about these incredible animals.

Elephants are very intelligent. Did you know that they can identify different languages

“Researchers at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK have discovered that African elephants can distinguish differences in human gender, age, and ethnicity purely by the sound of someone’s voice.”

Elephants can use tools

“In 2010, a 7-year-old Asian elephant named Kandula impressed researchers by utilizing tools from his surroundings to reach fruit that had been strategically placed just beyond his reach.”

Elephants are empahtic

Elephants also mourn their dead and have incredible memories:

“Elephants can remember routes to watering holes over incredibly long stretches of time and space. This is necessary for elephants that live in the desert where water is scarce. “

Read the complete article
7 Behaviors That Prove Elephants Are Incredibly Smart
http://mentalfloss.com/article/55640/7-behaviors-prove-elephants-are-incredibly-smart

Below is footage of an elephant giving birth in the wild, free as nature intended.

Help save this remarkable animal before it is too late.

Please visit the following websites and take any of the suggested actions to help save elephants from extinction.

Save the Elephants
http://www.savetheelephants.org/

WWF Adopt an elephant
https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-elephant?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC_Main&utm_campaign=Generic&pc=ARG001001&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjZS-_NCc1wIVRBbTCh2lRgJuEAAYASAAEgJorvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Elephants Voices
https://www.elephantvoices.org/support-now/what-you-can-do-support-now-70.html

6 ways to help elephants
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/6-ways-to-help-elephants

Related Links

In Pictures: 3 arrests as Hong Kong makes record ivory seizure totalling 7.2 tonnes
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/07/06/three-arrests-hong-kong-makes-record-ivory-seizure-totalling-7-2-tonnes/

African elephants are being born without tusks due to poaching, researchers say
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/elephants-africa-tusks-ivory-poaching-born-without-a7440706.html