Tags: Animal welfare, animals, protection of animals
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, the maker of Nestea, has tested and paid others to conduct painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company has caused animals to suffer simply to investigate the possible health benefits linked to tea products and ingredients, even though not one of these experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
In these cruel tests, mice and rats were tormented and then killed by such means as decapitation.
Modern, cruelty-free research methods are available and are in use by other leading beverage companies around the world. We need YOU to join us in telling Nestea to ditch its cruel-tea to animals and to use non-animal methods instead.
Please take a moment to ask Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Lipton, Arizona, Snapple, Honest Tea, Tazo, Twinings, Stash Tea, Celestial Seasonings, Luzianne Tea, and others—that don’t experiment on animals.
Send polite comments to:
Without our bees the world’s population will die out in a few years. The most serious threat in the world I would call it!
Avaaz.org – GLOBAL BEE EMERGENCY — ACT NOW!
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.
Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are recovering. But chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep all killer pesticides on the market. A global outcry now for a ban in the US and EU, where debate is raging, could provoke a total ban and a ripple effect around the world.
Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to be outlawed in the US and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe. Sign the petition to save bees and our crops and send this to everyone:
To US and EU decision-makers:
We call on you to immediately ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides until and unless new independent scientific studies prove they are safe. The catastrophic demise of bee colonies could put our whole food chain in danger. If you act urgently with precaution now, we could save bees from extinction.
Tags: petition, The EU has decided to accept genetically modified food
What you can do: Please sign the petition that is linked to the petition below, and then send it to your friends and contacts.
If one million people say no to this, the bill will not happen. The organization Avaaz, which has no political or religious ties, created a petition to protest against this bill. So if you don’t like this, then sign because your vote will be important.
This approval of growing genetically modified crops will have terrible consequences since the seeds is spread uncontrolled in nature, and it will also disperse to the organic farms that will be knocked out because of the strict rules on organic farming. Organic food contaminated with manipulated seeds are not organic any more.
Sometimes one might wonder if the intention is that our free choice of food should be eliminated and that we instead should be forced to eat food that has been artificially fertilized and sprayed with pesticide.
“Austrian scientists in 2008 proved that genetically modified corn fed to mice resulted in decreased reproductive capacity in the mice.
In Nov. 19, 2009, Guangxi News reported that a study of male sexual health undertaken at Guangxi University revealed that more than half of the male student population have abnormal sperm. It is believed that this could be tied to the widely planted transgenic corn in Guangxi Province, as over 10 million people in Guangxi consume corn as the primary staple food in their diet.” From Epoch Times article China’s Import of Transgenic Corn Raises Health Concerns
The European Commission has just approved growing genetically modified crops in the European Union for the first time in 12 years!
Caving to the GM lobby, the commission has ignored 60% of Europeans who feel we have to get the facts first before growing foods that could pose a threat to our health and environment.
A new initiative allows 1 million EU citizens to make official legal requests of the European Commission. Let’s build a million voices for a ban on GM foods until the research is done; they will be delivered to the President Barroso of the European Commission. Sign the petition and forward this email to friends and family:
Consumers, public health, environmental and farmers groups have long rallied against a few international GM companies having such significant influence over European agriculture. Concerns about growing GM crops include: contamination of organic crops and the environment; their impact on climate due to the excessive need for pesticides; the destruction of biodiversity and local agriculture; and the effects of GM food on public health.
To the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso:
We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.
Tags: Animal welfare, protection of animals
Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Sponsored by: Care2.com
Animals all over the world are victims of cruelty and abuse.
The nations of the world must unite and create international guidelines for the treatment of animals.
Different countries with their various customs naturally treat animals differently. An international law can take into account cultural differences that affect the treatment of animals in different countries and create base standards of humane treatment. Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.” Guidelines for humane animal treatment would further the greatness of all nations, and help promote moral progress worldwide.
Encourage the United Nations to set standards for humane treatment of the world’s animals.
Sign Petition here: Support International Guidelines for Humane Animal Treatment – The Petition Site.
Tags: petition, The Cove
Latest news! Link: Really Good News! Keep up the good job!
Target: Japanese Government through the U.S. State Department
Sponsored by: The Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Japanese government allows a few fishermen to slaughter thousands of dolphins and small whales in so-called drive hunts.
During drive hunts, fishermen panic and confuse migrating dolphins and other small whales with loud banging on metal pipes. They herd the dolphins into shallow coves and butcher them brutally. Every year, over 20,000 dolphins and other whale species are killed this way, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white-sided dolphins, and false killer whales.
Dolphins are intelligent, self-aware mammals with bonded social interactions. The Jananese drive hunts have been condemned by animal welfare experts around the world as brutal and inhumane, but pleas to stop them have been ignored.
Therefore, marine scientists and zoo and aquarium professionals, are asking for your support to bring this inhumane practice to an end.
Please sign the petition asking the U.S. State Depatment to make ending the dolphin slaughter a high priority in all negotiations with the Japanese government.
Do You have FaceBook? Then you can SIGN HERE as well and post the petition on your wall.
About this Petition:
“In the feature documentary “The Cove,” a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.
The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It’s critical that we get the word out in Japan. Once the Japanese people know we believe they will demand change.”
Tags: mistreatment of animals, PETA
Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day!
Print this Mother’s Day card and send it to the USDA now!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ treatment of baby elephants is every mother’s worst nightmare. Baby elephants are torn from their mothers when they are infants and are beaten into submission. But this Mother’s Day, you can make a difference in the lives of mother elephants and their babies.
This Mother’s Day (May 9), remind the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that no mom should be alone on Mother’s Day. Print out our Mother’s Day greeting card and mail it to the USDA now!
When sending your Mother’s Day wishes, remind the USDA that after baby elephants are stolen from their mothers, they are tied down, electro-shocked, and beaten with bullhooks in order to get them to perform unnatural and confusing circus tricks.
Mail your greeting card to:
ATTN: Thomas J. Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
You can also help baby elephants and their mothers by e-mailing a message to the USDA to ask the department to investigate this ongoing abuse and to implement a minimum age requirement for when babies can be separated from their mothers.
Send a message to the USDA now!
Please click on this link: Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day! | PETA.org.
Californian’s Gift of Two Cows Provides Milk for Tanzanian Orphans
By Peter Valk
The kindness of strangers still exists, as an elder from rural Tanzania learned after he was gifted two cows from a total stranger in San Francisco.
Each week, The Epoch Times asks locals around the world one question, and publishes the results in the column called “Global Q&A .” In early March, the featured question was, “What one improvement would you like to make to your home?
While respondents in Asia, Europe, and North America mentioned items such as heat pumps and spare bedrooms, a kind-looking man from Tanzania stood out with a different sort of answer.
“Because I’m old and weak now, and cannot work in my field anymore, I would like to have a cow that could give me milk to improve my health. I can also make some money from it as there is a high demand for milk here,” replied Abel Thomas Simwaba, identified as a retired laboratory assistant from the village of Mahango in Tanzania.
Little did Babu, meaning grandfather in Swahili as he is called, know that five weeks later, his wish would be fulfilled. After the column was published, a reader contacted the San Francisco edition of the paper, saying she wanted to donate a cow to Simwaba, if the man could still be found.
The reporter was contacted and said he could find him, but thought it best to find out the price of a cow first to make sure the reader was serious in her offer before telling Babu the news. He reported back that the price would be between 200,000-300,000 Tanzanian shillings, ($145-$220), for a calf, and up to 600,000 ($440) for a cow ready to milk. The reader agreed, but reaching Babu proved difficult; he is a very busy man.
Babu retired 30 years ago, and exchanged the relative comfort of his city life in Kilimanjaro for a tougher existence in a small village of rice farmers, called Mahango, a place without electricity, only several public taps with running water, and separated from the nearest town by five miles of dusty, tarmac road. In this isolated region of Tanzania, owning a cow is rare, it is akin to being the sole person with a job in a village of unemployed.
Babu did not go there to enjoy his pension. Instead, he has spent most of his time setting up a clinic, a nursery school, and education center, self-help group, a community farm, and a mission house for Catholic nuns with a small orphanage that is expected to be expanded soon.
“I stay in Mahango because I want to help the people,” he said. “I’m interested in people. When I worked in Kilimanjaro region, I used to help people there. Then since I retired and moved here, I’ve been helping people here.”
What goes around comes around. This time, it is Babu at the receiving end of generosity.
Tags: whale slaughter, whales, wspa
Once I saw a very touching movie about whales, these big beautiful animals in the sea. Intuitive and compassionate they also seem to be. This movie was zooming in a whale’s eye … and I saw love. (See this dramatic event Strange experience… Woman Gets Saved by Whale). I get really sad in the heart from all the cruelty that occurs.
Click on the link: Speak out against slaughter: whales need you! WSPA INTERNATIONAL.
From another group:
|To: Members in Save The Whales!|
URGENT: Not on Earth day- not on any day- Do not suspend the commercial whaling moratorium-
Please call on President Obama (202-456-1414) to reverse his administration’s support of a deal that allows commercial whaling to resume even in the world’s largest protective whale sanctuary. There is time for the Administration to change course and join with Australia to call for a phase out and down of all commercial whaling.
Thank you for making a call for the whales–they NEED your voice now!
Quote: -“I called the number above and was transferred to an automated message by the switchboard operator (did not appear to have a voicemail, unless it was a long message!). I would recommend visiting http://www.whitehouse.gov or calling 202-456-1111 (which is the comment line), 9 am – 5 pm EST M-F.”
WASHINGTON — Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, issued the following reaction to the proposal by the International Whaling Commission, announced on Earth Day:
“In a misguided effort to address the problems created by the rogue whaling nations of Japan, Iceland, and Norway and to reduce the acrimony at the IWC, a number of well-meaning nations, including the United States, have proffered a deal that if adopted in June will suspend the moratorium for 10 years and usher in commercial whaling in the world’s largest whale protective sanctuary,” said Block. “The United States government would better serve the whales and the American people by promoting a phase down and out of all whaling, rather than a proposal to prop up a dying industry.”
This deal will be the subject of a vote at the 62nd IWC meeting in Agadir, Morocco in June.
Tags: webby people's voice
Take a look at this video. If you find it important, please vote for it!
Message from Amnesty:
Posted by Kyra Pfetzing at 2:55pm on April 20th, 2010
Good news! Amnesty International has been nominated for the Internet’s highest award – a Webby Award! Our video “Words”, produced by Curious Pictures, is running up against some tough competition, but we believe that our video sends the strongest message about the importance of speaking up for those who are denied human rights in countries around the world.
And to win a Webby, we’ve got to rally support like never before! Here’s how you can help us bring home a Webby Award:
1. Follow this link to vote in the category “Online Film and Video” and sub-category “Public Service and Activism”: http://www.bit.ly/advi5X
2. Register to vote
4. Share “Words” with your friends and family and ask them to vote!
This is a huge deal and we’re truly honored to be nominated. (Yeah, we know everyone says that!) But we’re also really serious about coming out on top in this fantastic group of competitors.
Thank you for voting for “Words” and spreading the word about the power of human rights!