Archive | November 2013

Support the people affected by typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 3,982 people in that country alone. The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the central Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.

 People were not prepared for the magnitude of a typhoon that has devastated parts of the Philippines.

The Philippines and international armed forces and aid agencies are struggling to get help to devastated areas due to the extent of the destruction, which has left 4 million people displaced.

Yeb Sano calls for help

Lead negotiator of the Philippines, Yeb Sano, delivered an emotional speech at the start of the nineteenth session of the Conference of Parties in Warsaw, Poland.

“Science tells us that simply, climate change will mean more intense tropical storms. As the Earth warms up, that would include the oceans. The energy that is stored in the waters of the Philippines will increase and intensity of typhoons and the trend we now see is that more destructive storms will be the new norm.” – Yeb Sano

Yeb Sano pleaded through tears for the world to give to an already agreed global fund to help the most vulnerable countries mitigate against disaster. He then declared a hunger strike until a deal was done, sending shockwaves across the conference, and receiving a standing ovation.

Avaaz in action

Avaaz.org is rallying for support and calls on us to lend our voices to this cause. With more than 29 million members around the world, Avaaz is in a unique position to get behind Sano’s message and deliver a strong wake-up call to the negotiators in Warsaw. They have influenced international summits, world leaders and our parliaments to get firm action on climate change — now out of the tragedy of Haiyan we can stand with Avaaz and demand the poorest countries get the help they deserve.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How can we help?

“We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw. Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action.” – Yeb Sano

Haiyan is just the beginning — unless we act now.

Send your message to all the delegates at the Warsaw conference and stand with Sano and the people of the Philippines in their worst time of need.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/a_future_of_super_storms_g/

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Let’s help Amnesty International abolish the death penalty

Capital punishment has been formally abolished in Australia. It was last used in 1967, when Ronald Ryan was hanged in Victoria. Ryan was the last of 114 people executed in the 20th century and prior to his execution Queensland and New South Wales had already abolished the death penalty for murder.

 Although the global trend towards abolition remained strong, 2012 saw a disappointing resumption of executions in some countries. The total number of confirmed executions was 682, two more than in 2011. Executions were recorded in 21 countries, the same number as 2011. These countries include Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, and even the United States.

 

The need to abolish the death penalty

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.

It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The death penalty lacks the deterrent effect which is commonly referred to by its advocates. As recently stated by the General Assembly of the United Nations, “there is no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty” (UNGA Resolution 65/206).

 

Alternatives to the death penalty

 The purpose of our criminal justice system is to deter crime, rehabilitate convicts, and incapacitate hardened criminals. Philosophically speaking, life in prison serves these functions better than the death penalty. Life imprisonment is certainly a deterrent — in fact, it may be worse than death itself. Life in prison allows for rehabilitation, whereas death is final.

 

Amnesty International works towards abolition of the death penalty

 Amnesty International holds a few strong beliefs about the death penalty

The death penalty:

  • denies the possibility of rehabilitation and reconciliation.
  • promotes simplistic responses to complex human problems, rather than pursuing explanations that could inform positive strategies.
  • prolongs the suffering of the murder victim’s family, and extends that suffering to the loved ones of the condemned prisoner.
  • diverts resources and energy that could be better used to work against violent crime and assist those affected by it.
  • is a symptom of a culture of violence, not a solution to it. It is an affront to human dignity.
  • should be abolished. Now.  

§  http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty/myths-facts/facts

 

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

 

Supporting Amnesty International

 Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Amnesty International as they encompass similar ideals.

 Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

 We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members. 

 We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

 Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

What can we do?

 You can join with Amnesty International to abolish the death penalty by signing the petitions available on their website:

 http://www.amnesty.org/en/activism-center

Help ban the lion trade in South Africa

 

Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to be used in phony medicines, or captured for tourists to hunt them. South Africa is supplying considerable volumes of lion bones to mainly Laos but also Vietnam and China. Lion bones are being used as substitutes for tiger bone potions, as there is a global ban on tiger bone sales.

The South African trade involves lion breeders/canned lion hunters and taxidermists at least, and it is reported that lion bones are selling for about $165 per kilo in South Africa and about $300-$500 at destination. The value of a lion skeleton could therefore be in excess of $10,000.

 

The use for lion bones

In China, lion bones are soaked for a variable period in rice wine, whereas in Laos and Vietnam the bones are made into a “paste” with added ingredients like herbs (some reports say opium is also mixed in). The paste is then also dissolved in rice wine. In traditional Chinese medicine, tiger wine, made using powdered bones, allegedly cures many ills including ulcers, cramp, rheumatism, stomach ache and malaria. The beverage is also claimed to have tonic qualities, boosting virility.

The director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Oduetse Koboto said some farmers colluded with foreign nationals to stage incidents of livestock predation in order to claim compensation from government. He states that “such perpetrators illegally killed and harvested certain parts from wild animals for illicit trade. They later surrender skins and other animal remains to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to legitimise their claims for losses against predators.”

Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions — with only 20,000 left in Africa — will come under poaching attack.
The Avaaz campaign

South Africa is currently the largest exporter of lion trophies, bones and organs — it is also the only African country actively breeding lions in large numbers to supply trophy hunting. But if we can show that allowing this senseless trade can hurt South Africa’s booming tourism industry and make visitors flee, President Zuma could be forced to act.

 The global online Avaaz advocacy campaign that calls for South Africa to end the trade, announced this week that its campaign support had virtually surged overnight, mushrooming to a record new high of more than a million signatures. This firmly puts the heat on the South African government to end the much reviled canned lion hunting industry and clarify its national position on conservation.

 

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

Join with Avaaz and stand up for Africa’s lions by signing the petition now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_lion_slaughter_for_sex_aides_rb_en/

We need CCTV in all slaughterhouses!

Investigation by Animal Liberation

 

An investigation by Animal Liberation aired on ABC’s Lateline, has revealed workers from Ingham’s slaughterhouse in NSW are repeatedly kicking, punching, and kneeing birds, as well as slamming them into walls and stomping on them — apparently for fun. One worker even tried to rip the heads off live birds. You can watch the investigation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FZwD7k8_jY

 

Animal cruelty

 

Unfortunately this deplorable behaviour happens in many slaughterhouses in Australia across the country. Recently, in response to shocking footage filmed by Animal Liberation NSW at a Sydney slaughterhouse, the NSW Food Authority conducted a review of all domestic slaughterhouses in NSW that kill sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. What they found was even more shocking: Animal welfare breaches were uncovered at every domestic slaughterhouse in NSW, including “incompetency of slaughtering staff” and ineffective stunning — meaning some animals may have been fully conscious at slaughter.

Sadly, the NSW government’s announced package to address these problems does not include installation of CCTV, but rather relies largely on training and more self-regulation.

 

Animals Australia campaign

 

Animals Australia is leading the change – they have started a campaign to demand CCTV in all slaughter houses, and you can be a part of the action.

CCTV in slaughterhouses would act like ‘glass walls’ in slaughterhouses and whilst they might not necessarily make the world ‘go vegetarian’ as Paul McCartney once famously opined, it would ensure the higher levels of transparency and scrutiny that many in our community have come to expect in terms of animal welfare.” – Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks.

In the Ingham slaughterhouse, much of the deliberate cruelty inflicted on these animals was illegal, yet even when no laws were being broken, their suffering was clear — including birds’ legs being ripped off under the sheer strain of being shackled and hung upside down.

From the footage in the Lateline investigation, it is clear these Ingham’s workers knew what they were doing was wrong. Yet, when no one was looking they would torture birds for their own amusement. The horrific abuse of these turkeys serves as a wakeup call that despite Australia’s regulated abattoir system, without a watchful eye animals are at risk of even graver cruelty.

With your help, we can bring about change and insist on the installation of CCTV in all slaughterhouses.

 

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Animals Australia as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

 

Take action!

 

The UK Government is already considering the compulsory installation of CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses to help reduce breaches of animal protection laws.

Take action by calling on your state meat authority and on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS – responsible for monitoring export slaughterhouses), to establish greater accountability of slaughter practices by requiring inspectors to install and monitor CCTV cameras in all abattoirs:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/CCTV-cameras-in-slaughterhouses

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