Archive | April 2014

You can help ban duck hunting season across Australia

In mid-March, duck hunting season began in some states across the country. The duck hunting season lasts for a 12 weeks this year, and it is estimated that every year half a million birds are killed during this three month hunting season, in Victoria alone.

Australia’s laws on hunting

Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Western Australia have already banned duck shooting due to the extreme suffering caused to birds. Unfortunately, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria still permit this unnecessary cruelty against animals. For most of the year, native water birds are protected under native wildlife laws. However, during the declared ‘open season’ of duck hunting season, some species are permitted to be shot for sport.

What happens to the ducks?

Duck hunters usually lay out a pattern of decoys in the water in front of a hide or camouflaged screen and they then shoot ducks that fly across or land among the decoys.

Birds suffer pain and stress when they are wounded by shotgun pellets, and an estimated one out of every four birds who are shot are never collected by a shooter. Instead they are left behind, injured, to suffer and even die from broken bones, damaged organs, and internal bleeding.

“Duck shooting is not a sport. It is a cowardly, violent, anti-social act. Sport is an equal contest between humans, such as football, hockey, tennis, athletics etc. Waterbirds cannot defend themselves let alone fight back against shooters armed with powerful weapons, dogs, whistles and decoys. It is a one-sided cowardly activity.”

—Laurie Levy
Coalition Against Duck Shooting, Melbourne

The campaign by Animals Australia

Last year, video footage was captured from the first weekend of Victoria’s duck shooting season showing the true impact of the ‘sport’ of duck hunting on the individual bird.

Animals Australia is working to send the message to the Governments of Victoria, South Australia, the NT and Tasmania, urging them to ban duck hunting.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 with empathy, 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!

Join with Animals Australia and write your message to the governments of Victoria, South Australia, the NT and Tasmania, and you can help ban duck hunting season across Australia.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/end-duck-shooting

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Shahin Novruzlu has been unjustly detained – join with Amnesty International and help release him!

In Azerbaijan, a group of pro-democracy youth activists has been unfairly detained and sentenced for coordinating and participating in peaceful protests. Of the eight detainees, Shahin is the youngest as he was 17 at the time of his arrest.

The situation

On the eve of the Azerbaijan presidential election last year, eight youth activists from the civic movement N!DA were arrested after creating a Facebook event calling for a peaceful protest against injustice in the country. Nida, which means exclamation in Azerbaijani, is an Azerbaijani civic movement that was founded in early 2011 and aims to achieve democratic and social changes in Azerbaijan. They currently have over 350 members comprising mainly of young individuals, politicians and activists.

The consequences of their arrest

Azerbaijan has a history of treating captives poorly, and these eight detainees have been subjected to torture and beatings, resulting in broken teeth in one case, and hearing loss in another. The activists have been facing various criminal charges ranging from incitement to riots and illegal storage of explosives to drug possession and hooliganism, and prosecutors are demanding prison sentences from five to eight years. Amnesty International and other human rights organisations believe these charges have been fabricated and that the actual reason for their arrest was their criticism of the Azerbaijani authorities, as well as their online activism, calling for peaceful demonstrations.

As a result of their charges, the activists’ mothers and fathers have declared a hunger strike as a protest against the imprisonment of their children.

Amnesty International steps in to help

Amnesty International has organised an action to be taken to the President of Azerbaijan to urge him to immediately release the NIDA activists.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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

How you can help

You can do your part to help release Shahin Novruzlu and all eight N!DA activists by writing to the President of Azerbaijan to plead for their release.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/youth-activists-Azerbaijan

 

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands – Oxfam needs your help!

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has caused death and devastation, mostly in the country’s capital of Honiara.

What happened?

Extremely heavy rain over the course of a few days at the beginning of April, coupled with the magnitude 6.0 earthquake, which occurred on Saturday the 12th, has resulted in the death of at least 19 people, with 40 people missing and an estimated 49, 000 homeless. Entire riverside communities and bridges were washed away in the floods when the Matanikau River in Honiara broke its banks. The Solomon Islands government has declared a state of emergency in the area.

Australia’s response

The Australian Government has taken an active role in supplying the Solomon Islands with the aid they require, by donating an extra $250, 000 in emergency relief assistance. The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said the money would be in addition to an initial announcement of $50, 000.

“…we stand ready to support the Solomon Islands. Australia’s a very close friend of the Solomon Islands and we’ll certainly do what we can to support them at this time.” – Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister.

Oxfam stands at the ready

Oxfam Australia have committed to assisting the Solomon Islands to respond to the devastation.

“Oxfam has an active presence in the Solomon Islands, and we are standing ready to support the NDMO with any requests for assistance…We are currently positioned to deliver emergency relief items such as tarpaulins, kitchen kits and hygiene kits to the worst-affected areas.” – Katie Greenwood, Oxfam’s Solomon Islands’ Country Director.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 Oxfam 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?

Oxfam are calling for donations to their International crisis fund. The funding ensures that they are “able to respond quickly and efficiently, to help those most in need when a natural or man-made emergency occurs around the globe.” – www.oxfam.org.au

Donate now, and do your part to help out the communities affected by flash flooding in the Solomon Islands.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/international-crisis-fund/?utm_source=solomons-flooding-blog

Japan agrees to end whaling

From the results of a case brought to Japan by Australia in 2010, Japan has now accepted the court ban on Antarctic whaling.

The case

There has been a ban on commercial whaling since 1986. However, Japan’s whale research programme, Jarpa II, allowed the killing of whales for the purposes of scientific research. Australia has been calling upon the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to outlaw the programme since 2010, as the whaling took place in their Antarctic waters. Australia brought the argument that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise.

“Australia’s views on whaling are well established. We strongly oppose all commercial whaling, including so-called ‘scientific’ whale hunting by Japan.” – Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, representing Australia in court.

The outcome

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic. The court decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it “regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision”, and had argued that the suit brought by Australia was an attempt to impose its cultural norms on Japan.

A spokesman for Greenpeace UK, Willie MacKenzie, welcomed the ICJ’s decision: “The myth that this hunt was in any way scientific can now be dismissed once and for all.”

WSPA’s (World Society for the Protection of Animals) reaction

“Today’s decision wasn’t about science or geography or politics. It wasn’t about Australia versus Japan. It was about the unacceptable exploitation of animals.

“Whether in international water or not, one whale hunted is one too many. Neither commercial nor scientific whaling have any place in the 21st century.

“This decision sends a clear message to governments around the world that the exploitation of animals will no longer be tolerated and animals must be protected at the highest level.

“All eyes are now on Japan to respect this decision. We congratulate the Australian government on this landmark victory for animals.” – WSPA’s Nicola Beynon

Supporting WSPA

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 WSPA 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

Read more on the court ruling

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26818863

You can help stop the mass executions in Egypt

The situation in Egypt

A court in Egypt has sentenced to death more than 500 supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The sentence follows violence and rioting that broke out in the southern city of Minya last August. The riots took place after a deadly crackdown by security forces on two large sit-ins in Cairo, where demonstrators were supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsy, and a police officer was murdered. The semi-official Ahram Online news site said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.

Will the sentence be carried out?

CNN’s correspondent in Cairo, Ian Lee, has said he believes it was “highly unlikely” that all those sentenced to death would be executed. He said Egypt had a large appeals process and the country’s chief Islamic authority — the Grand Mufti Allam — also had to approve the death sentences.

“When you hear something like this, well it is shocking, but you do have to step back and say there’s a lot between the sentencing and the execution.” – Ian Lee, CNN’s correspondent in Cairo.

Avaaz takes action

Avaaz has setup a petition to send to the Grand Mufti to call on him to reject the decision of the courts. As Egypt’s most important religious figure, the Grand Mufti Allam is in charge of accepting or rejecting this decision, and has 10 days to decide.

“This was a political show trial — the military regime is using the firing squad to wipe out the opposition. If the world does not speak up, the consequences for Egypt and the world are beyond dangerous.” – Avaaz.org

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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

You can help!

Egypt’s future hangs in the balance, and a wildly unjust and provocative ruling like the one handed down in Minya could push it over the edge.

Join the urgent call to stop the executions and sign the petition that the religious leaders in Egypt will deliver to the Grand Mufti:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_mass_execution_loc/?bpCBYeb&v=37973

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