Archive | May 2014

Take action now to shut down puppy factories

What is a puppy factory?

A puppy factory is a dog-breeding facility where thousands of dogs are kept imprisoned for life churning out puppies to supply the pet shop industry. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority. Many puppy farms have between 200–300 female dogs and approximately 50 male dogs. The farms employ minimal staff to keep wages down and only feed the dogs once every second day.

Life in a puppy factory

“Life for dogs in puppy factories is bleak. Investigations have revealed dogs being confined in cramped enclosures with no access to food and water; no bedding; no exercise; no heat on freezing nights; no access to sunlight; and dogs even being permanently kept on wire floored cages.”

–          http://www.animalsaustralia.org

Animals Australia’s campaign

Animals Australia has been working with RSPCA Victoria and Loddon Shire Council to free puppies from the cruel treatment they face in puppy factories. Puppy factories are legal, but poorly enforced regulations mean that many facilities operate without even meeting the inadequate standards that do exist. Breaches are common—but even the ‘cleanest’ and ‘best’ run puppy factory deprive dogs of adequate exercise, socialisation and quality of life.

–          http://animalsaustralia.org/take_action/puppy-factory-rescue

Animals Australia have been able to free 150 dogs from the Pyramid Hill puppy factory—one of many puppy factories treating dogs like breeding machines.

“Without laws to prohibit puppy factories, and with state governments failing to actively monitor and enforce basic regulations, other puppy factories just like this one continue to operate unabated throughout Australia.” – Animals Australia

The campaign they run now sends a message to our state governments to stamp out puppy factories.

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 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

How you can help

You can join with Animals Australia and send a message to your state MP. With your help we can call on them to ensure that our state enacts laws to properly protect dogs, and that these laws are monitored and enforced.

Take action now and write to your MP:

http://animalsaustralia.org/take_action/puppy-factory-rescue

Save the bees! Act now

The bee emergency

Around the world, the bee population is in decline. The bees are experiencing a phenomenon we call CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder, where bee hives are collapsing and many bee species are becoming extinct. Since 2006, there has been a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America, as well as in many parts of Europe – Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. In Australia too, thousands of bees are being wiped out.

The two most prominent causes of CCD appear to be pesticides and habitat loss. In Australia, the habitat of bees is threatened by drought, bushfires and heatwaves. There is also the threat of the bloodsucking varroa mite entering Australia. This parasite originated in Japan and Korea in the 1950s and has infected every country except Australia.It is rated as one of the nation’s greatest biosecurity threats.

Pesticides are the other major cause of CCD.

“Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and some bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons.” – www.avaaz.org

Why do we need bees?

“65 per cent of agricultural production is reliant on pollination by bees to produce fruit, vegetables and seeds and honeybees are coming under increasing pressure from urbanisation, bushfires, changing agricultural practices and changing land management practises.” – Chairman of the Pollination Program R&D Advisory Committee, Gerald Martin.

How can we save the bees?

In Australia, there are a number of ways we can help save the bees. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has released a guide to pollen and nectar planting choices that will provide food for honeybees.

“Everyone can make a difference by considering bees when they are planning small and large scale planting.” – http://www.rirdc.gov.au/news/2013/01/15/help-save-the-honeybee-by-making-the-right-plant-choices

Avaaz action – Global Bee Emergency

Avaaz has put together a global campaign to convince world leaders to ban poisonous pesticides that are threatening the bees.

“Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 80% of the plants we grow.” – www.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

Take action!

“Bees are vital to life on earth—every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.” – www.avaaz.org

Join with Avaaz and help save the bees—sign the petition now:

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

#BringBackOurGirls – Amnesty International works to rescue hundreds of girls abducted from school in Nigeria.

The situation

On April 14, hundreds of school girls, between the ages of 15 and 18, were abducted from the state-run boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram. Weeks later, the girls are still missing and women across the country have taken to the streets and social media to demand the government do more to “bring back our girls”.

Who are Boko Haram?

Boko Haram are an Islamic terrorist group, whose name has come to signify “Western education is sinful”, and they have vowed to wipe out the influence of secular society from Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam that makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education.

Amnesty International’s campaign

Last week, Amnesty International discovered that Nigeria’s military had advanced warning of the attack by Boko Haram that led to the kidnappings.

“Amnesty International has confirmed… that Nigeria’s military headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack soon after 7:00 PM (1800 GMT) on 14 April, close to four hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town.” – Amnesty International

“The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko Haram’s impending raid, but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and international outcry at this horrific crime.” Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for Research and Advocacy.

Amnesty International is now working to #BringBackOurGirls by sending our message to the High Commissioner in Australia to help secure the safe release of the girls.

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

Take action and help #BringBackOurGirls!

You can join with Amnesty International and help secure the release of the girls—write to Ayo Olukanni, the Nigerian High Commissioner in Australia, and let your message be heard:

http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/34496/

Save our reef – sign the petition!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is on the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, and is the world’s largest coral reef system. It stretches for over 2,600 kilometres, can be seen from outer space, and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms called coral polyps. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is the state icon of Queensland.

What’s happening now?

Recent approvals have been made for major industrial projects on the reef, including the approval of the Abbot Point dredge disposal within the marine park. These approvals have come despite “concern” and “regret” from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and also “despite an indication that less impacting disposal alternatives may exist.” –UNESCO.

Now, “Reef Facts” commercials are being aired during prime-time TV shows in Australia, and they are purporting to tell the “facts” about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, but they don’t really tell the whole story.

The ads – which you can watch on the QRC (Queensland Resources Council) website – say that:

“No scientific study has blamed ports or shipping for coral loss, or a decline in the environmental health of the Great Barrier Reef.”

The facts used in these ads are misleading and you can get more information here:

www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-facts-tv-ads-ignore-dredge-dumping-risks-2/

What will happen to the reef?

Climate scientists argue that these coal developments will double Australia’s carbon emissions in the next decade. This will make conditions impossible for the reef’s survival, and will lead to environmental catastrophe.

“Studies have now established that dredging and spoil dumping on a large scale have had impacts on species and ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area…and that’s concerning, given the likelihood of further massive dredging programs potentially generating up to 80 million tonnes of dredge spoil, which presents a significant threat to the inshore ecosystems and species of the Great Barrier Reef.” – Jon Brodie, Chief Research Scientist at James Cook University.

The Greenpeace campaign to save the reef

Greenpeace are spearheading the campaign to Save Our Reef. It is one of the biggest environmental battles in our nation’s history, and we need everyone on board to protect our reef and our climate.

Supporting Greenpeace

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 Greenpeace 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

Join tens of thousands of Australians and add your name to the petition for the Great Barrier Reef.

The future of the Great Barrier Reef hangs in the balance!

www.savethereef.org.au

Read more about what’s happening to the Reef and how Greenpeace are trying to save it here:

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/news/climate/Murky-waters/

Read more about the real dredging facts here:

http://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-facts-tv-ads-ignore-dredge-dumping-risks-2/

You can also help by sharing the story with everyone you know. Every additional signature counts, it is up to us to fight for the Reef.

 

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