Archive | July 2014

You can help end cruelty to circus animals

Exotic animals suffer in circuses

Around the world, the plight of animals in circuses is increasingly heard. National, regional and local governments in at least 30 countries have already banned the use of exotic or all animals in circuses. An increasing number of Australian councils are taking part in this trend, but the Australian Federal and State Governments policies are failing these animals.

Circuses defend the use of exotic animals by claiming the animals are loved and well cared for. But, adding to an overwhelming body of evidence, the 2009 scientific review ‘Are wild animals suited to a travelling circus life?’ by the University of Bristol in the UK confirms that “the species of non-domesticated animals commonly kept in circuses appear the least suited to a circus life.”

Animals such as lions and monkeys are confined to barren cages, trucked from town to town, and forced to perform unnatural and demeaning ‘tricks’ in the name of ‘entertainment’.

“What might be an afternoon at the big top for some people can be a life of chronic boredom, confinement and stress for animals — who are denied the ability to express their most basic natural behaviours.” – Animals Australia

Animals Australia’s position on circus animals

“For Animals Australia, entertainment stops where animal suffering begins. Circuses cannot recreate a natural environment nor can animals in circuses perform much natural behaviour. A non-domesticated animal’s life is consequently impoverished and the keeping of exotic animals in circuses should therefore be banned. The animals currently being kept by circuses need to be re-homed in a quality sanctuary or zoo.” – Animals Australia

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 organisations that 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

There are a few ways you can help stamp out cruelty to circus animals.

1] Refuse to pay for animal suffering. Pledge to only visit animal free circuses.

2] Tell your family and friends about the cruelty behind the big top, and explain to your children why you won’t take them to a circus with exotic animals.

3] Write to your council, state and federal government to demand a ban on exotic animals in circuses.

4] Donate to Animals Australia to support their crucial campaigns.

Sign the petition to save the elephants!

Illegal ivory trading

The ivory trade is the commercial, often illegal trade in the ivory tusks of the hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, mammoth, and most commonly, Asian and African elephants. Poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 worldwide ivory ban, but it still remains a widespread problem. Thailand’s ivory market is the largest unregulated market in the world. The trade in Thailand is fuelled by ivory from poached African elephant’s tusks that are smuggled into the country.

Elephants – the endangered species

The ivory trade has led to endangerment of species, resulting in restrictions and bans. Ivory hunters were responsible for wiping out elephants in North Africa perhaps about 1,000 years ago, in much of South Africa in the 19th century and most of West Africa by the end of the 20th century. At the current rate of killing, elephants may be extinct in 15 years.

“Poachers just shot one of the world’s largest elephants, Satao, then hacked his 100 pound tusks out of his face with a machete. Each day, 50 regal elephants are butchered just to make dinky ivory trinkets! The main culprit for this carnage is Thailand — the fastest growing market for unregulated ivory.” – Avaaz.org

Avaaz campaign to save the elephants

Avaaz have been campaigning to US and EU delegates to crack down on the illegal trade in Thailand. The Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), created to protect endangered species, gave Thailand a strict timetable to tackle illicit ivory or face serious sanctions. CITES has requested that Thailand enact legislation to protect elephants by stemming the trade of illegal African ivory in the country, and also requested that Thailand implement a registration system for domestic ivory and ivory traders. But the fight to save the elephants is not over yet.

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 organisations that 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

Add your voice to the petition to save the elephants:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants/?slideshow

Read more about the threats to the elephants at WWF:

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/elephants/?src=footer

 

Help stop the abductions and torture in the Ukraine

Abduction and torture around the world

Torture is a global crisis. Thirty years ago, the UN voted to combat torture worldwide with the Convention against Torture – a groundbreaking step towards making the global ban on torture a reality.

Many states also have national anti-torture laws. But, torture is flourishing because governments are ignoring the law and the commitments they have made.

What’s happening in the Ukraine?

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months.

“With hundreds abducted over the last three months, the time has come to take stock of what has happened, and stop this abhorrent ongoing practice.”

–        Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Europe and Central Asia.

Stop torture with Amnesty International

For over 50 years, Amnesty International has exposed governments who torture, and supported torture survivors to get justice.

Over the last five years, Amnesty has reported on torture in at least three quarters of the world – 141 countries, from every region.

“Governments around the world are two-faced on torture – prohibiting it in law, but facilitating it in practice. Torture is not just alive and well – it is flourishing in many parts of the world. As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last thirty years is being eroded.”

–        Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

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 organisations that 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

The Stop Torture campaign launches with a new media briefing, Torture in 2014: 30 Years of Broken Promises, which provides an overview of the use of torture in the world today.

Amnesty International is calling on governments to implement protective mechanisms to prevent and punish torture – such as proper medical examinations, prompt access to lawyers, independent checks on places of detention, independent and effective investigations of torture allegations, the prosecution of suspects and proper redress for victims.

Join with Amnesty International and help stop torture:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/stoptorture

Take the pledge and be fur-free this winter

The facts about fur

Each year, over50 million animals suffer and die as victims of the international fur trade. Here in Australia, there is a dark side to winter: the truth about the cruelty sheep, rabbits, geese and ducks can be subjected to in the production of the products we wear during winter – angora scarves and woollen mittens, feather quilts and down coats.

Down, angora and wool

Down is the layer of soft and tiny feathers closest to a bird’s body. For ducks, geese and other birds, it does the job that nature intended – keeping them warm during the long, freezing winter months. But it has also been touted as one the lightest and warmest ‘fillers’ possible for a quilt or coat – for people. Down is most often ‘harvested’ through a process called ‘live-plucking’, which is as disturbing as it sounds.

Angora rabbits have been bred to have very long and soft fur, which is harvested and turned into ‘luxury’ clothing and accessories like gloves and hats. Rabbits are tied down on racks as their fur is torn from their bodies by hand. Other rabbits are shorn with scissors or razors, and injuries are frequently reported. The rabbits are then crammed into small wire cages, where they’ll be kept for two months, before the whole gruelling process starts again.

An ever-present risk to the welfare of wool-producing sheep in Australia is the prevalence of farms without adequate shade or shelter. As many as 15 million lambs also die from exposure every year – most within their first 48 hours of life – due to a lack of food and shelter in barren and freezing paddocks, or due to predation.

Animals Australia

How to be cruelty-free

You can be cruelty-free by shopping for synthetic and plant-based alternatives to wool, down and angora – cotton, bamboo, modal, microfibre, Tencel (made from eucalyptus) ingeo (made from corn fibres), Primaloft and Microcloud.

A growing number of retailers and designers are rejecting animal cruelty by adopting fur-free policies. Check out Animal Australia’s Fur Free Shopping List to make sure you can shop without worrying.

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 organisations that 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 the pledge!

You can spare thousands of animals from suffering every year by pledging to never wear their fur.

Join with Animals Australia and take the pledge to be cruelty-free:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/pledge/fur/

You can help put extreme inequality on the G20 agenda

The problem with inequality

Extreme economic inequality is a global issue. Across the world, the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest. In Australia, the richest 1% are as rich as the poorest 60% of Australians.

“By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of the few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives, and means that their voices go unheard. If the global community fails to curb widening inequality, we can expect more economic and social problems, undermining efforts to eradicate poverty.” – Oxfam

What can we do?

The good news is that rising inequality is not inevitable – the trend can be reversed. As Australia is hosting the G20 this year, this means that Prime Minister Tony Abbott can set the agenda for the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies.

“With extreme wealth comes the power to influence the rules. That means that we end up with government policies that favour the super rich, regardless of what would work best for the rest of us. These policies increase poverty and create economic instability” – Oxfam

We can do our part by signing the petition to put extreme and growing inequality on the G20 agenda. In this way, we can demand that the G20 tackle inequality by:

  • Putting inequality high on the G20 agenda for the Leaders Summit in Brisbane
  • Cracking down on tax dodging by multinational companies so developing countries don’t lose vital revenues
  • Promoting worldwide tax transparency to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of taxes in every country in which they operate

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 organisations that 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

Sign the petition!

“Extreme income inequality makes social problems worse, allows poverty to persist and compounds other inequalities between social groups such as between men and women.” – Oxfam

Sign the petition now and help get inequality on the G20 agenda:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/act/put-extreme-inequality-on-the-g20-agenda/?utm_source=inequality-page

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