Archive | June 2015

You can help dismantle the puppy factory supply chain

What’s happening?

When you walk past that pet shop in your local shopping centre, do you ever ask yourself the question ‘Where do puppies come from?’ Unfortunately, the answer in many cases is that they are from puppy mills. In puppy mills, life for the breeding dog is one filled with cruelty and depravation. The mother is locked in a cell, continually impregnated, deprived of company, exercise, affection and proper medical attention until the last day of her life. Often, these dogs are killed when their ‘productive’ days as a breeder are over.

“Puppy factory operators know that dog lovers would be horrified by the suffering that goes hand in hand with treating animals like breeding machines. Pet shop owners know this too — which is why more and more pet shops deny supporting the puppy factory trade.” – Animals Australia

What can we do?

You can make sure you never support these puppy mills by taking a few steps when you make the decision to take in a pet dog. You can consider adopting an animal from your local shelter, or save a life through Pet Rescue. If you do decide to buy a puppy from a commercial business, do your research first. Find a breeder who will allow you to visit the premises and see how the puppy’s parents live. The RSPCA’s Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide is a useful informational guide to finding your puppy.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Recent footage supplied to Animals Australia has uncovered the lies that pet shops tell to their customers about where their puppies are from.

“Information gathered reveals a number of major pet stores around Melbourne have sold dogs from this puppy factory. Online — where the puppy factory trade is booming — misleading ads in the Trading Post were also traced back to the same puppy factory.” – Animals Australia

At the moment, there are no adequate laws to protect dogs from puppy factories. The Trading Post is Australia’s largest online classifieds and holds the power to either underpin to undermine the online puppy factory. Animals Australia, with our help, is seeking to protect dogs, and to prevent puppy factories from advertising on the Trading Post website.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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 with Animals Australia and contact the management of the Trading Post to urge them to enact a policy to only allow ads from legitimate animal shelters:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/puppy-factory-supply-chain

 

You can help campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all

What’s happening?

People are being tortured in many countries around the world. It is particularly rife across the Asia-Pacific region, with China and North Korea among the worst offenders, but torture also takes place in countries such as Nigeria, the Philippines, Mexico and Egypt.

“Torture is abhorrent. It is barbaric and inhumane. It can never be justified. It is wrong, self-defeating and poisons the rule of law, replacing it with terror. No one is safe when governments allow its use.” – Amnesty International

What can we do?

June 26th is a day of global action for the survivors of torture. On this day, we can stand together with all those whose lives have been marked by torture. Survivors who have either been released from death row, or had charges dropped against them, by the hard work and campaigning of Amnesty International and its supporters.

“Amnesty activists, thank you for accompanying me in my fight for justice. You help me to have the strength to carry on.” – Claudia Medina, who survived torture in Mexico

Amnesty International’s campaign

On June 26th, you can join with Amnesty International to fight for other victims of torture.

“We speak out with survivors like Wafae and Oussama from Morocco, Dave from the Philippines, Yecenia from Mexico or Muhammad from Uzbekistan. All have had that most basic right – the right to live their lives free from torture – violated. All are claiming justice. They know that while their fight may not yet be over, it is a fight they are not taking on alone. We are with them and their families every step of the way.” – Amnesty International/Hannibal Hanschke

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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 with Amnesty International and help get justice for those who have suffered through torture:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/search/?q=897

 

 

You can take action for climate change

What’s happening?

Around the world, the poorest communities in the world are suffering because of the actions of the richest nations. Australia feels the effects of climate change, but it is the people in developing countries like the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and sub Saharan Africa who are bearing the brunt of it.

“Cyclone Pam is a forceful reminder that the people who have done the least to contribute to climate change are already being hit hard by its devastating impacts.” – Oxfam

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam works towards stamping out poverty, and the impacts of climate change, if left unchecked, will increase poverty.

Oxfam have found that;

  • 50 million more people will be forced into hunger by 2050 due to climate change – about 75% of that number will be in Africa
  • Over half of the 4 billion people in Asia (60% of the world’s population) live near the coast, making them directly vulnerable to sea level rise
  • Crops on six of Tuvalu’s eight islands have been damaged by rising sea levels and more severe storms affecting local food supplies

What can we do?

We can all work together to make a difference. Oxfam have put together a campaign for action on climate change and suggest a number of ways to get involved on this website.

There are many things you can do right now to tackle climate change on a smaller level. Oxfam outlines a number of ways here.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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

“Storms, floods, droughts and wildfires are occurring more frequently. Sea levels are rising. And closer to home we’re faced with water restrictions, greater droughts and more extreme fire days. All because of climate change.” – Oxfam

Join with Oxfam in calling on the Australian Government to increase its contribution to international climate action:

https://act.oxfam.org/australia/climateinaction

 

 

Help save the refugees on the Mediterranean and Andaman Seas

What happened, and why?

Right now, thousands of people, including many women and children, are stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean and Andaman seas, desperately trying to survive.

“Burma is driving the Rohingya out, and thousands of families are drifting helplessly at sea, forced to drink their own urine because Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia had turned them away.” – Avaaz

The Rohingya are some of the most persecuted people on our Earth, and in their desperation to find safety, they have fled their violent country to seek sanctuary for their families. They are braving the terrifying crossing as their last hope to escape torture, hunger, and traffickers, and are at risk of drowning and dying out in the middle of the sea.

Avaaz’s campaign for action

Avaaz is working towards rescuing the people stuck out at sea. With our donations, there aim is to fund rescue operations at sea; build an Avaaz refugee team to assist those missions and resettlement, and create effective lobby cells to get leaders to open up borders; and launch ads to counter the racism.

“We are facing the biggest refugees crisis since World War II, but so far governments have let them die in a climate of rising xenophobia. Now it has reached a crisis, and our community has a unique chance to jam the culture of fear with a wave of compassion.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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 help save the refugees on the Mediterranean and Andaman seas.

“Together we can help rescue refugees, and rescue our shared humanity. Unless we act fast, 2015 could become the year of the boat people!Pledge to urgently launch the Avaaz refugee campaign — Avaaz will only process your donations if we raise enough to start saving lives.” – Avaaz

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

 

 

 

 

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