Archive | February 2015

Join with Animals Australia and demand that animals not be treated as ‘waste products’

 

The shocking story

The dairy industry enjoys a carefully crafted public image that leaves many consumers with visions of happy animals and green rolling hills. In reality this tenuous image masks a history of animal abuse, which continues unabated due to a lack of public awareness.

Many milk drinkers are shocked to learn that dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant in order to maximise their production of milk — milk that nature intended for their baby calves. Once born, bewildered calves are separated from their grieving mothers and routinely killed as ‘waste products’ before they are even a week old.

The dairy industry is one of the least understood animal industries, responsible for sending hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby calves to slaughter every year. Only a public outcry can bring hope for a kinder future for these calves.

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well 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.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How can we help?

Already born to a terrible fate, the dairy industry recently lobbied government to prevent reforms, and it remains legally permissible to withhold liquid food from these unwanted calves for the last 30 hours of their lives as they are trucked and prepared for slaughter.

The dairy industry has long operated under a veil of secrecy. They know that many consumers of milk would find the callous treatment of bobby calves completely unacceptable and rethink their financial support of the industry. If the treatment of bobby calves is to improve, it is imperative that the industry becomes accountable and for the public to exercise their consumer power.

We can join with Animals Australia and show Dairy Australia that the community is watching and that informed consumers will never accept the callous treatment of thinking, feeling animals as mere ‘waste products’. Take a stand and send a message now:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/bobby-calf-cruelty

 

Join with Avaaz and help save cheap medicines

 

What’s happening?

India produces cheap HIV, malaria and cancer drugs, but American drug companies want to stop this, to sell their own products at higher prices. Their fierce lobby has got the US to push their line hard, even threatening trade sanctions if India doesn’t change patent laws which put people before profits. Now pressure is rising, with talks set to begin on an investment treaty.

India is the pharmacy of the developing world. It is a critical global supplier of low priced medicines to treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, cancer and diabetes, which are among the biggest causes of death and suffering. Medicines were affordable for millions of poor patients across the world, thanks to India’s progressive intellectual property system and this system was responsible for bringing down the price of medicines through generic competition. Indian generic medicines have reduced the prices of HIV/AIDS treatments by more than 90%. Any changes to India’s IP system would mark the end of India’s ability to serve as the affordable pharmacy for the developing world — cutting a medical lifeline to millions.

President Obama’s visit to India in days could spell life or death for millions of poor people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but if we move fast we can ensure they can still get the medicines they need. We can call on him to open up the trade talks, consider our people’s trade plan and put the poorest patients’ lives before Big Pharma’s profits. Join now!

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well 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.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

You can help

You can join with Avaaz and call on President Obama to act now:

“We call on you to bring leadership for public policies which make generic medicines available and affordable to the world’s poor, and encourage the development of new affordable treatments.”

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

 

Join with Oxfam to campaign for food and climate justice in 2015

Oxfam is working toward a world where we can rely on a safe and healthy future for our planet, and you can help.

2014 was the hottest year on record globally and 2015 looks set to be a scorcher. But it’s not just the temperature that’s skyrocketing. The risk of bushfires is increasing. More severe floods, cyclones and droughts are destroying people’s homes, food and water supplies.

And with world leaders meeting in Paris to hammer out a global climate deal and a federal election in 2016, the heat is on Australia to get serious about climate action. We have the power to choose a safe and healthy future, we’ve got the start of some serious global momentum, and Oxfam have got some exciting plans.

2015 is set to be a huge year of climate action! Join Oxfam’s food and climate justice team now. They will be keeping you posted about a whole lot of exciting campaign opportunities.

 Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well 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.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Tens of thousands of Australians take a range of actions in support of our campaign work each year. By taking action now, you will be helping to raise the voice of disadvantaged communities around the world. Join with Oxfam as they work towards food security, equality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to Make Poverty History.

You can join them in their quest to campaign for food and climate justice by signing the petition:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/act/join-us-to-campaign-for-food-and-climate-justice-in-2015/

 

If you prefer, you can also support Oxfam in other ways be either donating online or shopping at one of Oxfam’s stores around Sydney or online. Oxfam Shop has a variety of items for every budget, including home décor, kitchenware, food and drink, accessories and more.

You can also make monthly donations to aid Oxfam’s program work in struggling communities.