Archive | January 2016

Join with WSPA to help prevent Japan whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary

What’s happening?

Japan plans on whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary this summer. Japan has said they will kill up to 333 minke whales, under a plan they pretend to be ‘scientific research’.

Australia stood up to Japan and brought a case against the Antarctic whale hunt at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The case was won in 2014 with the court ruling the hunt unlawful and thus in breach of the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This prevented Japan from going ahead with the hunt last summer, but it was a short reprieve.

Now Japan says it no longer recognises the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over whales.

WSPA’s efforts

WSPA moves the world to protect animals because animals have a right to live free from pain.  Today they’re working on projects worldwide – helping governments and communities to protect and care for their animals. They help the world see how important animals are to all of us because millions of people depend on animals. They’re campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and over 2 million people, 330 animal groups and dozens of governments have already pledged their support.

They end the needless suffering of animals, influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, help the world see how important animals are to all of us, inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better and move the world to protect animals.

Supporting WSPA

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

Whales hold a special place in the hearts of many Australians. We also know that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. Join with WSPA to send your message to Minister Bishop:

“There is nothing in Japan’s new plan that renders it any more credible as a scientific exercise than the hunt the International Court of Justice ruled unlawful. If this new ‘science’ was to be challenged in court it would likely be ruled unlawful again. I am aware this is why the Government of Japan has recently withdrawn its recognition of the International Court Justice’s jurisdiction over whales. Japan must not be allowed to show such blatant disregard for the rule of international law to protect whales. I now ask that you give serious consideration to recalling the Australian Ambassador to Japan for consultations in order to register the depth of Australian concern over this issue.” – WSPA

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1886&ea.campaign.id=45220&ea.tracking.id=K1215W01

 

 

Join with Animals Australia to help save the forgotten battery hens

What’s happening?

A new investigation by Animals Australia has exposed a dark side to the cage egg industry: that birds can ‘live’ and die — with no independent person having ever set eyes on them. This is because there is no requirement for routine, independent auditing or oversight of factory farms in Australia.

When animals who live trapped among towers of rotting excrement have a better quality of life than those still ‘in the system’ — the question must be asked: how is this system still legal? In many countries, it isn’t. The laws that govern Australian egg farms were due for review four years ago. Yet this critical review still has not been scheduled. Meanwhile, the barren battery cage has been banned throughout the European Union.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are Australia’s leading animal protection organisation. Their investigations and campaigns are recognised the world over. They unite millions of people who believe in a world where animals are free from cruelty. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

“Animals Australia’s vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. We believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society.”

Animals Australia

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 you can help

This is an industry that will squeeze every last dollar out of every last animal if given the chance. Don’t let them. Take action today by demanding a ban on the battery cage in Australia.

Join with Animals Australia and call for the ban on battery cages:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/forgotten-battery-hens

 

 

Join with Greenpeace to help save the Reef

What’s happening?

Off the north-east coast of Australia, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders is at threat from the coal mining industry and in urgent need of your help.

If the coal industry gets its wish, huge coal reserves in central Queensland will be opened up for mining and millions of tonnes of seafloor will be dredged in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to construct massive coal port expansions.

Hundreds more coal ships will pass through the Reef, heightening the risk of accidents and oil spills and negatively impacting coral at a time when the health of the Reef is already in decline.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s cornerstone principles and core values are reflected in all their environmental campaign work, worldwide. They ‘bear witness’ to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner, they use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate, in exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions they have no permanent allies or adversaries, they ensure our financial independence from political or commercial interests, they seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society’s environmental choices.

Supporting Greenpeace

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

The science is clear: we can have the Reef or coal, but not both. Add your voice to the global movement of people who have already committed to save the Reef.

“The Great Barrier Reef is a stunning natural wonder. It is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and it is under threat. The Queensland Government wants to dredge millions of tonnes of seafloor from within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and dump the spoil right next to the Reef and near nationally significant wetlands. The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project (EPBC 2015/7467) will have unacceptable impacts on the outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef: I’m calling on you to exercise your power and reject this proposal.” – Greenpeace

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/Save-the-Reef2/

 

 

Join with Oxfam and say no to land grabs

What’s happening?

Australia’s Big 4 Banks — the ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac — are backing agricultural and timber companies accused of land grabbing in developing countries. They have backed companies that have contributed to illegal logging, forced evictions, inadequate compensation, food shortages and child labour. These companies are forcing local people from their homes and farms without proper consent or compensation. This is leaving communities homeless and hungry.

“From PNG and Cambodia to Indonesia and Brazil, our banks have backed companies accused of forcing people from their land. This involvement has also resulted in billions of dollars of exposure for everyday Australians who have their money in accounts with these banks, or who own bank shares directly or through their superannuation funds.”

– Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

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

Join the campaign to stop Australia’s banks making people hungry and homeless.

We call on the big banks to show Zero Tolerance for Land Grabbing and:

  • Understand and report on their exposure to deals that could cause land grabbing
  • Adopt a public policy of Zero Tolerance for Land Grabbing
  • Advocate in the finance sector for responsible lending practices to address land grabbing
  • Ensure justice and restitution for the communities already affected by land grabbing

https://act.oxfam.org/australia/say-no-to-land-grabs

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop police torture in the Philippines

What’s happening?

Torture has been a crime in the Philippines since 2009 but despite an increase in reports of torture by police, no-one has been brought to justice. Dave’s story is no exception.

In 2012, Dave, a young bakery worker in the Philippines, was arrested and accused of stealing two roosters. In the police station, Dave, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, wasn’t allowed to contact his lawyer or family. Instead, four policemen beat Dave with a wooden paddle, pounded his fingers with a stapler and banged his head against the metal gate of his cell.

Dave has been since been released, and together with his family, he has filed a complaint against the police. However the complaint was dismissed. No one has been held responsible.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Supporting Amnesty International

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

In recent years reports of torture have risen dramatically in the Philippines, but to date not one torture survivor has obtained justice. Why? The system for reporting police torture is extremely complicated and investigations and prosecutions are flawed.

You can join with Amnesty International and call on Senator Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order, and Secretary of Justice de Lima to admit the problem and stop the torture. No one in the Philippines is above the law, not even the police. Dave’s torturers must be brought to justice and no one should get away with torture.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/action-stop-torture-police-in-the-philippines/