Archive | August 2016

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

 

What’s happening?

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.

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. 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.

Animals Australia’s efforts

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.

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

Please 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’.

“As a consumer who likes to be able to make informed decisions, I am alarmed to discover the apparent disregard for the welfare of these vulnerable animals. Such a betrayal of trust will tarnish the dairy industry’s public image, unless positive steps are made to ensure these calves are treated more humanely.”

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

 

Join with Greenpeace to defend our oceans

 

What’s happening?

Fundamental changes need to be made in the way our oceans are managed. We must shift from destructive to sustainable fisheries. A sustainable fishery is one that doesn’t reduce fish stocks or impact marine biodiversity. Examples of sustainable fishing techniques include pole and line fishing, drop lines and troll lines. We also need to provide a safe haven for marine life and close some areas of ocean to all human activity. Greenpeace is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves that cover 40% of our oceans. Marine reserves are essential to restoring and preserving the health of our oceans.

Having fished out their own waters, countries like Japan, European Union member states, Taiwan, Korea, the United States and China are now sending their industrial fishing fleets to the Pacific to exploit the region’s stocks. Since industrial fishing began in the 1950s, global fish stocks have been in decline. Armed with sophisticated technologies, we’re catching fish beyond nature’s ability to replenish the seas. 90% of the oceans’ large predatory fish, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin and sharks, have been taken from our oceans.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace take to the high seas to defend the oceans from unsustainable and pirate fishing. They track and expose destructive fishing practices that kill tonnes of marine life. Greenpeace’s ships are used at the forefront of our oceans campaign, bearing witness, documenting and taking action against illegal and destructive fishing. The Esperanza toured in 2011 to defend Pacific livelihoods and safeguard its precious marine resources. Evidence Greenpeace collected in 2009 while documenting illegal fishing activity in the Pacific was used to fine 2 unlicensed Japanese vessels NZ$1million.

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

Support Greenpeace and act now to defend our oceans.

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/oceans/Defending-our-Oceans/

 

Join with Amnesty International to help Greece’s Afghan refugees

 

What’s happening?

Afghans have limited legal ways out of Greece. Unlike Syrians, for example, Afghans are not eligible for the relocation emergency programme adopted by the EU last year, which pledged 66,400 places in different European countries for asylum-seekers stranded in Greece.

According to a recent UNHCR study, more than 70% of Afghans left because of the war and are by far the second largest nationality of refugees stranded in Greece, after Syrians. But Afghans do not have access to the EU relocation programme, because only nationalities which exceed the average asylum acceptance threshold in Europe can apply, and Afghans do not meet these criteria.

Even for nationalities who are eligible it remains largely an empty promise, with fewer than 3000 asylum-seekers having been accepted by other European countries so far, mainly due to a lack of political will. This static, deadlocked existence is beginning to overcome even the most resilient spirits.

Amnesty International’s efforts

There is a growing sense of despair among Afghans stuck in Greece and tensions are rising. With no legal option to make it to Europe they ultimately have but two options: apply for asylum in Greece or go back to danger in Afghanistan. Most have naturally chosen to apply in Greece but their situation there is dire. The Greek authorities recently announced their intention to close some camps, including the ones at the old airport in Elliniko and two former Olympic stadiums in the same area. They host around 2,000 refugees and migrants in similar conditions. No one in the camps seemed to have information about these plans, only rumours, and they were worried. Refugees stranded in Greece need protection and all European countries must share this responsibility. But whilst Europe continues to ignore this reality and leaves people cooped up, living in inhumane conditions in Greece, Afghans and others will be at risk – this time on European soil.

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

Europe must share the responsibility for offering protection to these refugees. But right now, Greece must urgently assure the safety and dignity of those hosted in its territory. Reception conditions for refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece must be improved now. Call on the Greek authorities to:

  • Provide appropriate and safe shelter, adequate sanitary facilities and appropriate medical care to refugees and asylum-seekers stranded in Greece.
  • Ensure that all vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities or those with chronic illnesses have access to appropriate services and care.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/greece-address-inhumane-conditions-for-refugees/

 

 

Act now for Indigenous youth in crisis

 

What’s happening?

The recent Four Corners program exposed the absolutely abhorrent treatment of children as young as 11 in youth detention in the Northern Territory, where 96% of young people indetention are Aboriginal. The ABC’s Four Corners program aired footage from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre showing teenage inmates suffering various forms of abuse. Most offenders held in the centre are Aboriginal. Human rights advocates have said the footage, which also shows a guard saying “I’ll pulverise the ****” about one of the youths, clearly shows violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Against Torture.

The situation for young people in detention is getting worse not better, and this is just one of the many big issues facing Indigenous Australia. The revelations in this program have shocked the country but this information is not new.

Oxfam’s efforts

Indigenous organisations and peak bodies have been highlighting the crisis in our justice system for years. Yet they have been ignored and even had cuts to their funding. It is not just the justice system that is broken in Australia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live everyday with the huge impacts of inequality.

A “shocked and appalled” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced there will be a royal commission into the abuse of youths in the Northern Territory corrections system following the explosive revelations, however, these problems will not be properly resolved until the government fundamentally changes its approach including:

– FIXING THE BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM: set targets to reduce soaring incarceration rate
– ADEQUATE RESOURCING: for Indigenous organisations and peak bodies including National Congress and Aboriginal Legal services
– BETTER ENGAGEMENT: Call a summit of Indigenous leaders in the first 100 days of being in office after the election to map out a positive way forward

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

Please act now and call on Prime Minister Turnbull to act urgently and work with Indigenous organisations to fix this crisis.

https://act.oxfam.org/australia/ctg-dondale