Aje. Agrees to Give Fur the Cold Shoulder



Words by Jason Baker, Director of Campaigns, PETA Australia

Every fur coat, lining or piece of trim represents the suffering of dozens of animals, whether they have been caught in the wild and slaughtered or confined to farms. Furriers also often intentionally mislabel items, and fur in Australia can come from animals (including cats and dogs) who have been beaten, boiled, hung, electrocuted or skinned alive on Chinese fur farms.

Following an ongoing campaign by PETA Australia that included e-mails from activists, designer Aje. has confirmed that it is both fur- AND angora-free!

Aje.’s decision to join the long list of Australian designers who have pledged not to use fur is another great victory for animals who are tortured for their skin, and we are very pleased to hear that the label has taken this compassionate stance.

More information on animals used for fur is available on the PETA website.

Put an end to the cruelty of live export in Australia




** Repost from the WSPA Australia e-Newsletter. Words by Margaret West, Director **

I wrote to you a few weeks ago about the worst live export shipping disaster in recent history. I hate to say that the situation isn’t getting any better. In the last few weeks, we have witnessed a live export ship break down off coast of WA and saw discussions starting about re-opening live export to Saudi Arabia, a country that has explicitly stated it will not comply with Australia’s animal welfare requirements.

It’s horrible to think what these poor animals go through. The cramped conditions, the sweltering temperatures, the noise, the rock and lurch of a ship and the unbearable humidity.

There are alternatives to this cruel trade.

WSPA has commissioned independent research* into the benefits of transitioning away from the cruelty of live export.

The report shows that a transition away from live export to a domestic chilled meat trade is good for farmers and the economy. Most importantly it means animals do not have to be subjected to weeks at sea in cramped, unhygienic and disease-ridden conditions, only for their lives to be ended inhumanely.

If you have already made a donation, thank you so much. If you have not, please make an urgent donation today, or join our Animal Rescue Team with a monthly donation of $30.

You can make a difference

  • Your gift can help create educational tools so you and other Australians are able to take effective action to help stop the cruelty.
  • Your gift can help us meet with members of parliament and key industry figures across Australia. It’s important we share the benefits of a domestic meat trade. It’s not just better for animals, it’s better for our farmers, our jobs, and our economy too.
  • More work is needed to help convince those in positions of power. You can help fund further research into the alternative to live export, so together we can end the suffering of animals.

Thank you for understanding how urgently you are needed, and for acting to protect animals worldwide.

*Research conducted by ACIL Tasman and Sapere Research. Full report can be downloaded at http://www.wspaliveexport.org.au/learn-about-live-export/live-export-research


Image source: ABC website

Farmers versus Monsanto



** Taken from Sum of Us e-newsletter, words by Paul Ferris ***

About 15 thousand years ago, the world’s first farmer had the idea of saving the seeds from one year’s crop and planting them again next year. And that’s how farmers did it for thousands of years after that.

Until Monsanto.

Today, Monsanto is claiming patent rights over seeds – the fundamental source of all plant life – so it can charge farmers royalties for doing what people have done for thousands of years.

It’s already charging millions in illegal royalties in Brazil. It’s suing farmers in the U.S. And in India it’s jacked up the cost of seeds so much that it’s contributing to an epidemic of suicides among bankrupt farmers.

The latest front in Monsanto’s war on farmers is Canada, where a bill is flying through parliament to give corporate agribusiness long-term patent rights over seeds. And if it win heres, Monsanto will use trade agreements to force other countries to abide by these patent claims as well.

Canadian farmers are fighting back, but they’re massively outgunned by Monsanto’s lobbyists and money. If they’re going to have any chance to stop this bill, they need our help to fight back. Can you chip in $5 a month to stop Monsanto’s attempt to monopolize food production in Canada and around the world?

Yes, I’ll chip in $5 a month to help stop Monsanto from monopolizing our food system.

No, but I can make a one-time contribution.

Giving monthly is the best way to help, because it lets us plan for the future and be ready for whatever Monsanto throws at us. You can update or cancel your donations any time.

In January, thousands of us chipped in with concerned shareholders to demand that Monsanto admit publicly that their GMO crops pose real risks to the environment — and we got incredible press, putting serious pressure on the bio-tech giant to change their ways.

Now, we’re teaming up with farmers to battle Monsanto in Canada – and together we make a powerful team.

The farmers have the expertise, credibility, and passion that comes from fighting for your livelihood. And with 4 million members and cutting edge online campaign tactics, SumOfUs has the power to raise public awareness and turn this into a massive grassroots movement.

The Canadian parliament could vote on the Monsanto seed takeover any time — so we need to take action now.

As Vandana Shiva said, when corporations control seeds, they control life. They’re taking a renewable common resource and turning it into a non-renewable, patented commodity. It’s up to us to fight back. Can you chip in $5 a month?

Thanks for making your voices heard,

Paul and the team at SumOfUs.org

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