New Zealand: Please Give Your Support to Amending the Law to Prohibit Factory Farms in NZ.

We want the House of Representatives to AMEND THE LAW to prohibit factory farms in New Zealand

There is an upcoming debate in the NZ Parliament on an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act proposed by Sue Kedgley. By signing this petition you will not only be supporting Sue Kedgley’s Bill but strongly voicing the need for laws in New Zealand to reflect our nations fundamental beliefs of civilised human behaviour in our society that does not tolerate nor justify cruelty in any form.

To sign this online petition and view it’s specific proposed amendments please click on Online Petition.

PLEASE NOTE: This not Sue Kedgley’s Animal Welfare Amendment (Treatment Of Animals) Bill. However, a strong online response will add to the debate and display the depth of feeling of the New Zealand public. It is hoped that all the proposed amendments of this online petition will be included in some form to any changes to the Animal Welfare Act.

To sign the petition, please click on the following link

http://www.yourpetition.co.nz/node/1

Whatever country you live in, it is important that support is given to have this legislation passed.

Please support it today, add your signature.

Posted Mon, 08/30/2010 – 18:02 by admin

We want the House of Representatives to AMEND THE LAW to Prohibit Factory Farms in New Zealand
Our Animal Welfare Act 1999 is for the welfare of animals and NOT for the benefit of humans. It states that all animals should “be able to display normal patterns of behaviour”. Intensive farming occurs because of exemptions allowed in the Act. This is solely for economic self-interest within the industry.
This petition requests that the House of Representatives amend the Animal Welfare Act 1999 as follows:

1.      Remove Section 191. (These are “Codes of Conduct” allowing exceptions to the Act drafted by the users themselves, for their economic benefit).

2.      Remove Section 73 (3). (This clause is often used for exemptions “in exceptional circumstances”. i.e. it permits cruel practices for economic reasons).

3.      Update Section 4 (b) to: Adequate shelter: “which must not restrict freedom of movement nor confine animals indoors on a continuous daily basis”.

4.      Add to Section 4 a new clause (f): “Animals are recognised as sentient beings and are to be treated with respect”.

5.      Add to Section 4 a new clause (g): “Exemptions from this Act cannot be justified for economic reasons”.

6.      Specifically ban cages in the production of eggs and in the farming of pigs.

7.      Specifically ban practices that prevent adequate natural sunlight from being available to any farmed animal on a prolonged basis.

These updates will mean that the industries involved will have to comply within the definitions of the Act without exceptions. Some immediate effects will be the end of battery hen cages, the end of sow crates, the end of forced growth programs and overcrowding in the raising of broiler chickens.

Global: At the Start of Vegetarian Awareness Month; 3 Reasons Why Mother Nature Wants You To Eat Less Meat

 

3 Reasons Why Mother Nature Wants You To Eat Less Meat

Today (01/10/10) is World Vegetarian Day and it is the kick-off event for World Vegetarian Awareness Month.

You’ll probably see a lot of posts about why consuming animal products is cruel, and for those who feel passionately about animal rights, this is an important argument.

But is it the most compelling reason for reducing the amount of meat we eat? Of the handful of reasons I’ve experimented with a vegetarian diet over the past decade, animal rights were pretty low on the list.

This is not to say that I don’t care about animal rights (I do) it’s just not as important as the other reasons, especially the negative environmental impacts of producing, packaging, and transporting an enormous amount of meat for human consumption.

What’s the point of saving animals to live on a sick and dying planet?

Here are some of my favorite environmental reasons why eating less meat can lead to a healthier world:

1. Wasted Resources

In case you haven’t noticed, we are speeding toward a global energy crisis. Coal, oil, and other fossil fuels are not only dirty and dangerous, they are quickly becoming depleted. According to Cornell ecologist David Pimentel, the production of animal protein demands tremendous expenditures of fossil-fuel energy—about eight times as much for a comparable amount of plant protein.

The meat industry is also a major reason that the world is quickly running out of fresh water. According to Ed Ayres, of the World Watch Institute, “Around the world, as more water is diverted to raising pigs and chickens instead of producing crops for direct consumption, millions of wells are going dry. India, China, North Africa and the U.S. are all running freshwater deficits, pumping more from their aquifers than rain can replenish.”

2. Endangered Species

In a 1997 report titled, A Geography of Hope, the USDA found that in the United States, grazing has contributed to the demise of 26 percent of federal threatened and endangered species.

A 1988 study by the University of California Press estimated that for each hamburger made from rainforest beef, members of life forms from approximately 20 to 30 different plant species, 100 different insect species, and dozens of bird, mammals, and reptile species are destroyed.

With acres of rainforest being cleared at an accelerating rate every day, its conceivable that these statistics have increased dramatically.

3. Climate Change

In 2006, the United Nations released a shocking report that found raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

And its not just the cow burps. Massive amounts of manure (much of it tainted with disease and chemicals), deforestation to make room for grazing animals, synthetic fertilzers used to grow grain for feed, and the greenhouse gases required to transport, process, and refrigerate all of the meat all contribute to negative climate changes that are felt all over the world.

Still not convinced?

According to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Chicago, eating a vegan diet prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions every year, more than the 1 ton of CO2 emissions prevented by switching from a typical large sedan to a Toyota Prius.

So if you can’t afford an electric car, or aren’t brave enough to become a bike commuter, you can have an even bigger impact by simply skipping the meat case at the grocery store.

Getting Started

After several decades of eating meat, the idea of eliminating it from your diet all together can be terrifying, and it’s important to ease into the change comfortably or you’ll never stick with it.

Check out the very successful Meatless Monday campaign – an international initiative to help people give up meat one day a week. They have recipes, toolkits, nutritional information and links to hundreds of participating blogs that can help you see how easy it is to survive (and thrive!) without meat.

Source Link:  http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/why-mother-nature-wants-you-to-eat-less-meat/

ALSO Check Out the following:

http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/youcando/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Vegetarian_Day

http://www.sfvs.org/wvd/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8046970.stm

http://www.vegetarian.org.nz/content/whats-on/world-vegetarian-day-2010/

http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/2008/09/world-vegetarian-day-1st-october.html

http://www.news.for-vegans.co.uk/

USA: Senate Passes Bill To Ban ‘Crush’ Videos – Excellent News; But Further Action Needed From US Citizens.

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sale, creation and distribution of crush videos, or sexual fetish videos showing small live animals being tortured, maimed and crushed by women in heels.

Crush videos were illegal in the U.S. until the Supreme Court overturned the 1999 Crush Act in the case of U.S. v. Stevens last April with the position that it violated the First Amendment right to free speech.

The vote overturned the conviction of Robert Stevens, who was found guilty of selling videotapes of dogfights in 2005. While the Crush Act was intended to target crush porn and other depictions of animal cruelty, some had problems with with the breadth of the law and many were concerned that it would be used to prosecute people with videos of hunting, bullfights or undercover footage.

Unfortunately, after the Crush Act was struck down, the industry has made a comeback, according to Nancy Perry, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Humane Society of the United States.

Since then, a new bill was drafted and passed in the House by a vote of 416-3 in July. The revised senate version, sponsored by Senators Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Jeff Merkely, D-Ore., is a little bit stronger and will now make its way back to the House for approval before going to Obama for his signature.

The Senate bill prohibits the creation of crush videos, in addition to their sale and distribution and does not require proof that the videos were intended for commercial gain, simply having them will be illegal. Additionally, turning materials over to law enforcement would not make someone guilty of possession.

While the First Amendment is vital for our freedom of expression, most of us would agree that materials containing anything showing cruelty to animals simply has no inherent value, and falls on the scale of obscenity or child pornography, which are afforded no constitutional protection.

Don’t let those who abuse the innocent hide behind free speech. Please take a minute to contact your representatives asking them to pass the Senate version of the bill and send it off to the President for a signature and sign Care2’s petition urging Congress to ban videos of animal cruelty.

For more info visit stopcrush.org.

Source Link:  

http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/senate-votes-to-ban-crush-porn/

 

 

Uk: Activists For Global CO2 Climate Changes Produce Effective Video To Send Message.

 

 

 

 

British activists have blown the lid off the climate debate with a video that shows climate doubters, including schoolkids, being blown up into bloody bits on screen.

10:10, the climate group responsible for the video, is promoting a global campaign to cut carbon emissions by 10 percent a year, starting in the year 2010.

During the 3+ minute clip (featured below) those who seem to doubt global warming are first told there is “no pressure” to participate in the campaign. But seconds later, they are literally blown up by teachers, coaches, and colleagues who disapprove of their lack of enthusiasm.

Climate change activists that have been gearing up for the (completely unrelated) 10/10/10 event sponsored by 350.org are apalled at the video, saying it strengthens the perception that environmentalists are judgemental and ruthless.

“It’s the kind of stupidity that really hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions, not the least of which is that we’re out-of-control elitists. Not to mention crazy, and also with a completely misplaced sense of humor,” Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, wrote on Grist.

Despite the backlash, the creators of the video are unapologetic.

From the 10:10 Global website:

“We wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh. We were therefore delighted when Britain’s leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis – writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill and many others – agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn’t and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.“As a result of these concerns we’ve taken it off our website. We won’t be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.”

Is the video genius or gross?

Watch it below and share your thoughts in a comment.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4gU965ppcA&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

Palm Oil: How You As A Consumer Can Make A Difference.

Palm Oil is found in many products at the supermarket. It makes crisps crispy and soap soapy. But what does it do to the environment and the animals that live there? 

Expansion of palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia has destroyed the habitats of orangutans and other endangered species. 

This video from the World Wildlife Fund combines some beautiful photography with information about the threat, and urges you to buy products with sustainable palm oil. 

A few years ago, I went to see the orangutans in East Malaysia and had to drive through miles of palm oil plantations to get to the small jungle area saved for them. Sad.

Video – How our consumer choices affect wildlife:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1DQwaauwE&feature=player_embedded

Check out Care2 Issues – Environment and Animal Welfare

http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/

http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/