Daphne D- AR: The Next Social Justice Movement

I am the voice of the voiceless: Through me, the dumb shall speak; Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear The cry of the wordless weak. And I am my brother’s keeper, And I will fight his fight; And speak the word for beast and bird Till the world shall set things right.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin:Shocking Choice by John McCain !

Sarah Palin Supports the Aerial Hunting of Wolves


August 29, 2008
Shocking Choice by John McCain
WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate:

Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration. “This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”
###The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund http://www.defendersactionfund.org/ provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.

Gov Sarah Palin - just another dirty politician-

The top 11 things you should know about Sarah Palin!!


Despite strong scientific, ethical and public opposition to aerial hunting, Governor Palin has…
Proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf.
Approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting.
Introduced legislation to make it even easier to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears.

Governor Sarah Palin: A Champion for Brutal Aerial Hunting


"Tell Sen. McCain What You Think of His Choice !!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Banned Dog Meat Served In Beijing

3:49pm UK, Friday August 22, 2008

Alex Watts, In China

Restaurants in Beijing are continuing to serve dog meat despite an Olympic ban on the infamous dish.

Alex manages to sample at least one mouthful of the dog meat dish
Officials red-carded the food because they were worried about upsetting tourists visiting the capital during the Beijing Games.
But Sky News found five Beijing restaurants still serving the dish, and went along to visit one of them in the north-west of the city.
Da Cheng Jiu Jia, which in English means Big Honest Restaurant, specialises in dog meat, serving up everything from dog hot pot to fried dog's penis.
We bought a bowl of poodle, I mean noodle soup, with a generous handful of poached dog meat scattered over the top, for 60 yuan - £5 - and a plate of stir-fried dog in chilli sauce for £2.50.

The dishes didn't go down very well
The staff expressed little surprise that a foreigner was ordering the meat - despite the Olympic ban - and were more concerned about how incompetently I was handling my chopsticks.
The fried dog meat was revolting, and even though the fiery sauce managed to cover up most of the flavour, neither me nor my Chinese translator managed more than a mouthful.
But the poached dog meat was far worse. It is difficult to draw comparisons. The closest description I can muster is putrid pork, with a stringy texture similar to well-stewed beef.
I managed a mouthful of each, purely for research purposes, and was glad I'd ordered a plate of spinach and fried vegetables to help it down.
The owner showed no surprise when we left most of our meal - and in case you're wondering she didn't offer us a doggy bag.
She told my translator they did not know where the dog had come from, or what breed it was, but said it was bought from a wholesaler outside Beijing.
"We buy it in bags," she said." It is a mixture of different types of dog. Big ones and small ones."

Sky News found five places to buy dog
Animal rights groups have slammed the dog meat trade in China, and said the Olympic ban was simply a cosmetic move to try to clean up the city's image for foreign visitors.
Earlier this year, Sky News told how investigation agency Ecostorm gained access to the industry by posing as businessmen and secured pictures of dogs being brutally killed with clubs and knives.
The images showed the animals taking up to seven minutes to die before they are boiled and skinned.
They said is was one of the worst examples of animal-abuse they have ever seen.During the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea also banned dog from menus.

Would your dog survive Beijing?‏

On Friday 15th August Naturewatch’s Director, John Ruane and I made our way to Downing Street to hand over our petition: Animal Cruelty in China, which received support from a massive 38,217 people.
Incredibly, these 38,217 signatures were gathered in just 2 months, a majority of which were collected using the traditional paper method by thousands of compassionate and loyal supporters of Naturewatch. Alongside this, the budding online community also did a fantastic job of circulating the petition to all corners of the globe via the internet.
Thank you to everyone! Your enthusiasm and compassion has clearly highlighted the huge public concern for the millions of animals in China.
The UK government has developed a strong relationship with the Chinese President and boasts the most scrupulous of animal protection laws. On these grounds, Naturewatch, together with 38,217 members of the public and a high number of MPs stand united, urging the UK Prime Minister to raise the issue of animal welfare with the Chinese President during his visit to Beijing for the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
Having lobbied the UK Government on this issue, we now plan to broaden the campaign and have turned our attention to the European Parliament and the European Commission. At present we are working to rally support from MEPs throughout the EU with the aim of building yet a greater alliance to put pressure on the Chinese authorities to improve their currently unacceptable animal welfare standards.
The cruel and inhumane treatment of animals in China is notorious and widely deplored. Whilst we are aware of the challenging road that lies ahead, our determination to see an end to animal cruelty in China will continue to drive us towards our goal of working with the Chinese government to introduce animal protection laws.
Would your dog survive Beijing?

Imagine this. You've a nice home, a good job, and your dog is healthy and enjoying family life. All is well, until you hear this news:
"Local authorities have been given the power to enter city homes and seize any dogs that are over 35cm (13.8") tall as they are deemed to be dangerous. Owners have two choices; either hand over their over-sized dogs or move to a different city."
This is what happened in Beijing, and as a result, countless families live in fear of their ‘large’ dogs being discovered by the Beijing authorities and subsequently killed; some are even beaten to death in front of their owners. Read more >>
Popular breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Fox Terriers, even Cocker Spaniels are forcibly taken from families and killed.
To raise awareness, and to demonstrate how potentially damaging this law could be, we want to illustrate how many pet dogs around the world wouldn't survive the Beijing regulations. This is an opportunity to share our favourite stories, whilst enlightening China to how much joy medium and large dogs bring into our lives. Read more >>

To take part please e-mail Jennie on jennierudd@naturewatch.eu with the following:
Your dog’s name.
Your dog’s breed.
Your dog’s height.
A story to illustrate your dog’s loving character and/or intelligence.
A photograph – no more than 50KB
Photos, details and stories will published on the Spotlight on China website.

Friday, August 15, 2008

China demo IDA .August 8.2008 .Los Angeles