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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Πρόσκληση σε Ημερίδα με τον Πρωτοπόρο Φιλόσοφο του Κινήματος για τα Δικαιώματα των Ζώων, Τom Regan

Πρόσκληση σε Ημερίδα με τον Πρωτοπόρο Φιλόσοφο του Κινήματος για τα Δικαιώματα των Ζώων, Τom Regan-The American Philosopher and Leader of the Animal Rights Movement, Mr Tom Regan, in Athens‏

Αγαπητοί φίλοι και φίλες, Οι ΜΚΟ και μέλη του ΠΑΝΔΟΙΚΟ, ΠΟΛΙΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΑ ΤΗΣ ΦΥΣΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΣ ΖΩΗΣ και ΣΟΛΩΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΣΥΝΘΕΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΝ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΚΟ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟ, σας προσκαλούν στην Ημερίδα με θέμα "Άνθρωποι - Ζώα - Φύση: από τον Ανθρωποκεντρισμό στον Οικοβιοκεντρισμό" (για τα δικαιώματα της φύσης και της ζωής) την Τετάρτη, 24 Ιουνίου 2009, 17.00 - 21.00, στην Ελληνοαμερικανική Ένωση, Μασσαλίας 22, Αθήνα. http://www.hau.gr/?i=hau.en.map

The ecological NGO, CITIZENS FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE AND LIFE AND SOLON FOR THE SYNTHESIS AND ECOLOGICAL CULTURE, organize an event with the subject: “People-Animals-Nature: From Humancenterism to Ecobiocenterism” on Wednesday 24th June, 2009, 17.00-21.00, in the Hellenic-American Union, Massalias 22, Athens.

Επίσημος ομιλητής ο πρωτοπόρος φιλόσοφος του κινήματος για τα δικαιώματα των ζώων TOM REGAN -συμμετέχει και η Ελληνική Εταιρεία Ηθικής

The official lecturer is the honorary emeritus professor of Philosophy in the University of North Carolina, Tom Regan. Mr Regan is considered the philosophical leader of the movement for the rights of animals in the USA and has been rewarded with the Gandhi award. He has written and published more than twenty books as well as hundreds of papers on environmental policy, euthanasia and animal rights in which he explores what is really moral and right.
Other speakers that will honour with their presence the event, are the professors of Philosophy in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Theodosis Pelegrinis, Evangelos Protopapadakis, and Elena Papanikolaou, as well as representatives of political parties.

Event of this scope and content takes place for the first time in Greece, and has as an objective to promote the ideas of deep ecology and ecological culture, giving emphasis on the equitable and just relations of the person with himself and his/her environment and the other forms of life. The event aims to puzzle us strongly for our attitude toward nature and life, and to lay hopefully the foundations for a different stance towards all living organisms, based on the principles and values of respect, peaceful living and harmonious coexistence.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Truth in Fur Labeling Act Introduced

May 20, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Moran, Virginia Democrat, joined with Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) to introduce legislation today, the "Truth in Fur Labeling Act," which requires honest labeling of fur products sold in the United States. The bill, supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), would close the loophole which allows products valued at less than $150 to not list the types of fur included in the garment or product. "The fur loophole deprives American consumers of the facts needed to make an informed purchase," said Moran. "Many Americans choose not to purchase fur products, preferring instead "faux" fur as a substitute. This loophole is being exploited by exporters pawning off dog and cat fur as an artificial fiber. The public would be outraged to learn their favorite hat or pair of gloves was lined with the fur of their favorite companion animal." "People depend on product labels to make informed decisions about their purchases," said Bono Mack. "This bill would close the loophole that has allowed too many companies to sell fur products made from cats and dogs under the guise of being ´faux.´ Consumers deserve to know what they´re buying and be confident in whether or not it´s fake or real fur, regardless of the cost of the product." It is illegal to import, export, sell or advertise any domestic dog or cat fur in the United States. Fur from other animals must be identified with a label, but only if the value of the fur exceeds $150. The Moran-Bono Mack legislation aims to protect consumers and animals by requiring all garments that include fur be labeled, regardless of value.In recent years, HSUS investigators found a proliferation of falsely labeled and falsely advertised dog fur on fashion clothing sold by some of the largest names in U.S. retailing. Of the fur-trimmed jackets subjected to mass spectrometry testing by HSUS, 96 percent were found to be domestic dog, wolf or raccoon dog, and either mislabeled or not labeled at all.
"Consumers need to know what they're getting so they can make informed purchasing choices," says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "As a result of our investigations, we´ve seen dog fur labeled as coyote, and real fur labeled as faux fur. We are grateful to Representatives Moran and Bono Mack for introducing this important consumer protection bill, and we urge the Congress to pass it swiftly into law."Half of all fur garments entering the United States come from China, where large numbers of domestic dogs and cats as well as raccoon dogs are killed every year for their fur by brutal methods, sometimes skinned alive. The Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000 banned the trade in dog and cat fur after an HSUS investigation revealed the death toll at 2 million animals a year and found domestic dog fur for sale in the United States. The Moran-Bono Mack legislation will close a loophole in the Fur Products Labeling Act of 1951 that exempts garments with a "relatively small quantity or value" of fur from requiring labels disclosing the name of the species, the manufacturer, the country of origin and other pertinent information for consumers. The Federal Trade Commission defines that value today as $150—an amount that allows multiple animal pelts on a garment without a label. It would also require the FTC to hold a rulemaking process to review its Fur Products Name Guide ensure the accuracy and consistency of species names.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stop Long Distance Transport of Sheep for Slaughter Petition


Stop Long Distance Transport of Sheep for Slaughter Petition

To: Minister Sotirios Xatzigakis

I am writing to express my concern and opposition regarding the government’s plan to resume the export of live sheep to Arabian countries.
Transporting animals long distances for slaughter falls well short of providing the level of animal protection now demanded by most developed countries.
Despite efforts in recent years to improve the welfare of farmed animals transported for slaughter over long distances, many thousands of animals continue to suffer and die every year on long sea and road journeys, and I believe it is impossible to make these grueling trips humane.
I urge you protect the animal welfare laws by refusing to resume live sheep exports , to stand firm against the cruelty of live export and maintain the country’s reputation.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Major Victory for Seals

After decades of violent slaughters on the ice floes of Canada, the Canadian sealing industry's biggest customer, the EU, has stood up for seals and voted for compassion.