Cages

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment
For decades, we’ve successfully fought to secure laws banning cages in EU farming – from the barren battery cage for hens, to the notorious veal crate.
But just as improvements are made in one area, agricultural engineers have designed new cages, and politicians have waved them in – or granted exemptions in the laws we worked so hard to achieve.
If they are all laughing behind our backs, I want to wipe the smile off their faces. I hope you will feel the same, and join the fight to end all cages on Europe’s farms.
Will you become a founding funder of Compassion’s End the Cage Age campaign? Every penny, or cent, you donate here today will be dedicated to fighting caged farming.
This is our most ambitious campaign ever. Ending all cages in EU farming won’t happen overnight. It will take a campaign team who are the best in their field. It will take stamina and downright determination. And it will take money.
We estimate we’ll need at least £1 million in the first three years to make this campaign a success. Our initial fundraising target for this year is £150,000. That’s 10,000 founder funders giving £15. Or 5,000 giving £30. Click here to see what your donation could achieve.
It is time for action
I know you don’t need convincing that cages are cruel. But our team’s recent undercover investigation into Europe’s rabbit farms must surely be a wake-up call for this generation to End the Cage Age.
“Cages were either side of me and ran into the distance where a small shaft of light could be seen. The walkway looked like fresh snow – except it was rabbit fur – a white carpet, save for decomposing rabbits and an army of flies marching over them.”
“Just a machine, each doe is pulled from her cage for a few seconds to be inseminated. She’s still rearing her last litter. I realised this is the only time she’ll spend outside of her cage. The does’ production charts show they’ve been here for 2 years.”
“My heart sank as I looked down at a bundle of new-born rabbits at the front of their mother’s cage. Their little pink toes twitched as they slept. Were they dreaming? With their eyes yet to open, they had no idea what lay ahead of them. Looking around at the vast sheds filled with miserable rabbits I could see their future only too clearly…”
We can stop this. It is time for farming to evolve. If we work together, we can be the pioneers of a brand new era that is built on compassion, not cruelty. Please make a donation today to End the Cage Age.

Nestle monopoly of plants

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Nigella sativa — more commonly known as fennel flower — has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing patent claims around the world to try and take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower and turn it into a costly private drug.

Tell Nestlé: Stop trying to patent a natural cure!

In a paper published last year, Nestlé scientists claimed to “discover” what much of the world has known for millennia: that nigella sativa extract could be used for “nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy”.

But instead of creating an artificial substitute, or fighting to make sure the remedy was widely available, Nestlé is attempting to create a nigella sativa monopoly and gain the ability to sue anyone using it without Nestlé’s permission. Nestlé has filed patent applications — which are currently pending — around the world.

Prior to Nestlé’s outlandish patent claim, researchers in developing nations such as Egypt and Pakistan had already published studies on the same curative powers Nestlé is claiming as its own. And Nestlé has done this before — in 2011, it tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite the fact that such knowledge had been in Indian medical texts for a thousand years.

Don’t let Nestlé turn a traditional cure into a corporate cash cow.

This isn’t surprising, considering Nestle has a long track record of not caring about ethics. After all, this is the corporation that poisoned its milk with melamine, purchases cocoa from plantations that use child slave labor, and launched a breast milk substitute campaign in the 1970s that contributed to the suffering and deaths of thousands of babies from poor communities.

But we also know that Nestlé is sensitive to public outcry, and that it’s been beaten at the patent game before. If we act fast, we can put enough pressure on Nestlé to get it to drop its patent plans before they harm anyone — but if we want any chance at affecting Nestlé’s decision, we have to speak out now, while its patent claims are still under review.

Lion Ark secures global distribution

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment
 am delighted to inform you that our award-winning film ‘Lion Ark’ has secured global distribution with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. This exclusive deal covering television, video on demand, DVD/Blu Ray and in-flight entertainment will enable us to bring the plight of circus animals and their desire to be freed from their cages and chains to a global audience.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is one of the world’s leading distribution companies and the group has its own channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with flagship ITV broadcasting in 40 countries. Lion Ark is being showcased by ITV Studios Global Entertainment to TV buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes this week and Tim Phillips and I are taking a brief break from the ADI Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue mission in Peru – where we are assisting the authorities with the removal of its wild circus animals – to be in Cannes to help promote the film.

Tim and I have just returned from the opening of Arca de Leones (the Spanish version of the film) in cinemas across Bolivia. Announced with a press conference in the Bolivian Congress, the film generated huge media interest including numerous television shows and full page features in the national press.

As many know, Lion Ark follows our ambitious and challenging rescue of all circus animals in Bolivia. This followed a successful campaign to secure a ban by ADI and local groups, underpinned by our two-year undercover investigation in South America. Similar prohibitions have since followed in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Peru.

Watch the Lion Ark trailer here!

Entertaining and inspiring, action-documentary Lion Ark has won six best documentary awards at international film festivals, and received standing ovations and sell-out screenings at film festivals in the US and Europe. Telling the story of our undercover investigations, the lobbying, and enforcement of the ban, you can follow our rescue team as we journey across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the circuses defying the new law, save the animals, and reach a joyous finale as 25 lions are airlifted in our Operation Lion Ark flight to freedom in Colorado.

Feel the fear and joy as we fight to save each and every circus animal in the entire country. Close-up and personal, the film takes you right in the thick of the action and as close as you can get to these animals, understanding them and the effects of the circus.

Lion Ark has had a great impact on audiences on the issue of animals in entertainment, and especially in travelling circuses. Lion Ark shows people that animal circuses are wrong; that they can be ended and that, when laws are passed, we can save the animals. The film will be a great boost to the campaign worldwide and we look forward to Lion Ark reaching many people in the next 12 months. Everything the film makes will go towards ADI’s animal rescue work.

Having shown what we can do in Lion Ark, we are now raising money to save the circus animals in Peru – so if you can help us repeat the success of Bolivia, please donate here. To date we have rescued 13 lions and 4 monkeys and we have a further nine circus lions in our care in Colombia which will be joining the others on a Spirit of Freedom flight.  If you are able to support this mission it would be truly appreciated.

English seabird migration report

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from England is called Nesting birds at Flamborough Head.

From the Flamborough Bird Observatory in England, on Twitter today:

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‘We are Here to make History’ : Matthew Rimmer on attending the 2014 UN Climate Summit in New York

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Edward Elgar Publishing BLOG:

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In the wake of the 400,000 strong Climate March in New York and the Flood Wall Street protest, the United Nations hosted a Climate Summit in New York on the 23 September 2014. The event was intended to be a catalyst for the development of a binding, fair, and ambitious international agreement upon climate change.  Dr Matthew Rimmer writes about his experiences of being in New York at an historically important moment.

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Two days to go until Britain in Bloom results announced

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Tamworth Council's Blog:

In Bloom judging 2014 005The countdown is on – with just two days to do until we learn how we did in the national Britain in Bloom campaign, where Tamworth is representing the Heart of England region in the Small City category.

Tension is mounting as we wait to find out if all the hard work put in by community groups, schools and individuals, as well as the council, will lead to a gold award when the result are announced at a ceremony in Bristol on Thursday.

The borough was chosen to represent the region in the Small City category of the Britain in Bloom campaign after being named as category winner in the regional campaign last year. Two judges from the RHS visited Tamworth at the beginning of August and were taken on a tour of the borough, where they saw the results of years of hard work and dedication from dozens of charities, schools…

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Honest by Bruno Pieters

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Jim Wood:

Nice sustainable idea.

Originally posted on DENA SIMAITE - FAHION BLOG:

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Nowadays sustainability in fashion is a paradox on itself, as many fashion brands claim to be sustainable or use “organic cotton” when nobody actually knows what organic cotton is, how it is produced and how organic the cotton actually is. It is interesting how many brands use sustainability as a marketing tool in order to have a good image rather than try to actually be sustainable. It makes it difficult and confusing for consumers to make the right choices when buying sustainable garments. Bruno Pieters is a designer who is revolutionary for sustainability, as all of his designs are vegan  (meaning that there is no use of animals in his collections) and also transparent production wise. For every garment there is a whole page of information available about the manufacturers he works with and the production methods. Besides the ethical part, his designs are fashion forward as well. This…

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