Archive for March, 2009

March 18, 2009

Personalise your letter – MSG from PETA

Urge Bali to Stop Inhumane Dog Killings!

To view PETA’s petition message, click here.

PETA has just posted a sample letter which we could also copy and personalise if we so wish to. See example below:

Stop Inhumane Dog Killings

I am appalled by the inhumane killing of dogs in Bali following reported rabies cases on the island. As you may know, strychnine poisoning is extremely inhumane and can cause intense pain before causing death by asphyxiation. A sustained program of vaccinating at least 70 percent of the dog population is the only humane and effective method for controlling rabies in animal populations. This should be done in conjunction with laws mandating the sterilization of all owned animals in order to prevent unwanted births, humane euthanasia of rabies-infected and unwanted animals, and humane-education programs in schools that teach children how to prevent rabies. These are the most effective ways to reduce stray-animal populations and control rabies. Please call off this cruel massacre immediately and establish an effective and humane program to control rabies.

Respectfully yours,

[Your name]

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March 17, 2009

MSG from WSPA – Petition to save dogs

“Bali’s dogs are dying….In a kneejerk reaction to six suspected human rabies fatalities, the island’s authorities have killed over 1,000 dogs. This number could rise dramatically.  The animal suffering is acute. Strychnine is being used to poison some of the dogs, leaving them conscious and convulsing until they eventually suffocate. People are suffering too – the vast majority of victims are pets that are allowed to roam freely.”

Please sign the petition today! Forward this link to all your friends. Click here now.

March 15, 2009

Spreading the Message

A friend of mine played around with glass tiles and created very beautiful pendants and accessories with them. I ordered some online. They were not expensive if you purchase them in bulk. The shipping was quite costly though. I experimented with them and realised I was able to make fairly professional looking badges and chest pins with them. The bigger heavier ones could double up as paper weight or fridge magnets. I will be pinning them on my bag, and distributing them to friends. 

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round-black-tile round-white-tile

In the months to come, I will be experimenting with more creative ways to spread the message – hopefully, more people would come to realise the seriousness of this issue. If you would like to help, please let me know how many tiles you would like (max 8 per person). You only need to pay for the postage and the materials. All tiles will come with the print mounted. You can decide if you want to use it as a chest pin, fridge magnet or paper-weight (magnets and pins may be purchased from craft shops cheaply).  Email: stopliveskinning@gmail.com

March 11, 2009

Make Cause Blogging part of your everyday lifestyle

I worked on refining my pledge today. I realised that it was too vague. So, I sat down and thought hard. I listed five action items:

  • design and develop posters and leaflets that may be downloaded for free to encourage individuals to post them in their neighbourhood or organisation.
  • paint and develop my representations in useful ways that could help build awareness.
  • follow the guidelines developed by PETA to write effective letters to influential people.
  • be a responsible consumer and support only the companies that are responsible
  • inform all my friends and family about this matter and include suggestions as to how they could also do their part by considering their skills and field of work

It is important to make cause blogging part of my everyday lifestyle because consistency is important and campaigning regularly is important if I want to be an effective campaigner. Yet, how can we do that if we are busy making ends meet or pursuing other passions that are equally important to us?

I remember conversations I had with some wonderful people living in the western suburbs of Sydney. They were regular, struggling folks who worked hard for their money. But, I saw kindness in their eyes. One lady replied, “Doll, I have five strays picked up from the streets. I donate to the RSPCA. I think I have done enough.” Another had said that he spent his time looking after orphan Koala bears, babies whose moms were killed in bush fires. We do what we can. I am inspired by people who care enough to do something about the abandoned. I felt that I was not doing enough to help the animals. I may have signed every single available petition online against the live skinning of cats and dogs, and many others. I may subscribe to PETA and WSPA so that I am updated with the lastest issues. But, is it enough? 

We do what we can.

I am no artist. But I am a lover of art and a trained art historian. I painted this painting of a poor dog waiting to be executed. It’s obtained from this site.

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If you would like to include this representation to your leaflet or other campaign material, drop me an email and I will send you a copy with higher resolution.

March 5, 2009

A Pledge

Today, I pledge that I would do everything within my capacity to campaign against the live skinning of cats and dogs, and all other animals. By taking this step, I hope to inspire and empower like-minded individuals to join me in this fight for a more humane society. We do not need to wear fur and it is wrong to skin animals while they are still alive. It is wrong to rear cats and dogs for their fur in inhumane conditions. 

Action taken:

Building my own Cause Blog.