April 9, 2009

Animal Lovers to Speak Up

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Join Louis of ACRES at the Speakers’ Corner on Saturday! Here is a short message from Louis: 

“Why should you care that over one million sharks were killed last year alone for the sake of shark fin soup? Because this is not just about sharks. When sharks die, the oceans die. Latest research shows that when sharks are removed from the ecosystem, the entire marine food chain starts to collapse, and takes with it the food resources on which large populations of humans depend. It all happens under the surface and out of sight, so we never get to see it. But now we can. A ‘first-of-its-kind’ ACRES Event. Join ACRES for a revealing display of the devastating domino effect caused by the disappearance of sharks. This event to launch ACRES’ campaign against shark fin soup will be held at Hong Lim Park (Speaker’s Corner) on 18 April 2009 from 2pm to 4pm. It is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to show their support for the thousands of creatures threatened by the soup. If you have ever eaten shark fin, please come and discover why the practice is so destructive. If you love nature and the earth, please come learn about this catastrophe under the sea. Even if you couldn’t care less about sharks or nature, please come find out how this will change your life. Because like it or not, all of us are eventually going to pay the price for Asia’s ravenous indulgence in this soup. 

Event details:

‘When sharks die, the oceans die’ 
Saturday 18th April 2009 2pm – 5pm
Hong Lim Park (Speakers’ Corner)”

And he was absolutely right. In fact, it was just yesterday when a fellow campaigner from Canada highlighted a recent article she had read about: how biologists have recently discovered life-size squids – literally the size of a human being – increase in numbers because sharks, which for centuries had been controlling their population, have now dropped in such drastic numbers. The role that sharks had been playing – in the food chain – should not be underestimated. These life-size squids are poisonous and are creating havoc in the underwater world, terrorizing other fishes and divers. Of course, I had joked, we could always make a meal out of these squids and that should “fix” the problem. I won’t for a moment doubt that another problem would occur. In fact, this is an urgent reminder that we must not destroy the ecological cycle or the consequences can be quite unimaginable!

April 7, 2009

Is Ignorance Bliss?

In this day and age – there is no such thing as ignorance being bliss. Not when there is the Internet and information is literally at our fingertips. You would be lying to yourself if you say that ignorance is bliss. True, it is MUCH easier not to know because that means we don’t have to ‘feel’ upset or angry – life is hard enough as it is right? Wrong. It is not true. It is all a matter of choice and how you want to live your life. I choose to know. I find empowerment and meaning BY doing something – no matter how small and minute the act is – to reduce suffering or to stand up for injustice. Most of the time, suffering is completely unnecessary. There ARE ALWAYS alternatives – we don’t have to eat battery eggs, we don’t have to drink diary milk for calcium, we don’t have to wear fur, …yes the list goes on. 

I will be adding a new section to this cause blog to include some of the work done by a few organisations I personally subscribe to. So do check it out and forward them on to your friends. And before you go, how about signing a petition now?

“Government to Permit Brutal Slaughter—-In mid-2007 Animals Australia was shocked to learn that several Victorian abattoirs were exploiting a legal loophole and slaughtering fully conscious sheep (without stunning) for small export contracts to the Middle East—despite this brutal method of slaughter being completely opposed by the Australian public...” Read more.

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April 5, 2009

Spread the Word: Street Campaigns

Distractions aside, I have been able to secure some time for the upcoming weeks for street campaigning. I’m a little apprehensive about the kind of responses I may get but I’m sure I would be able to overcome these obstacles. Hopefully I could squeeze in a blog or two about my street campaigns – around and about the city of Brisbane. Happy to say that my flyers are ready (finally!). If you need a copy, email stopliveskinning@gmail.com and I will send you a high-res pdf copy with your own blogsite/address (optional).

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Size: A4 (makes 6 flyers) ; Black and White
To print on recycled paper or unwanted paper

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Print-making can be another quick and easy way to print flyers. The foam letters are purchased from K-Mart and mounted onto a board (A5) laterally inverted. Slather on the poster paint of your choice and print the letters onto coloured or recycled paper; it’s absolutely up to you how you want to represent your message. Remember to remind everyone to “pass it on”. Good luck!

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]

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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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.