We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. – John Lennon

“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.”

-Benjamin Hoff

Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been condemned by the Pope and is prohibited in 15 countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

I did not understand the ways of the white man. I have seen the villages where they lived. And I had seen the people in the streets, begging for money, because they were hungry. And they call themselves civilized, and us, savages.

- Sitting Bull (Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake)
I don’t fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.

- Malalai Joya, Interview (2009)

The world has lost 97% of its total tiger population in only 100 years.

For a dog, you do not need big cars, big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A stick is already great. A dog does not care if you’re rich or poor, smart or dumb. A dog judges others not by their color, creed or class but by who they are inside. Give your heart to him, and he will give his. It’s really very simple, but even so, we humans, as wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really matters or not. How many people can you say that? How many people make you feel unique, pure and special? How many people make you feel special?

Eu gostaria da ajuda de vocês para espalhar esta notícia.

Estão vendo estas fotos? Então. Cães e gatos, vivos ou mortos, estão sendo usados como isca para tubarões por pescadores amadores da ilha da Reunião, que fica sob administração francesa. Organizações de proteção aos animais e autoridades locais revelaram a informação. A Pequena ilha vulcânica localizada ao largo da costa oriental da África está repleta de cães vadios. Para ter uma ideia do tamanho do problema, são mais de 150,000 animais.

Equipes de filmagem foram enviadas por Reha Hutin para registrar as atrocidades cometidas para depois serem expostas na televisão, e, se possível, na internet. A notícia é de 2005, porém não foi muito divulgada e até hoje o problema continua.

Havia uma petição, mas o link que eu encontrei estava danificado.

More than 150,000 dogs and cats are being used as shark bait in the island of Reunion, which is under French administration. The news hasn’t spread, so this problem continues.

Many of the world’s diamonds are harvested using practices that exploit and degrade children, communities, the labor force, and the local environment. Workers are subject to brutality, degrading working conditions, low pay, and sometimes death. Labor abuses are built into the industry in many parts of the world, community development remains stagnant, and environmental degradation continues apace.

Small-scale mining is usually an illegal activity carried out under dangerous, often unhealthy conditions, and without safety equipment, proper tools, or recognition from the state. Gender imbalances and child labor also plague the sector, which is composed of some of the poorest people in the world. Without formal training or education in their trade, small-scale miners often rely on harmful practices that can leave the earth ruined for future agricultural development.

Lack of regulation, harsh labor conditions, and poor wages make child labor a regular practice in the diamond trade. Children are commonly considered an easy source of cheap labor and are often sent into small areas of mines that adults aren’t able to enter. They are often given dangerous and physically challenging tasks, such as moving earth from pits, or descending from ropes into small holes or pits where landslides may claim their lives.

In Angola, a recent study found 46% of miners are under the age of 16, with many of the children working because of war, poverty, and the absence of education. And in India, where more than half of the world’s diamonds are processed, child labor is commonly used for cutting and polishing diamonds. Taken on as “apprentices,” these children suffer for years in dangerous conditions for little to no pay until they are replaced, often by younger siblings.

While over half of the Congo’s foreign exchange earnings are derived from the export of diamonds, and an estimated 700,000 people dig for them, most are unregistered, and their efforts are largely unrecognized. In fact, more than 90% of the country’s $700 million in diamond exports is produced by small-scale entrepreneurs earning wages of a dollar a day – the international standard for extreme poverty.

In Sierra Leone, diamond-rich regions remain poor in absolute terms. Partnership Africa Canada found that Kono District, which has produced billions of dollars worth of diamonds and is home to the largest concentration of artisanal miners, has a far higher level of poverty than Pujehun District, a largely agricultural area.

Kim Kardashian is going to be making 45 million dollars by selling pictures and video from her wedding.

Meanwhile:

  • we “can’t afford” to fund NPR
  • we “can’t afford” to fund Planned Parenthood
  • we “can’t afford” to fund education
  • small businesses are drowning in this economy
  • thousands in this country can’t afford to properly feed themselves or their children

This whole post comes from a blog called World Realities. Anyone interested in world issues, environmentalism, activism, gay rights, rape, vegetarianism and veganism, among other subjects, should definitely check it out.

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