Dogs Sold For Meat

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Dogs Sold For Meat

We would all like to think that animal cruelty rarely occurs, but there are dogs sold for meat even today.

These poor animals are kept in filthy cages with no chance of ever seeing a human as a person of trust.

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The dogs are brought out from the cage and killed by non-humane methods such as slitting their throats. This is done in full view of the dogs still in the cages.

Can you imagine what this might feel like? They live in a constant state of total despair.

And no, I am not talking about a third world country here. This is going on in South Korea on a daily basis.

The South Korean government is aware of this, yet does nothing to stop it apart from reportedly saying that they do not support it.

How can you help?

You can sign the petition at Stop Dog Meat.

You can visit Ending the Dog Meat Trade and make a donation.

You can write to your MP and ask for your Government to put pressure on the South Korean Government to put a stop to the dog meat trade.

Please note that not all South Koreans do this. It continues to happen due to a minority group of people.

Below are two videos. Both are very confronting.

The first shows a huge protest held in South Korea earlier this year.

The second shows what it is like for animals in a dog meat farm. Be warned before you scroll down, it is not pretty.

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Indonesian Tsunami

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Indonesian Tsunami

The Indonesian tsunami in the Sulawesi area has been in the news headlines worldwide.

But did you know that Indonesia has been struck with 3 separate disasters in one week? They have experienced the tsunami and the eartquake with all it’s aftershocks,  plus they now have to endure a volcanic eruption.

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Emergency Relief Issues

Not only are the rescue workers struggling to find people amongst the rubble and the mud. They now are faced with the prospect of essential aid not being delivered due to the ash cloud. Reports say that if it should drift any further, aircraft will be unable to fly in much-needed supplies.

Death Toll

The number of dead is now over 1400. Authorities are unable to estimate the eventual total. This is due to the difficulties being experienced caused by the earthquake and aftershocks.

There are possibly hundreds of people buried under the mudslides. No survivors are expected to be found there.

Appeal

The Indonesia Tsunami Emergency Appeal is underway. Oxfam are running this to aid in excess of 100,000 people.

You can help by visiting the Oxfam Site.

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World Habitat Day

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World Habitat Day

Normally falling on the first Monday in October, World Habitat Day has landed on the 1st of the month.

Habitat

I will bet that your first thoughts are that I am about to tell you of the plight of the Lesser Banded Red Plover. While such a bird may well exist and be in trouble, that is not what World Habitat Day is about.

Roofing

Yes, roofing is a commodity we are truly short of. That is to say, we have a serious worldwide problem where people do not have a decent roof over their heads.

 

It is estimated that there are currently 1 billion people living in slums and shanty towns.

It is further estimated that there will be, by the year 2030 there will be 1 in 4 people living in a slum or shanty town. Given the population growth estimates available, that will be over 2 billion human beings living in slums.

The Solution

I wish I had one. I think that only the worlds leaders can make a difference to the situation. According to Captain Picard, of the starship Enterprise, there will come a time when we, as one human race, will join together as one and forgo the constant need for materialistic things and put our fellow man first.

Let us hope and pray to your God that this happens before the situation goes too far.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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Nuclear Tests, Whats The Point?

Since 1945, nuclear tests have been carried out across the globe.

Getting close to a staggering 2,000 in fact.

Today is a day to sound your voice in protest against nuclear tests.

People refer to nuclear capability as a deterrent. We have no need for nuclear weapons. Every world leader knows that if nuclear weapons were to be used the devastation would be complete. There would be nothing left for anyone to argue about.

Probably no people left to argue either.

 

Australian Government In Tatters – Again

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Australian Government - The biggest joke in the world

That is what the Australian government is starting to look like.  The people who are governing our country, making changes that affect our lives, are behaving as though they were schoolboys in the yard arguing over who should be the boy in charge of their little “gang”.

They seem to forget that the flag they work under in Parliament House is a National flag. Every time they fall out with each other, the flag is sullied.

Leadership Spill History

In 2009 Turnbull was challenged for the party leadership by  Abbott. Tony Abbott won that one.

In 2010 Rudd was kicked off the perch by Gillard.

Jump to 2013 and Rudd knocks Gillard off on the third attempt.

2015. Abbott is in charge but Turnbull takes charge again on the second spill motion.

What really matters

The most important thing that a government should do is look after the entire electorate of Australia.

How on Earth are they supposed to do a good job of that when they are unable to work as a unified team without all the backstabbing?

The answer, they can’t.

Another Election?

I hate elections, but it is looking like there may be another one looming. The problem with that is that it will not solve the issues internally in the political parties. Before any election, they need to decide on a leader and support that leader through the full term of office. Otherwise, we will be back to the farce we currently have.

The song by The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again, has a line that goes something like, “here comes the new boss, same as the old boss”. That sums up a leadership spill for me.

If there is a general election, we need to get rid of the preferences system. That way, who you vote for cannot pass your vote to another politician that you do not know, and may not like either. If your one vote counts only towards the person you vote for we will truly have a government that has been elected by us.

Not by preference deals done behind the scenes between all of the party’s.