Monday, October 08, 2007
Week of 17-09-2007, United Nations emergency coordinator John Holmes said that conditions in Somalia had eclipsed those in Darfur and Chad as the most pressing African humanitarian crisis.
Malnutrition and disease are soaring here amid political insecurity and a string of natural disasters, including flooding and drought.
With many Western charities afraid to work in the dangerous country, the transitional government is struggling to cope, but lacks experience and money. Recently, aid groups complain, the government made the crisis worse by trying to tax incoming humanitarian assistance, setting up roadblocks that hindered food deliveries and even intimidating charities and the displaced by
accusing them of supporting "terrorists."
About 350,000 Somalis remain refugees from fighting this year in Mogadishu between government soldiers, supported by thousands of Ethiopian troops, and an insurgency consisting of anti-government clans and Islamist fighters. About 1.5 million people require humanitarian aid, an increase of 50% in recent months. Malnutrition rates are skyrocketing. About 17% of children in central and southern Somalia, or 83,000, are malnourished, according to UNICEF. Some 13,500 children, including Shukri, are so severely malnourished that they are at risk of starvation.
Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
A horde of grisly evidence recently turned up in European stores, including a coat stitched together from 40 German shepherd puppies and a rug made from four golden retrievers.
As shocking as this is, it shouldn't be surprising. In addition to causing miserable lives and sadistic deaths for millions of fur-bearing animals, the fashion industry has a deadly secret. The secret is where fur comes from, and it's not what most people think.
Many of the fur items hanging in stores today are made from domestic dogs and cats.
Please help me end this unthinkable practice by making a secure online donation today.
Mislabeled as Asian jackal, raccoon, or even rabbit, millions of dogs and cats are being killed for their fur—including some who are still wearing the collars that their loving guardians chose for them.
This is the dirty secret of the Chinese fur industry and the international fur trade that supports it—one that we discovered in a daring undercover investigation.
Our investigators went into an animal market in Southern China and found that cats and dogs were languishing—with 20 cats crammed into a tiny cage. Some had been on the road for days—transported without any food or water. There were dead and dying cats and dogs everywhere, some with open wounds.
These are the animals who end up as fur collars on coats or as lining for winter boots or gloves. Their fur is sold to unsuspecting consumers in some of the best-known American and European stores.
We must make this stop. We need to keep the pressure on the Chinese government as well as the fashion retailers who provide a market for dog and cat fur until they finally reject this abominable industry. Working together, I know that we can stop this cruel practice and save millions of animals each year. We've already convinced many top retailers and designers to take the fur-free pledge, and with dozens more taking initial steps toward compassion, I have seen how effective our campaigns can be.
Now we need to address one of the most unimaginably cruel industries. Please make as generous a tax-deductible donation as you can so we never have to witness the likes of that animal market ever again.
Thank you for everything you do for animals.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. While you're reading this e-mail, cats and dogs are being sold for their fur in animal markets in China. Please help us protect animals from the fur trade by making a secure, tax-deductible online donation today.
"God made each kind of wild beast, each kind of livestock and every kind of animal that crawls along the ground and God saw that it was good." [Genesis 1:25] Good for greed or Good for the sake of Good? You Decide!
It is sick and disturbing that dogfighting rings exist in the U.S. today.
But the fact is that dogs will continue to be abused and killed until we make sure that operators of dogfighting rings (as well as spectators) are appropriately punished.
I can't imagine what these dogs go through, not to mention the children who accompany the adults who attend such brutal events. Even though it's illegal in all 50 states, dog fighting participants and spectators are estimated in the tens of thousands.
We need to bring this brutal practice to an end.
Please take a minute to help stop dog fighting now»
Your action means so much to these dogs.
Care2 Campaign Team
"For all forest creatures are mine already, as are the animals on a thousand hills; I know all the birds in the mountains; whatever moves in the fields is mine...."