Thursday, April 25, 2013

As Tigers Go Extinct, Chinese Medicine Turns to Lions

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Subject: As Tigers Go Extinct, Chinese Medicine Turns to Lions

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stop Abuse of Mules at Nepalese Brick Factories

Stop Abuse of Mules at Nepalese Brick Factories

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Donkeys and mules are suffering and dying at brick factories in Nepal. It's time for government officials to step in and stop the cruelty.
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Dear _________,

The lives of mules and donkeys in Nepalese brick factories are brutal and short. These poor creatures are literally worked to death; some have simply dropped dead in the middle of the work day.

A local animal welfare group is working to raise awareness and stop the cruelty. Sign their petition demanding the Nepalese government act to stop abuse at brick factories.

The wounds these animal endure while carrying bricks to and from kilns are horrible and graphic. At least one has been worked to the bone: photos show trauma injuries that left its spine exposed. According the group on the ground, 15 equines have died just since December.

We can't stand by while mules and donkeys continue to be overworked, overloaded and beaten until they expire.

Demand Nepalese ministers of finance, agriculture and industries act now to stop abuse at these bloody brick factories.


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Break Monsanto’s grip

Subject: Break Monsanto's grip

Dear Avaazers,

One mega-company is gradually taking over our food supply -- putting the planet's food future in serious danger. But we can turn the tide on Monsanto and other companies that push through policies that prioritise their profits over the public good. Pledge €4 now to help stop this dangerous domination of our politics and our food:

One mega-company is gradually taking over our global food supply, poisoning our politics and putting the planet's food future in serious danger. To stop it we need to expose and break up Monsanto's worldwide grip.

Monsanto, the chemical giant that gave us poisons like Agent Orange and DDT, has a super-profitable racket. Step 1: Develop pesticides and genetically modified (GM) seeds designed to resist them, patent the seeds, prohibit farmers from replanting their seeds year to year, then send undercover agents out to investigate and sue farmers who don't comply. Step 2: Spend millions lobbying government officials and contributing to political campaigns, get former Monsanto bigwigs into top government jobs, and then work with them to weaken regulations and push Monsanto goods into markets across the world.

As long as US law allows corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence policy, they can often buy the laws they want. Last year, Monsanto and biotech giants spent a whopping $45m to kill a ballot initiative that would have labelled GMO products just in California, despite 82 percent of Americans wanting to know if they are buying GM. And just this month, the company helped ram through the "Monsanto Protection Act," that blocks courts from stopping the sale of a product even if they've been wrongly approved by the government.

Monsanto's power in the US gives them a launch pad to dominate across the world. But brave farmers and activists from the EU, to Brazil, to India and Canada are resisting and starting to win.

We're at a global tipping point. If enough of us pledge just €4 now, we can join forces to break Monsanto's grip on our politics and our food and help stop the corporate capture of our governments. Avaaz will only process the pledges if we get enough to make a real difference:

Monsanto is driving an industrial farming takeover -- trampling small farmers and small businesses as vast 'monoculture' farms of single crops leech the land of nutrients, diminish genetic diversity, and create dependency on fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. The irony is, it's not clear that the decimation of natural, sustainable farming has brought any boom in crop yields. Just more profit for the corporations. Our governments should step in, but Monsanto's lobbying obstructs them.

Monsanto's near monopoly is breath-taking, with patent rights over 96% of the GM seeds planted in the US. And despite concerns about health and safety, the same patents allow Monsanto to prevent any farmer or scientist from testing their seeds! Still, a few countries have banned or restricted Monsanto products.

They claim their products cost less, but often farmers are lured into multi-year contracts, then seed prices rise, and they have buy new seed each season and use more herbicides to keep out 'superweeds'. In India, the situation is so dire that one cotton area has been called 'the suicide belt', as tens of thousands of the poorest farmers have taken their lives to escape crippling debt.

But farmers and scientists are also fighting back -- and winning. One group in India has helped win three patent battles against the corporations, and in Brazil five million farmers sued Monsanto for unfair collection of royalties, and won a $2 billion payout! Scientists are campaigning for sustainable agriculture models, and just last week 1.5 million of us joined the fight against conventional patents in the EU.

Only a massive, global, united force can stand up to Monsanto and the corporate capture of our governments. Let's expose this dominance of our democracies, help farmers speak out, challenge unjust laws and patents, and go head to head with the corporate lobbies. Pledge €4 to support action now:

We are running out of time. As we confront massive environmental, climate and food crises, we need sustainable agriculture and innovation, but that is best done by multiple farmers and scientists who know what works best in different ecosystems, rather than one monolith driven by their own profit, taking control our food future.

This corporate Goliath is increasing in power across our world. But if our 21 million strong community stands together, we have a chance. Avaaz members have repeatedly stood up against the world's biggest bullies, and won. Now it is time for us to go big to save our policies from special interests, protect our food supply, and get justice for poor farmers.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Oli, Joseph, Ricken, Pascal, Chris, Michelle, Emily, and the whole Avaaz team


Seeds of discontent (Texas Observer):

Monsanto sued small farmers to protect seed patents, report says (The Guardian):

Political contribution discloslures (Monsanto):

The Real Monsanto Protection Act: How The GMO Giant Corrupts Regulators And Consolidates Its Power (ThinkProgress):

Monsanto Protection Act put GM companies above the federal courts (The Guardian):

Biodiversity for food and agriculture (UN Food and Agriculture Organization):

Monsanto's harvest of fear (Vanity Fair):

Wikileaks shows US pushes GM on EU (The Guardian):

USDA Greenlights Monsanto's Utterly Useless New GMO Corn (Mother Jones):

Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research (New York Times):

Additional sources (Avaaz): is a 21-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

To contact Avaaz, write to or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).