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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Lufthansa Airline, Lufthansa CEO, Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa Cargo - Joe Reid, Lufthansa Cargo - Customer Relations

Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China

Greyhound protection group, CAGED Northwest, has reported that "Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in Macau, China". On its Facebook page, CAGED (Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation & Death) states: "The following detail was brought to us via numerous reliable sources; 'Six greyhounds were transported by Lufthansa airlines from Dublin to Hong Kong on 12th April 2016'." The doomed Irish dogs were destined for the infamous Canidrome, condemned as the world's deadliest racetrack from where no dog gets out alive. As many as 800 greyhounds are housed at the Canidrome, with racing taking place five nights a week on a track that is deemed by animal welfarists on the ground as too hard, resulting in injuries to dogs. If a greyhound does not finish in the top three in five races in a row, he/she is destroyed. It is understood that around 400 dogs are killed by lethal injection each year and every greyhound arriving at the track is dead within three years. During a four day period from April 30th to May 3rd 2016, over 50 dog injuries were documented on the Canidrome website. These included bite wounds, torn hip-supporting muscle, fractured paw, lame leg, swollen leg, inflamed joint and wounded tail. Greyhounds were also listed as having arthritis, eye infection, ear infection and dermatitis. Incredibly, many dogs with bite wounds, arthritis and torn muscles were said to be "cured" before a clearance certificate was issued for them to be used at the next race. In response to dozens of complaints posted online, Lufthansa is not denying that it was the airline that flew the dogs to China. One complaint stated: "I have learnt that Lufthansa are the airline that transport greyhounds from Ireland to Macau for a life of misery in the Canidrome." The official reply from Lufthansa: "Please appeal to your responsible authorities to change the legal framework that allows such mistreatments to happen. As a company, we are not able to determine the purpose for which animals are making their journey." This response from Lufthansa is in stark contrast to that of other airlines. For example, Emirates Airlines moved quickly to confirm to the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that it has "never shipped greyhounds to China (Hong Kong or Macau) on our services from Dublin". British Airways has also assured us that they "have not transported greyhounds from Dublin to Macau on any BA aircraft". In December, following a damning TV report about the cruelty of the Canidrome, Qantas and Cathay Pacific airlines announced that they would no longer transport racing greyhounds from Australia to Asia. Luftansa did not reply to a 22nd April 2016 email, urging the company to refuse to transport Irish greyhounds to China. ACTION ALERT Contact Lufthansa and urge them to put in place a policy of not transporting greyhounds from Ireland to China. Leave a comment on the Lufthansa Facebook page Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa Email:,

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
57,326 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Xi Jinping

3rd Anniversary of 709 Crackdown: End Suppression of China Human Rights Lawyers

(中文版本請往下拉) A Global Joint Statement on the 3rd Anniversary of 709 Crackdown and China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day July 9, 2018 marks the 3rd anniversary of the 709 Crackdown, a massive clampdown by the Chinese authorities on human rights lawyers and activists, and the 2nd anniversary of the China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day. During the past year, we have witnessed the Chinese government’s unceasing, unconstitutional and unlawful suppression of rights lawyers and civil society rights in the pretext of “ruling the country in accordance with law,” which we strongly condemn. We urge the Chinese government immediately and unconditionally to release the lawyers and activists detained in the 709 Crackdown, immediately and unconditionally to withdraw the administrative sanctions in respect of the revocation and invalidation of rights lawyers’ practice licenses, and to stop all forms of harassment, intimidation and repression of human rights lawyers. After the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (19th Party Congress) in 2017 – China has entered a new totalitarian era of Xi Jinping’s socialism, with his personal power at its peak. With the goal of rooting out the rights defenders’ movement, the Chinese government has gone to great lengths as far as consolidating state power through constitutional amendments and repressing civil society by means of draconian laws, leading to a decline in civil society’s capacity to monitor the government. As the head of the “New Five Black Categories,” human rights lawyers will surely be the first to be cracked down on. Updates of 709 Lawyers and ActivistsIn response to this era of unprecedented repression, the China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day was set up to recognize Chinese rights lawyers’ courage and determination, as well as to make known their perseverance in resisting against the oppressive regime. The 709 Crackdown and its persisting aftermath remain the major concerns of the China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day on its 2nd anniversary. Numerous lawyers and activists involved in the crackdown were sentenced last year; several victims are still under detention. Lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who joined forces with 709 families to defend the arrested lawyers, was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power.” Wu Gan, an active civil activist and vocal critic of the judicial system, stated in his appellate brief the people’s deserved right to overthrow an autocratic regime. Wu was charged with “subverting state power” and sentenced to a prison term of 7 years. Convicted of “inciting subversion of state power,” Lawyer Xie Yang suffered various tortures while in detention, such as beatings, “tiger chair”, sleep deprivation, etc. Since being taken away in July 2015, lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been held incommunicado and forbidden to meet his family or lawyers appointed by his family. In an open letter during the 19th Party Congress, Wang’s former defense lawyer Yu Wensheng demanded Xi Jinping’s resignation and immediate constitutional amendment, but was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “interference with public duties.” Yu has now been detained for 5 months. Lawyer Zhou Shifeng, former director of Fengrui Law Firm, and veteran activist elder Hu Shigen were convicted of “subverting the state power.” They are serving their respective sentences of 7 years and 7 years and 6 months; Hu is said to be suffering from deteriorating health. Under the charges of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and fraud, Wang Yu’s defense lawyer Li Yuhan has been held in custody for over 8 months, despite her daily need of a number of drugs for her chronic diseases. Yin Xuan and Wang Fang were sentenced to 3 years and 6 months and 3 years respectively for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” simply because they showed support for the 709 lawyers. The 709 Crackdown has affected no fewer than 321 persons, many of whom have been forced to confess under torture and have been deprived of the right to an open and transparent trial, while countless of others face repression merely because of their relationship with the victims, or are revenged by administrative penalty.[1] The Chinese government’s crushing of rights lawyers and activists is not only an infringement of the country’s criminal procedure law, but also a violation of the constitution and international conventions.  Aftermath of 709 – Repression in Disguise of Administrative PunishmentHuman rights lawyers are living under constant threat as suppression is being stepped up. The revision and adoption of Measures for the Administration of Law Firms and Administrative Measures for the Practice of Law by Lawyers in 2016 serve as the legal basis for the Ministry of Justice to impose administrative sanctions on lawyers. Law is no longer rights lawyers’ weapon against the autocratic government; it has been altered to provide whitewash for the regime. Since the 19th Party Congress, 16 human rights lawyers and 3 law firms have already received notification of revocation or invalidation of practice license, half of the lawyers involved are closely related to the victims of 709 Crackdown.[2] Some of the law firms have even been forced by the Ministry of Justice to disband or to dismiss certain lawyers. Meanwhile, the notorious annual inspection system continues as a way to clamp down on human rights lawyers. By means of reviewing the types of cases lawyers have represented and lawyers’ online speech, the annual inspection system not only monitors lawyers’ conduct of practice, but also extends its grip to their personal comments and actions. The subtle measure of license revocation and invalidation has been carefully devised by the Chinese government, in order to thoroughly wipe out the human rights lawyers’ community, without provoking international rebuke. On the one hand, the revocation and invalidation of practice licenses can directly deprive lawyers of their means of livelihood, leading to a chilling effect among human rights lawyers. On the other hand, lawyers will then be deterred from taking up human rights cases, resulting in the shrinking of the rights lawyers’ community. Given the vital role of human rights lawyers in the rights defending movement, this new wave of repression through lawyers’ license revocation and invalidation will have a great impact on the sustainability of the entire movement.  DemandIt has come to our attention that the core of the “ruling the country in accordance with law” slogan proposed by the Chinese government is to systemize and institutionalize its repressive measures. We strongly condemn the Chinese government’s ceaseless suppression of and persecution of human rights lawyers, which violate the law and the constitution. We urge the Chinese government to: 1.     immediately release all human rights lawyers and activists detained in the 709 Crackdown, to revoke their convictions and to uphold justice for the human rights defenders;2.     make known the condition of Wang Quanzhang, Yu Wensheng and Li Yuhan, and to guarantee their right of legal actions, and immediately and unconditionally release them;3.     immediately and unconditionally withdraw all decisions about revoking and invalidating lawyers’ licenses and other administrative punishments;4.     stop all forms of harassment and repression against the human rights lawyers’ community, to ensure that lawyers do not suffer intimidation, hindrance, inappropriate interference, prosecution and administrative sanctions for taking cases or for giving speeches in accordance with their recognized professional duties; The Hope of Rights Defending MovementThough the regime may seem invincible, the 709 Crackdown in fact reveals the government’s fear of the consolidation of rights defending forces and the speedy expansion of the human rights lawyers’ community. The Crackdown did not deter, but prompted the victims’ families to join the movement for the sake of their loved ones. Having protested for countless times against the judiciary bodies, Li Wenzu embarked on a 1,000-kilometer march to Tianjian to ‘look for’ her husband Wang Quanzhang; Xu Yan, wife of Yu Wensheng, exhausted all institutional means to defend her husband. Their perseverance and determination, together with the fierce international criticisms and a new generation of human rights lawyers that has emerged after the 709 Crackdown, exert immense pressure on the Chinese government. As long as we persist in our striving for justice, there is still a light of hope amidst the darkness. 26th June, 2018 Initiators:中國維權律師關注組 China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group臺灣聲援中國人權律師網絡 Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network   [1][“709 Crackdown”] Latest Data and Development of Cases as of 1800 17 May 2018,[2][A Joint Statement to Strongly Condemn the Chinese Government’s Suppression against Human Rights Lawyers through Revocation and Invalidation of Lawyers’ Licenses], -----------------------------------------------   「709大抓捕三周年」暨「中國人權律師日」之全球聯署聲明 2018年7月9日是中國政府針對維權律師及相關人士開展大規模拘捕、約談、失踪等打壓行動(“709大抓捕”)三週年的日子,亦是民間設立的第二屆「中國人權律師日」。在過去一年裡,我們見證了中國政府對維權律師持續不斷的打壓,以及以依法治國之名對公民社會實行的各種違法違憲之逼害。對此,我們表示強烈譴責,並要求立即無條件釋放所有在709大抓捕中被囚的維權律師及相關人士,無條件撤銷對維權律師做出的吊銷、註銷執照的行政懲戒,停止對維權律師群體的一切管控和打壓。 2017年的中國共產黨第十九次全國代表大會(「十九大」)之後,中國進入一個新時代。那是習近平的社會主義新時代,也是中國進入極權、習近平個人權力走向頂峰的新時代。中國當局更磨刀霍霍,不惜修改憲法鞏固權力,並頒布惡法嚴控公民社會,利用更徹底、更虛偽的手法打擊維權運動。三年以降,公民社會監察政府的能力都隨之大減。中國維權律師作為政府眼中的「新黑五類」之首,必然首當其衝受壓逼。 一年來709案相關律師概況「中國人權律師日」正是為回應這個時代而誕生,它既是肯定中國人權律師的勇氣和信念,也是向世界表達人權律師不屈服於強權的意志。第二年的「中國人權律師日」依然關注709大抓捕及其延續打壓的情況,709至今仍未完結。這年來,不少人都相繼判刑,亦有709受害人仍被羈押。譬如,江天勇聯合709家屬為被捕律師維權,被控煽動顛覆國家政權罪而判囚兩年;吳淦積極參與公民行動、批評司法制度,更在刑事上訴狀中直指人民有權顛覆獨裁政權,被控顛覆國家政權罪而判囚七年;謝陽被控煽動顛覆國家政權罪,羈押期間受盡毆打、老虎櫈、疲勞審訊等酷刑折磨;王全璋自2015年7月以來被失蹤逾千日,至今三年一直不予會見家屬及家屬聘請的律師;曾為王全璋辯護律師的余文生,在十九大期間發信要求罷免習近平,並立即修改中國憲法,至今已被羈押五個月,被控煽動顛覆國家政權罪及妨害公務罪;鋒銳律師事務所的主任周世鋒被控顛覆國家政權罪而判囚七年;長年活躍於公民運動的胡石根長老與周世鋒同期被控顛覆國家政權罪而判囚七年六個月,至今身體狀況轉差;王宇辯護律師李昱函被羈押超過八個月,被控尋釁滋事罪及詐騙罪,現在身患多種病患要靠每天服用十幾種藥物治療;還有尹旭安及王芳因為聲援709律師,被控尋釁滋事罪而分別判囚三年六個月及三年。709大抓捕至今受影響人數不少於321人,被行政處罰報復、被株連者更不計其數。[1] 再加上過往審訊過程中屢被揭發使用如非公開審判、以酷刑嚴刑逼供等手段,中國政府對維權律師施加的壓逼,都嚴重違反中國憲法、刑事訴訟法及國際公約。 709延續——以行政懲戒為名的打壓打壓接踵而至,懸在維權律師頭上的刀刃揮之不去,如今連法律——律師唯一的武器,都越來越淪為替政權打壓塗脂抹粉的工具。2016年修訂的《律師事務所管理辦法》及《律師執業管理辦法》出台後,司法部便藉此對律師實行行政懲戒。十九大至今,已經有16名維權律師及3間律師事務所收到吊銷及註銷執業證的通知,當中過半數都是與709案件關係密切者。[2] 其中,更有司法部強逼律所解散,還有向律所施壓要求解僱律師的事情發生。同時間,年檢制度進一步令律師受壓,無論是律師代理的案件類別或是律師網上的公開言論,都成為年檢審查的項目之一,使律師們的執業行為和非執業行為均受到監視。中國政府扭盡六壬,採取吊銷及註銷執業證這種更隱藏的手段,目的只為減少外界的反撲,並且更為徹底地消滅維權律師群體。中國政府要直接掌握維權律師的經濟生活,一方面威脅他們的生計,另一方面縮小律師群體的規模,令人權案件更難找到律師代理。維權律師在維權運動中擔當關鍵角色,吊銷、註銷執業證的新趨勢將影響維權運動的存續。 訴求我們注意到,中國政府「依法治國」的核心就是把打壓手段制度化、合法化。對於中國政府無日無之的打壓,以及一切違法違憲制度之逼害,我們都予以強烈譴責。對此,我們要求中國政府:1.    立即釋放所有709大抓捕中被囚的維權律師及維權人士,撤銷有罪判決,還人權捍衛者公道;2.    交代王全璋、余文生、李昱函的人身狀況,保障合法訴訟權利,並立即無條件釋放;3.    立即無條件撤銷對受影響律師作出的各吊銷、註銷執照及其他懲戒的各項決定;4.    停止對維權律師群體的一切管控和打壓,確保律師不會因其代理的案件或發表的言論受到恫嚇、妨礙、不適當的干涉,或者起訴和行政制裁。 維權運動的希望縱然強權看似無堅不摧,但正因為三年來維權律師群體迅速膨脹,捍衛人權的力量逐漸成形,獨裁者才以709大抓捕來回應。有賴國際社會的積極回應、維權律師的新秀後浪,都逼使中國政府承受巨大輿論壓力。而且,它令家屬都紛紛走上前線,王全璋妻子李文足數十次到司法部門抗議,徒步到天津千里尋夫、余文生妻子許艷用盡法律途徑為丈夫維權,令維權運動得以持續。縱使政權黑手遮天蔽日,不過只要還有人堅持公義,心懷不屈的意志,就能在黑暗中亮起一點光。 2018年6月26日 發起團體:中國維權律師關注組China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group臺灣聲援中國人權律師網絡Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network [1]【709大抓捕進展通報】截至2018年5月17日18:00的最新資料及個案進展:[2]【全球法律團體聯合聲明—強烈譴責中國政府以吊銷、註銷律師執業證之手段持續打壓維權律師】:  

中國維權律師關注組 China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group
884 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Atewa Forest for National Park – not mining

(Español • français • português) The Government of Ghana must declare Atewa Forest a National Park, to protect it from bauxite mining. Atewa Forest is the finest example of Upland Evergreen Forest in the Upper Guinean Forest region: its altitude causes a distinctive type of vegetation to grow that is extremely rare and very rich in species, including: Over 70 species classified as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable by the IUCN, such as the Togo Slippery Frog Conraua derooi; At least 50 species of mammals, including the recently discovered White-naped Mangabey Cercocebus lunulatus which is Critically Endangered; Over 1,000 species of plants and 230 species of birds, including the Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae found nowhere else in Ghana; Over 570 species of butterflies already recorded, out of potentially 700 species – which would make Atewa the richest forest for butterflies in West Africa. In our report to the Government of Ghana with support from IUCN Netherlands, we demonstrate the forest’s enormous importance to the water supply of five million people in Accra, and make a compelling economic case for protecting Atewa Forest as a National Park. But the Government is planning to let Chinese companies mine the bauxite deposits found in the hilltops of Atewa Forest – these are spread over a wide area, and would require the forest to be removed. The resulting barren landscape would be impossible to restore to its former condition. Atewa as a National Park would be a lasting, positive legacy for the Government of Ghana. This option has great public support amongst forest edge communities, and would honour Ghana’s commitment to the international Convention on Biological Diversity and to the Sustainable Development Goals. This is in stark contrast to the loss that would be experienced should the hills be mined. We need your help! Please sign the petition, and tell your friends to sign it as well. Visit for more info and more options for action.

A Rocha International
12,367 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Peter Pritchard, Mr. Chen Wu - GuangXi China, Mayor

Stop 'Pets At Home' Selling the Pet 'Treat' MADE with DOG SKIN

THE KILLER 'TREAT' The dangers of giving 'Rawhide' (processed hide) products to your dog are pretty grim, but did you realise that you're poisoning your dog by feeding this choking & intestinal-obstructing - KILLER 'TREAT' Your pet will ingest ... LeadSaltsBleachArsenicMercuryChromiumArtificial dyesFormaldehydeTitanium oxideGlue (any sort)Artificial flavoursHydrogen peroxideAn Ash-lye solution Plus many other toxic chemicals incl. Carcinogen FD&C Red 40 & a highly toxic recipe of sodium sulphide liming & sodium benzoate, a cancer-causing chemical associated with leukemia & other blood cancers. When constantly chewed, its a case of slow, long term poisoning. Pets At Home sell a huge amount of these dangerous, chews, in many sizes, designs & colours, especially at Christmas, disguised as toys, with added bows & in 'stockings'. Dogs WILL choke or die due to buyers being unaware of this horrendous KILLER 'TREAT' It has caused... Stomach torsion, Excruciating pain, Fainting, Sickness, Vomiting, Choking, Diarrhea, Poisoning, Kidney failure, Coma & DEATH Pets At Home are a good chain, (with this exception) & I support their VIP programme, but this dangerous money spinner should be banned, if we want to save our dogs from being poisoned, from choking or from dying. With around 370 stores, it would make a huge difference if Pets At Home boycotted China's 'Hide' items. If they stopped buying this disgusting product, it could lead the way for other outlets to follow, for example ... Amazon (sell 1000s of hide chews) Jollys pets (61 super stores) Tescos (3,376 stores) Sainsburys (1,374 stores) Asda (525 stores) Morrisons (569 stores) B&M (560 stores) The Range (140 stores) Just For Pets (25 stores) Pets Corner (161 stores) they call themselves the 'ethical store', we counted 30 rawhide products on their web page Not included are online & independent, pet stores. Up to 22 million dogs a year in China, are being brutalised in order to supply that much processed Hide! Surely thats worth Signing & Sharing? Boycott 'rawhide' stock at ALL outlets, not just Pets At Home. They are all culpable as long as they continue to harm our dogs, who are forced to chew on their distant cousins (DOGS and CATS). Hide products are indigestible; once swallowed, hide & poisons sit in your pet's stomach causing an obstruction, leading to many a dog's death. There's simply not enough time to get to a vet to surgically remove this sickening product. Dogs have become comatose, have fainted & been sick for days due to the poisons. From comments Our dog choked to death on one of the raw hide bones bought from PAH.Guy Hughes, Reading, UK I've seen my dogs chocked many times on these hideous treats. Vicky Stead, CRAWLEY, UK a friends dog choked to death on one. Kay Brown, Horden, UK My dog has been sick and choked on these rawhide chews. Kath Boyle Bristol, UK It killed one of my friends cat. Pamela DeRose, Oceanside, CA The vast majority of heavily processed hide (incorrectly promoted as Rawhide) comes from China. Stolen domestic dogs & unfortunate, trusting, street dogs are trapped, brutaly transported to 'processing' locations & cruelly, hung by their paws for days, while being beaten with iron bars or shovels. The Chinese believe that terrorising dogs prior to skinning & boiling them alive, makes their meat taste better This 'Dog Meat Trade' & 'Fur Trade', export & supply 85% of the world's leather. The dog meat is used for public consumption in China & the fur is used to make coats, footwear, toys, & decorate clothing & trinkets, plus handbags & shoes - (worldwide, we are wearing these products). Then of course, tons of pelts are used to make millions of Hide dog chews. Dog skins are sent to Italy, India, Germany the US, all of whom (but not only those countries), use those skins to make items we wear. Don't take my word, see PETA'S video which supports my claims -  Eating dog meat has not stopped at China's borders. I stopped eating Chinese takeaways a long time ago!  With no monetary outlet, there would be little point in the Chinese  brutalising 22 million beautiful dogs a year for Hide treats. With no end-user, (thats us), we'd be responsible for saving the  lives of millions of dogs, plus cats, racoons, foxes & rabbits, thus preventing horrendous suffering & torture. Surely, saving millions of dog's lives a year, in China alone, is worth Signing & Sharing  I plan to contact Pets At Home when I have enough signatures to make a difference. (Now done, see below). If they see how many of us reject this truly horrendous item, I'm hopeful they will take action, because if they do, other sellers may follow their example. Please REJECT this KILLER 'TREAT'. Don't buy ANY Hide product, from Pets At Home (or from anywhere) if you value your dog's life. Help Pets At Home, other pet stores & all Hide sellers, accept the horrendous truth by signing my petition. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for caring. Susanne Visit my regularly, updated, FB page 'Save Our Dogs UK' With lots of information on keeping our dogs safe -  ---------------------------------------------------------UPDATE  UPDATE  UPDATE UPDATE  UPDATE You are now questioning Pets At Home's decision to continue selling these 'treats'. "Pets at home have a responsibility to sell goods which are safe for animals". Angela davies, Barnham, UK "The dog meat industry sickens me to my stomach. To think that my dog could be eating another dog - Jo Tipple, Ellington, UK "Pets at home should know better". Tara Knipes Northamptonshire, UK I agree Tara & hopefully, so will they.  Watch this space!

Susa Devenish
5,870 supporters