It is time that we open our eyes to the reality of the suffering around us and realize that we are an essential aspect of it. Many people have become passive in a time where individual action is so desperately needed. If a shift in consciousness and global awareness can take form humanity will begin to realize that we are not whole –but an essential piece of the planet.
Articles written by: Heidi Raynowska
In the Republic of the Congo it is estimated that about 30,000 children are serving in militias. These innocent victims are often abducted from their villages by force and are used because they are easy to train and manipulate. This harrowing reality is an international issue because, by law, children under 18 are not allowed to serve in the army. This international rule against child soldiers must be enforced and violating groups or countries must be prosecuted in the Hague.
The BP oil spill continues to be fatal to the thousands of dolphins that inhabit the area. These highly intelligent creatures deserve for their habitat to be protected and BP must be held accountable for what they have done so they will be more conscientious about their actions in the future.
Behind the curtain of the circuses in China is suffering inflicted upon the sentient wild animals that are forced to perform. Many spectators don’t realize exactly how corrupt of an industry they are supporting when they buy a ticket to the circus. It is time that we open our eyes to the reality of this situation– we cannot continue to perpetuate so much cruelty against innocent and voiceless victims.
In China, fur products are being made by heartlessly torturing and killing cats and dogs. These products are then shipped to Europe and the U.S. and the tags are intentionally mislabeled to deceive buyers. The fur trade is inhumane no matter what animal’s life is taken, but is particularly gruesome when it is from our pets. It is up to us to boycott fur so this industry will become a thing of our past.
If overfishing continues, all the seafood in our oceans could be depleted by 2048. This is the harsh reality that we must be aware of, as this would affect the entire universe and especially the diverse inhabitants of the enchanted underwater universe. Limits on fish caught commercially and individual choices will determine the fate of the endless yet fragile sea.
Forced marriage is still a part of Islamic culture; it violates women’s basic rights and is intertwined with honour killings. A girl is pressured to abide by this custom as young as 15 years old and if she refuses, the consequences can be fatal. This is a complete disgrace. Forced marriages must be banned so that women have the freedom to control their own fate.
The Mexican wolf is the most endangered of its kind, with a mere 50 remaining in the wild. These beautifully savage creatures have been condemned in the fables that have shaped our imaginations for centuries. It is time that we wake up and realize that this is real, if the captive Mexican wolves are not released into the wild this remarkable species could become extinct.
In Indonesia the deforestation taking place in the rainforests is disrupting the delicate balance of the ecosystem. There is an abundance of life that inhabits the remaining lush forests, but animals such as the Orangutan and Sumatran tiger have become more vulnerable to poaching. Indonesia must enforce their laws against logging so that the life that remains will survive.
In Africa’s tropical rainforests where elephants and chimpanzees roam, hunting is rampant to fuel the barbaric bush meat trade. To support the bush meat trade, wild animals are killed to be eaten and often exported to other countries. This appalling injustice to the wild animals that share our world will be difficult to end, but some simple actions can help.
In China, women’s rights are appallingly violated; they have unequal opportunities and often endure forced abortions due to the one- child policy. Many fathers want boys which is thought to be the reason that baby girls have been found left for dead near dumpsters. Clearly this is a horrific situation that must be changed, as women deserve the right to choose what is done to their bodies and their children.
In the Great Bear Rainforest a rare white bear roams, its ghostly white coat has given it the name ‘Spirit Bear’. There are only 500 of these bears left. For hundreds of years, they have been respected by the aboriginal people as a symbol of hardships past, peace and harmony. There is now a plan to run a pipeline through this delicate habitat that will lead to oil spills and pollution. We cannot let this pristine environment and the Spirit Bear become myths of the past.
There is a plan to build a gold and copper mine in the pristine Bristol Bay of Alaska. This untouched eden is home to some of the last Beluga whales in the world and the mine would wipe out their feeding ground and could lead to their extinction. We must protect the last Beluga whales, as well as the surrounding wildlife by opposing this destructive plan.
Bowhead whales have lived in the world far longer that the humans who continually threaten their existence. They are our ancestors from the past and deserve to be respected as they once were by the Inuits. The proposed plan for Shell Oil to drill in their icy habitat would be detrimental to their survival and a disgrace to our future.
The horse-slaughter industry in Canada is a completely heartless injustice to the remarkable, gentle animals that have served us for centuries. We must ensure a brighter future for these majestic animals, as they deserve so much more than the terrible fate they endure in these harrowing slaughterhouses.
The Iditarod is a sled- dog race that takes place each March in Alaska; the dogs that are forced to endure the grueling 10-18 day journey from Anchorage to Nome are mistreated and often die due to such horrific conditions. The motive behind this cruelty is mans greed and the desire for profit, the huskies are the innocent victims. No one should support the Iditarod or its many sponsors to create a movement towards ending the heartless sport.
Horse training has been based on inflicting fear and intimidation for centuries. However, natural horsemanship has proven that this is not an effective way of training such gentle creatures. Natural methods focus on humans forming a trusting bond with their horses through communication and understanding. If more industries and horse owners are made aware of how successful these training methods are, the future of these magnificent creatures and humans could shift to fulfilling and trusting relationships, rather than intimidation and fear.
The Sumatran Tiger is in grave danger of extinction because of poaching and threats to their natural habitat. Logging for the production of toilet paper has been a major threat to these savagely remarkable animals. The Sumatran tiger has inspired legends and was once highly respected. They must be protected before they become only part of a myth and no longer inhabit our world.
Yupi the polar bear is being kept in a concrete pen in central Mexico, this is no place for an animal that has adapted to the frigid climate of Alaska. She must be taken to a rehabilitation center and ultimately freed so she can live the rest of her life in peace and comfort.
In the U.S. it has become a trend for the wealthy to own big cats, this is both cruel to the wild animals and dangerous for their owners. It is tragic that people are so driven by power that they will try to domesticate a wildly savage animal. A newly proposed law would ban the private ownership of big cats and spare many of these animals from the domestic life that could never satiate their wild nature.
In Thailand, elephants are used as popular tourist attractions, but in order to do so, a horrific method called ‘breaking the spirit’ is used to make these emotional animals subservient to humans. During the practice, the elephant is tied up in a confined pen and beaten mercilessly with sharp instruments until it is ‘broken’. These heartless training methods must be banned and the already-captive elephants should be sent to sanctuaries where they can live in peace.
In Cambodia the number of orphans is on the rise because the people operating these institutions have found that tourists will hand over money for poor innocent children. However, this money is not going towards the children’s well being and poverty stricken parents are being bribed to give their children to these corrupt institutions. This exploitation of children must be stopped immediately and tourists need to be aware of the industry their money is really feeding.
Each year millions of Songbirds are trapped and served for dinner in Cyprus. The melodies sung by these birds have captivated the imaginations of musicians for centuries. Even though there is a law that forbids hunting songbirds, they are still being slaughtered. Tell the EU and Cyprus that the law protecting songbirds must be enforced and songbirds protected.
The barbaric practice of dog fighting is still legal in Indonesia. The innocent animals are kept in appalling conditions and often forced to fight to the death while people sadistically watch and gamble. This cruelty must end immediately. Indonesia needs to make dog fighting illegal and punish anyone involved in the bloody sport.
Morgan is an Orca who was rescued from Norway with the promise that once rehabilitated she would be returned to her rightful home in the open sea. This promise was broken, Morgan is now on display at Loro Parque in Spain even though her pod was identified and she would have a high chance of survival in the wild. This is inhumane and breaches the E.U.’s protected species regulations — Morgan must be freed to the open sea.