On May 3, Nevsun – the mining company that operates in Eritrea, northeast Africa, will hold their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. We will grab this opportunity to show their investors and shareholders that we do not want companies profiting from a system of state-sponsored forced labor. Continue reading
Whistleblowers – people who expose things like tax dodging and unnecessary NHS deaths – can reveal secrets that are in the interest of the public. But new plans to potentially lock up some whistleblowers for up to 14 years could have a chilling effect – keeping hidden things we all have a right to know. Continue reading
As the New York Blood Center’s (NYBC) largest corporate donor, MetLife has the power to compel the organization to reinstate funding for the 67 chimpanzees who they abandoned with no food or water.
For a 30 year period starting in the mid-1970s, NYBC conducted experiments on over 400 hundred chimpanzees in Liberia, where they could capture, breed and experiment on them with little regulatory oversight. When the research was complete, NYBC moved the survivors onto six islands in Liberia and one island in The Ivory Coast and made a public commitment to provide them with lifelong care. Continue reading
We’re fed up with big supermarkets using underhand tactics to get us to part with our money. A leading supermarket sold handwash at £1.80 for just 7 days. Then, they put it on a ‘was £1.80, now 90p’ offer for 12 weeks. Feel like a real saving? We don’t think so.
We’re not putting up with this or other similar tactics any more. Enough is enough. Continue reading
Whole Foods are a grocery firm in America who claim to have a ‘5-step animal welfare rating’ to show you ‘your way of knowing how the animals were raised for the meat you are buying’. This is the photograph that accompanies their 5-step webpage (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/animal-welfare/5-step-animal-welfare-rating).
They claim that if you are buying their chicken, beef, pork or turkey, that you can be assured that the focus of their farmers is on the welfare of their animals. They state that they follow ‘specific husbandry and management practices that promote farm-animal welfare’. Continue reading
Andy Hall is a British campaigner with a special focus on the rights of migrant workers. Two years ago he undertook an investigation on behalf of Finnwatch into potential labour abuses at Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world.
Instead of addressing the allegations published in Finnwatch’s report, Natural Fruit decided to try and silence Andy with lawsuits. He could now face 7 years in prison and $10 million in legal damages for his investigations.
If this case proceeds and Natural Fruit are successful this would not only be a grave miscarriage of justice for Andy Hall. This process could set a dangerous precedent for other companies in Thailand that might take a similar approach when allegations are raised of modern slavery in their supply chains. This threatens the work of anti-slavery campaigners but also workers in Thailand who might be too afraid to come forward and report abuse.
Join the call for justice: demand that Natural Fruit drop all charges against Andy Hall and thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business.
Kopi luwak coffee is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet, a small, shy nocturnal mammal.
The production of this disgusting coffee is extremely cruel. Civets are often captured in the wild and confined to barren, filthy cages. Continue reading
Some of you may remember my post on July 24th 2013 here, asking Lidl to stop selling kangaroo meat. I had contacted them via email in June, asking them to stop selling a meat that comes from a trade which can only exist in a horrendous amount of cruel and inhumane practices. I received a standard response from them, and responded point by point – both of those letters are in the original post. Almost THREE MONTHS later, Lidl have responded to the concerns I raised in my reply back in July. Continue reading