Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pinay nurse kidnapped, raped in Tripoli, Libya - report

A Filipina nurse was abducted and held for several hours and allegedly raped while in captivity, a Saudi news site reported late Wednesday.

Citing reports from wire agencies, Arab News quoted medics and security officials in Libya as saying "unknown kidnappers" seized the nurse Wednesday in Tripoli.
 
The report said the abductors held the nurse "for several hours and raped her."
 
It quoted a health ministry statement as saying the incident could prompt the Philippine government to speed up the evacuation of its citizens.
 
Some 3,000 Filipinos work in Libya as doctors and nurses, the report added.  Joel Locsin/ELR, GMA News

DFA chief: Ship being readied to evacuate Pinoys from Libya

(Updated 8:30 p.m.) A ship that can carry up to 1,000 passengers is being readied to evacuate Filipinos from Libya, according to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario as the Philippine government scampers to repatriate its citizens from the strife-torn country.

In a report on "24 Oras" on Wednesday, Del Rosario said the ship, which the DFA will rent, will come from Malta and sail to Benghazi, Sirte and Misrata in Libya.

"We hope that we can get close to a thousand on that ship, because those ships are expensive," Del Rosario said.

There are more or less 13,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya, according to the DFA.

The government has been urging Filipinos to return from Libya due to the security situation there. On Tuesday, a new batch of Filipino workers from the troubled African nation arrived home, with some of them claiming they were harassed by men who were wearing police uniforms.

No funds for repatriation?

Meanwhile, the "24 Oras" report said some Filipinos in Libya who have expressed interest in returning home are growing impatient about the delay in their repatriation, and also more worried about the worsening security situation there.

"Gabi-gabi hindi ka makatulog kasi baka magulat ka na lang may maligaw na missile sa bubong," said an OFW identified only as Gem, a medical technologist, in the report.

The report said Gem and fellow Filipino medical technologist Genevieve have been waiting to be repatriated since May. It said their employer refuses to release their passports and exit visas.

"Gustong-gusto mo nang umuwi pero wala namang maibigay na assistance [ang gobyerno]," Gem said. "Walang pondo. Yun ang exact word nila."

Del Rosario denied this, according to the report.

Assistance

The DFA said the repatriated OFWs are to be briefed and assisted by DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives at the airport.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya has already started relocating its non-core staff to Tunisia.

"Due to the increasing violence and lawlessness in Tripoli, all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy there are being relocated to Tunisia. Staff dependents were repatriated last week," it said.

Last July 20, the Philippine government raised the alert level in Libya to "4," citing the "extremely unstable" situation there.

"Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine government undertakes evacuation ofabout 13,000 Filipino nationals there as soon as possible while no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya," the DFA said. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Pinoys rake in medals at Hollywood performing arts event

The Philippines raked in over a hundred medals in the recent World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Hollywood, California.

The Filipino contestants took home 42 gold, 38 silver, and 30 bronze medals — or 110 medals all in all — in various categories and were named overall champions in dance and vocal divisions.

Industry awards were also granted to the following representatives:

Juniors:

Jayrah Kaye Perfecio Adeva
Lloyd Edisonne Judilla Montebon

Seniors:

Mark John de Vera Magno
Kristia Julia Marie Guillermo Banda
Kim Chrstopher Lacanilao Recio
Wincel Mae Ocampo Portugal
Mary Rose Boto Pasigue

All 45 candidates arrived early Wednesday, according to a report on GMA News TV's "News To Go" program.
Montebon, 12, was also named the 2014 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World, while Xtreme Dancers (Jay-R Melody and Macz Alminaza) became the 2014 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World and the Senior Dance Group of the World.

The Philippines also placed second in the most number of performers attending the 18-year-old event.

Famous singer Jed Madela became the first Filipino Grand Champion Performer of the World in 2005, and was inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame during this year's event. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

PHL, NZ officials discuss OFW welfare in Christchurch amid reports of exploitation

Officials of the Philippines and New Zealand last week met to explore more ways to promote the well-being of Filipino workers, especially those involved in the rebuilding of quake-hit Christchurch.

Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia Benavidez went to Christchurch last July 22 to check on the status of Filipino workers there, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

She met with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Labor Inspectorate officials in Christchurch.

"Discussions focused on the continuing action and possible steps that can be undertaken by relevant authorities both in New Zealand and in the Philippines to address concerns and resolve problems related to employment, visa status and workers’ rights," the DFA said in a statement.

With Benavidez were Philippine Honorary Consul to Christchurch Peter Wait and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Glenn Joseph Obach.

Exploitation

The visit came after New Zealand news program "3rd Degree" reported that a recruitment firm has been exploiting its Filipino laborers by allegedly employing coercive tactic to control their workers.

The non-government organization Stand Against Slavery also accused the firm, Tech5, of providing its Filipino workers with "substandard accommodation at exorbitant rates." The company has denied the accusations.

The DFA, however, did not say if the alleged exploitation was discussed in the meeting between Philippine and New Zealand officials.

Recruitment, deployment

A day before meeting with INZ and Labour Inspectorate officials, Benavidez had talks with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

She indicated the possibility of government-to-government agreement on the recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers to New Zealand.

While in Christchurch, Benavidez also met employment lawyer Paul Brown, who was recently involved in uplifting the conditions of Filipino workers in Christchurch.

She also met with Lana Hart, Skilled Migrant Business Services Adviser at the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

Benavidez and Hart discussed "ethical pathways and business models" to address the concerns of migrant workers in general and be in line with New Zealand and Philippines laws.

Mobile consular services

Meanwhile, the DFA said Benavidez will lead another mobile consular services for Filipinos in Christchurch and surrounding areas of the South Island in mid-September.

The mobile consular services will include e-Passport processing, notarial documentation, reports of birth and marriage, and overseas voters registration. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Sick illegal Pinoys in Saudi seek help to go home –report

Some Filipinas illegally staying in Saudi Arabia have fallen sick and approached local community leaders for help in going home, a Saudi news site reported Wednesday.

But Arab News cited a source who said the community leaders told the women they may have to go to their employers to request an exit visa.

While the report did not specify how many women had sought help, it noted many of them are with children and were referred to the Philippine Embassy for assistance.

Arab News quoted its source as saying the women who wanted to go home were told they have to pay penalties, such as SR500 for every year that their iqamas were expired.

It added the illegal residents had sought help from the embassy last year, when an amnesty period was still in effect for residents to rectify their status or go home.

But at the time, they did not go back after receiving their passports. They should have returned to the embassy to undergo the repatriation process.

“They probably don’t want to be reprimanded by the embassy for not having pushed through with their repatriation last year. That’s why they approach Filipino community leaders for help instead of embassy officials,” the source said.

On the other hand, the report said some of the Filipinas managed to legalize their status and found jobs at restaurants and other establishments, while others worked as household service workers.

Arab News cited an earlier statement of the Philippine Embassy calling on the women to report or get in touch with Yusoph Khalil for assistance in going home. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PhilHealth Joins Inter-Agency Mission for Filipinos in Cambodia


PhilHealth, DOH and DSWD converge to deliver social protection for the poor

PhilHealth, DOH and DSWD converge to deliver social protection for the poor



Affordable SSS savings scheme reaches 74,000 workers from 748 ISGs


Offering social protection for as little as P11 per day, the AlkanSSSya program of the Social Security System (SSS) has attracted more than 74,000 members from 748 informal sector groups (ISGs) nationwide as of May 2013.
Amalia Tolentino, SSS AlkanSSSya Program Director, said informal sector workers who save at least P11 per day – about the price of cellphone load or softdrink --- can complete the minimum P330 monthly AlkanSSSya contribution based on a declared monthly income or “salary credit” of P3,000.
The growth in participating ISGs reflects the AlkanSSSya's appeal to the needs of informal sector workers such as affordability and convenience, especially since many among them have busy work schedules and tight budgets,” Tolentino noted.
A total of 180 ISGs representing over 17,000 members joined the program within the first five months of 2014. Luzon-based groups account for 337 out of the 748 covered ISGs – nearly half of the nationwide total – while 179 ISGs were from the National Capital Region, 116 ISGs were from Visayas, and 116 ISGs were from Mindanao.
To date, the transport industry accounts for about half of the AlkanSSSya-enrolled ISGs, including groups for operators and drivers of tricycles, jeepneys, trisikad, vans, shuttle buses and habal habal; motorboat and pumpboat operators; airport service providers; and bus dispatchers. A total of 332 out of these 389 transport-based ISGs are tricycle operators and drivers associations.
Apart from transport workers' groups, other covered ISGs include associations for ambulant and market vendors, farmers and fisherfolk, jail inmates, garbage pickers, pottery makers, lay ministers, beach cottage owners, and members of cooperatives and community-based organizations, among others.
Workers' savings are placed in a communal AlkanSSSya unit that houses dozens of secure box-type “piggy banks” owned by the ISG members. Recently, the SSS has also started the e-AlkanSSSya program, which primarily caters to job order (JO) and contractual workers in state-run institutions who are excluded from the mandatory coverage of the Government Service Insurance System.
The e-AlkanSSSya employs automatic deduction of contributions from workers’ salaries and wages, which the government office will then remit to the SSS. Like the regular AlkanSSSya, this program helps promote an active SSS membership among workers by putting in place a system for the regular remittance of their SSS contributions, as facilitated by their respective organizations,” Tolentino explained.
Out of the 106 government-based ISGs, 73 are enrolled in the regular AlkanSSSya program while 33 opted for the e-AlkanSSSya scheme. Workers benefiting from these partnerships include JO and contactual workers in government offices, barangay employees and tanod, street sweepers and daycare workers. 

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OFWs return from Libya with stories of harassment

A new batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Libya arrived home Tuesday afternoon with stories of being held up by men wearing police uniforms while still there.

One of the 24 OFWs interviewed by radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen shortly after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said the men took their mobile phones and other valuables.

"Naka-uniporme po... pagbaba [namin ng] sasakyan diretsong tutok ng baril sa amin. Wala kaming magawa kundi ibigay," said the OFW.

He said they were near the Philippine embassy at the time of the incident.

Even the female OFWs were searched, he said.

The 24 OFWs were part of the latest batch who left strife-torn Libya Tuesday afternoon. Last Sunday, 42 OFWs from Libya arrived in Manila while five more arrived early Monday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the repatriated OFWs are to be briefed and assisted by DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives at the airport.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya has started relocating its non-core staff to Tunisia.

"Due to the increasing violence and lawlessness in Tripoli, all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy there are being relocated to Tunisia. Staff dependents were repatriated last week," it said.

Last July 20, the Philippine government raised the alert level in Libya to "4," citing the "extremely unstable" situation there. "Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine government undertakes evacuation of about 13,000 Filipino nationals there as soon as possible while no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya," the DFA said.

Filipinos can contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail addresses tripoli.pe@gmail.com; tripoli.pe@dfa.gov.ph.

Their relatives can call the DFA’s 24-hour hotlines at (02) 552-7105 and (02) 834-4685, or send queries by e-mail to oumwa@dfa.gov.ph. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

US firm pulls out training video scene negatively depicting Pinoys

A California-based firm has pulled out a scene from its training video that could potentially portray Filipino health care workers in a negative light after the Filipino community complained about it.

CRM Learning of Carlsbad, California, also said it will withdraw the training video from the market, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Tuesday.

"The CRM Learning video, entitled 'It’s a Dog’s World,' showed two Filipina healthcare employees gossiping in Tagalog in front of an American patient," the embassy said in a statement.

It said a Filipina nurse was offended after seeing the video at a hospital training workshop, and reported it to Filipino community leader Victoria Navarro.

Navarro in turn brought up the matter with Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr.

The embassy, together with the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), told the company the video violated cultural sensitivities.

Cuisia welcomed CRM Learning's decision to delete the scene and withdraw the video from the market.

“While we understand that it was intended as a parody, we felt that it was unfair to single out and depict Filipinos as insensitive and disrespectful employees who do not care at all about good customer service,” said Navarro, co-director of the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and past president of PNAA.

MHC Executive Director and PNAA Foundation lawyer Arnedo Valera said the video offended Filipinos and violated guidelines on the “English Only Rule” in the workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had struck down the "English Only Rule" as language discrimination and violative of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Valera said this advocacy and ensuing collaborative efforts "make this process a good model to follow promoting respect and celebration of diversity, the hallmark of America.”

CRM letter

The embassy cited a letter from CRM Learning President Peter Jordan to Cuisia, Navarro and Valera, saying his firm is committed to the principles of diversity.

Jordan said the company did not intend to create a scenario that disrespects or stereotypes Filipino employees.

Also, he said health care training professionals reviewed and critiqued the training video before it was released.

Jordan said copies of the original version of the video will be withdrawn from their inventory, once the revised version of the video is completed.

He also said CRM will notify all previous buyers of the video that they may exchange their copies of the original version with the revised version for free. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Pinoys repatriated from Libya


MANILA, Philippines - Another batch of Filipinos from Libya will be arriving in Manila on Tuesday (July 29).
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 24 Filipino repatriates are set to arrive at 4 p.m. on board QR926 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, while the remaining six OFWs will arrive at 4:35 p.m. on board EK332.
This would bring the total number of repatriated Filipinos from Libya to 708.

On Sunday, 42 OFWs from Libya arrived in Manila. Five more OFWs arrived on Monday afternoon.
The OFWs will be briefed and assisted by DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives at the airport.

Amid the continued violence in the country, the DFA has raised Alert Level 4 in Libya, which calls for mandatory repatriation.
The DFA urges all Filipino nationals to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation. Filipinos can contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail addressestripoli.pe@gmail.com; tripoli.pe@dfa.gov.ph. The Embassy's address is KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli.


The DFA’s 24-hour hotlines are also available for families of OFWs in Libya. Those who have questions and concerns about the conditions of their relatives in Libya can call the hotline numbers (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685. They may also send their queries by e-mail tooumwa@dfa.gov.ph.

Local job vacancies for OFWs repatriated from crisis-hit countries


Overseas Filipino workers repatriated recently from crisis-hit countries may avail of a host of job vacancies offered by various firms, the Department of Labor and Employment said Friday.

But while DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the jobs are part of "Assist WELL"—a package of services to ensure the reintegration of repatriated OFWs into society—she admitted they may not pay as well as the OFWs' jobs abroad.

She said that while local salaries may be lower than those abroad, OFWs who come home for good should consider that being in one's own country mitigates the social cost of migration.

"The local job vacancies are there and OFW-repatriates may consider these as an option," she said in a statement.

Baldoz said she had contacted a conglomerate that can offer jobs similar or related to those of repatriated OFWs from Libya.

These include management positions in power plant construction and operation such as design managers, engineering managers, site managers, construction managers, commissioning managers, and quality assurance/quality control managers.

The conglomerate also has civil works vacancies such as field engineers, office engineers, QA/QC staff, planning engineers, and schedulers. It also offers electrical works positions, such as turbine specialists, electrical generator engineers, electromechanical planners, and electromechanical schedulers.

For mechanical works, the vacancies are for welding inspectors, piping inspectors, coal handling specialists, boiler specialists, waste water treatment engineers and specialists, piping engineers and supervisors, and demi water engineers.

For instrumentation and control, the vacancies are for design engineers for I&C, QA/QC supervisors for I&C, QA/QC I&C engineers, and I&C supervisors, engineers, and technicians.

There are also various positions for civil works, strcutural/architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, surveying, and safety in high rise structures and buildings the company is constructing, as well as positions in underwater construction (rehabilitation/construction of waste water, sewage treatment plants, and pipeline), such as field engineers, office engineers, geodetic engineers, and surveyors.

Baldoz said the conglomerate is also into roads, bridges, elevated highways, and railway systems construction, and thus in need of skilled and professional workers for civil works and surveying, both in office and field operations.

Phil-jobnet

Meanwhile, Baldoz said repatriates may try out Phil-JobNet, which has 50 vacant positions in construction and 313 vacant positions in engineering.

These are in the following companies:

Cagdianao Mining Corporation: Construction aide (1);

Taganito Mining Corporation: Construction helpers (6);

C.A. Betalac Construction and General Merchandise: Foreman (5) and laborers (18);

Equiparco Construction Company: Field engineers (4);

First Balfour, Inc.: Project manager (1);

Fiesta Communities, Inc.: field/project engineers (10);

DPY Mercantile, Inc.: Carpenters (5).

Phil-JobNet also contains job offers from various companies for engineering positions, such as:

Silangan Mindanao Mining Company: Decline development superintendent (1); geodetic engineer (1); surface planning engineer (1); rock mechanics aides (3); and ventilation engineer (1);

A.T. Dumlao Construction, Inc.: Civil engineers (2);

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation: Maintenance cadet engineer (1), production cadet engineers (2), and instrument engineer (1);

Combined Electro-Mechanical Supply Inc.: Sales engineer (1);

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation: Project Management Head (1);

Taganito Mining Corporation: civil engineer (1), electrical engineer (1); mechanical engineer (1); and safety engineer (1);

Power Master, Inc.: Marine engineer (1);

LGS Staff Management Services, Inc.: Technical sales engineer (1);

FVCS Construction and Supply: Civil engineers (2); CPR, electrical engineer (1), aircon technician (1), and mechanical engineer (1);

Strategic and Advanced Marketing Services Corporation: QA engineers (3);

Royale Fishing Corporation: Electrical engineer (1) and superintendent mechanical engineer (1);

Power Master, Inc.: Maintenance planning assistant (1) and electrical supervisor (1);

Strategic and Advanced Marketing Services Corporation: Product engineers (3);

Rhynns Internet CafĂ© & General Merchandise and Rafael Motor Parts: Automotive technician (1);

Container Corporation of the Philippines: GS foreman (1);

Universal Leaf Philippines, Inc.: Engineering officer (1);

Vicente Lao Construction: Civil engineer (1), electrical engineer (1) and mechanical engineer (1);

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company Philippines, Inc.: Site engineers (2);

Lighthouse Marina: Engineering supervisor (1);

Panglao Bluewater Beach Resort, Inc.: Engineering supervisor (1);

Kalayaan Engineering Company, Inc.: Health and safety engineer (1);

Mandue Integrated Manpower Services, Inc.: Civil engineers (5);

Service Resources, Inc.: Marine engineers (5);

Calasiao Ice Plant, Inc.: Mechanical or chemical engineer (1);

Nanox Philippines, Inc.: Facility maintenance engineer (1) and product engineers (5); 

Conquest Philippines, Inc.: I.E. manager (1), I.E. head (1), and I.E. supervisor (1);

ICE International Technologies: Process engineers (5), chemical engineers (4), and electrical engineer (1);

SM Lanang Primer-SM Supermall: Building administrator officer (1);

Pacific Carpet Manufacturing Corporation: Chemical engineer (1), electrical engineer (1), and cadet engineer (1);

Corporate Staffers Placement, Inc.: Sales engineer (1);

PTC Foodsphere: Engineering staff (1);

Maxim de Humana International, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1); 

Staffers Provider of Asia, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1);

Venvi Agro Industrial Ventures Corporation: Building engineer (1) and equipment engineer (1);

Equiparco Construction Company: Field engineer (1);

Yung Sung International Philippines, Inc.: Procurement management officer (1);

Procurement Service-DBM: Maintenance engineer (1) and procurement management officers (3);

Green Canyon Leisure Farms Corporation: Chemical engineer (1);

Kedica Philippines Corporation: Facilities and maintenance staff (2) and chemical engineer (1);

Peregrine Development International, Inc.: Mechanical engineer (1) and electrical engineer (1);

Liberty Commercial Center, Tabaco City: Complex engineers (2);

A.R.M. Resources, Inc.: Cadet engineers (50);

First Balfour, Inc.: Cost engineer (1), planning engineer (1), safety engineer (1), design coordinator (1), and field engineer;

Presam Construction & General Services, Inc.: Site engineers (5);

LBP Service Corporation: Civil engineers (5);

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation: Project management head (1);

City of Batac: Production engineers (10);

LC Ting Construction: Civil engineers (50) and mechanical engineers (50);

Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1) and mechanical engineer (1);

Arkipel Software Development: Software engineers (10);

Fiesta Communities, Inc.: Field engineers (10);

Puyat Sports Baguio: Bowling mechanic (1);

I-Ecxel Consultancy and Employment  Services, Inc.: Sales engineers (2) and radio frequency engineers (6);

Mekeni Food Corporation: Preventive maintenance supervisor (1);

Benguet Corporation: Electrical supervisor (1) and industrial engineers (3).

Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered

Amazing win! A South African court ruled that the government violated our right to free speech when they tore down ads calling for the protection of South Africa’s lions -- let’s use this momentum to build our petition further and save the lions: 

Dear friends, 



South African lions are being slaughtered for their bones,just to make bogus sex potions for men. But if we show President Zuma that this hurts South Africa’s image as a tourist destination, he could stop this cruelty by banning the trade in lion bones and organs. Sign the petition below -- we’ll take out ads in major tourism magazines and websites:

Sign the petition
Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. But we can stop this cruel trade by hitting the government where it hurts -- the tourism industry.

A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize -- the majestic lions.Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for "canned hunting", where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony 'medicine' makers in Asia for record profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions -- with only 20,000 left in Africa -- will come under poaching attack. 

If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa's image as a tourist destination, he could ban the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 2 million petition signers to give the ads their force. Sign below and forward this email to build our numbers fast: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_lion_slaughter_for_sex_aides_rb_en_to_nm/?bJiEZhb&v=38954

'Tiger bone wine' and other tiger-part medicines were banned after massive international outrage -- now traders have shifted their attention to lions' bones to make all kinds of bogus remedies.Experts say unless governments act now, lions could be the next in line -- after tigers and rhinos -- to face extinction. 

There is a solution: banning and punishing the trade of lion bones and organs. South Africa is currently the largest exporter of lion trophies, bones and organs -- it is also the only African country actively breeding lions in large numbers to supply trophy hunting. But if we can show that allowing this senseless trade can hurt South Africa’s booming tourism industry and make visitors flee, president Zuma could be forced to act. 

Let’s build a thunderous global roar for the lions. Avaaz will show the cruelty of the lion bone trade with stinging ads -- sign now and tell everyone about it: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_lion_slaughter_for_sex_aides_rb_en_to_nm/?bJiEZhb&v=38954

Avaaz members across the world have come together to demand strong protection for rhinos, save the world’s bees from poisonous pesticides and achieve huge marine reserves in Chagos and Australia to safeguard vulnerable marine species. Lets come together once again and stand up for Africa’s lions.

With hope, and determination,

Meredith, Alex, Antonia, Mia, Alice, Ricken, Luca, Emily and the entire Avaaz team

More information:

Avaaz lion bones adverts were censored, finds Constitutional Court (Mail & Guardian)
http://mg.co.za/article/2013-10-25-lion-bones-adverts-censored

Court orders Zuma lion advert to be displayed again at OR Tambo airport (BDlive)
http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/media/2013/10/25/court-orders-zuma-lion-advert-to-be-displayed-again-at-or-tambo-airport

Born to be killed (Carte Blanche)
http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4226

The Lion Bone’s Connected to the … Rhino Horn? (Rhinoconservation.org)
http://www.rhinoconservation.org/2012/05/12/the-lion-bones-connected-to-the-rhino-horn/

Wildlife trafficking trail leads to SA safari man (News 24)
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Bloody-rhino-poaching-trail-leads-to-SA-safari-operator-20110721

 
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