Author: Rebecca Zisser

The 4 Most Compassionate Ways to Deal With Panhandlers

You see them standing on the corner on the drive to work, or walk by them in the grocery store parking lot. Panhandlers, “beggars” — whatever you call them, they need our help as well as our respect. If you’ve ever pondered the most compassionate ways to respond to this much-ignored subset, this guide will help. 1. Give Money If you encounter a panhandler on the street and feel the urger to give them a few dollars, just do it! Even a dollar or some spare change can go a long way to help someone begging on the street. While...

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USDA Sued for Failing to Stop Massive Animal Suffering

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the department refused to respond to their petition requesting an update on the archaic Humane Methods of Slaughter Act — thus failing to prevent animal suffering on a massive scale. “The humane slaughter regulations have not been amended in nearly 40 years, despite the fact that we now know much more about the best ways to handle animals at slaughter,” said AWI’s Farm Animal Program Director Dena Jones in an interview with Lady Freethinker. Since AWI — a nonprofit animal advocacy organization...

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First-Ever Report: Clothing Makers Not Doing Enough to Stop Slave Labor, Human Trafficking

Few apparel and footwear companies are doing enough to address the systemic causes of forced labor and human trafficking, according to a new report from KnowTheChain. The report is the first of its kind, and shows much work to be done to end slavery in the clothing industry. “Forced labor exists in corporate supply chains throughout the industry and every company can do more to address their risks.” said Killian Moote, project director of KnowTheChain, in an interview with Lady Freethinker. “Companies in the apparel and footwear sector may wish to focus in particular on improving practices in purchasing practices, recruitment,...

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Water Cut Off for Nearly Half of Mosul’s Children

A pipeline in the Iraqi city of Mosul broke last week, cutting off clean water to nearly half of the children in the region. The pipeline was struck as Iraqi troops fought to regain control of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIL); because it is located in an area of Mosul that still controlled by ISIL, the pipeline is inaccessible for repairs. “Children and their families in Mosul are facing a horrific situation. Not only are they in danger of getting killed or injured in the cross fire, now potentially more than half a million people do not have safe water to drink,” Peter Hawkins, a UNICEF Representative in Iraq, said in a press release. If the pipeline is not repaired quickly and civilians resort to drinking water from unsafe sources, the children in Mosul could be at risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as diarrhea. This is the latest blow to the children of Mosul who have continued to face harsh conditions since the Iraqi government launched the offensive on Mosul in October. In the interim, the Iraqi government and UNICEF are working to find alternative methods of providing clean water to the affected areas. Water is currently being trucked from 35 kilometers away into Mosul, but the supply is not enough. Throughout the offensive, the Iraqi government has struggled to protect civilians while fighting to retake the city....

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