Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Thanks for Nothing Christie Clark: Budget Promises BC Will Remain Last In Arts Funding

From the Alliance for Arts and Culture to my inbox:

“The BC government is making a long-term commitment to keep our province dead last in per-capita arts funding” said Alliance for Arts and Culture executive director Rob Gloor in response to today’s budget announcement.

“BC trails every other province in per capita funding of the arts,” said Mr. Gloor, “and the current budget, which projects a multi-year freeze in arts funding, is a promise to remain last in Canada.”

Budget details reveal frozen funding for arts and culture over the next three years, in spite of overall budget increases.

“With inflation, a frozen budget for the arts is equivalent to a multi-year decrease,” continued Mr. Gloor. “This results in a gradual decline in the capacity of the arts and culture sector to serve the community.”

One new tax credit appears to provide relief for families in the form of a $500 credit for enrollment in children’s arts programs. However, Mr. Gloor points out, the actual maximum benefit is just five percent of that figure — a mere $25 per child per year — and does nothing to facilitate participation among lower income families.

“Overall, a disappointing budget for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors” concluded Mr. Gloor. After so much work by so many in the arts community in recent years to raise public and political awareness of the importance of a healthy cultural sector, we had hoped for better.”

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Tell Amazon to Stop Selling Whale Meat! Get in Touch With Jeff Bezos (CEO)

Amazon.com claims on its website that it’s “always looking for ways to further reduce environmental impact.” What’s not environmentally, or animal, friendly is selling hundreds of whale products — from endangered fin whales and whales killed in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary — on Amazon.jp, its Japanese subsidiary.

Clearly, killing endangered whales doesn’t serve conservation, but it’s also terribly inhumane: These enormous animals can suffer for up to an hour or more after being struck with an exploding harpoon before finally dying.

You can help! Tell Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to do the right thing now: Ban the sale of all whale products on Amazon.jp, and stop profiting from the cruel slaughter of whales!

There’s more. Whaling also undermines international treaties, AND it’s proven that many of these whale meat products contain levels of mercury higher than Japanese national limits — a danger to human health.

Enough is enough. As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon and its subsidiaries have a significant impact, both in terms of the amount of goods sold and through influence on consumers and other businesses. A change in its policy on this issue could make a real difference.

Please take action today and help save whales! Tell Amazon.com to make the humane — and right — choice.
Thank you so much for caring about animals.

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Andrew Rowan, President & CEO, Humane Society International

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