Movement: a group of people working together to advance their shared ideas
Welcome to Paws for a Cause New Zealand. We are a global family of animal lovers. We require no membership, or dues. All we ask is that you take simple action steps to help create a world free of one of the most cruel toxins on the planet.
Paws is dedicated to celebrating our love for creatures. So let us make joyful noise!
IDEAS FOR HELPING PAWS (PAUSE) 1080:
Educate yourself: Flock together to view Poisoning Paradise, Ecocide New Zealand so that you can communicate passionately on this issue. Host a screening in your community.
Twitter and yowl: Tell 10 friends and encourage them to tell 10 others.
Bark to the news.
Publish opinion pieces and articles to newspapers and magazines.
Write school reports, thesis.
Speak to your club, neighbors, association.
Write letters or emails to New Zealand government. http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/mpp/mps/current/ for a complete list of names:The most key people to contact are Prime Minister John Key, Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, Minister of Conservation Amy Ames, Parlimentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Jan Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Herd together: Host a Paws parade, or a PROtest. Celebrate being PRO-humanity for animals. Hand out fliers to educate others. Encourage others to take a stand to end animal suffering.
Visit and like our Facebook page: share https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paws-4-a-Cause-NZ/710072042346962 . Share this paws4acausenz.com website with all your friends. Brainstorm together for additional actions you can take to PAWS1080.
TeAra The Encyclopedia of New Zealand describes methods of taking political action:
For full details visit: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/public-protest
A public protest allows people to complain about something they think is wrong, and build support to change it. Most target politicians. The Bill of Rights Act guarantees the right to public protest.
Most protests are in towns and cities. In Wellington New Zealand, protesters often march to Parliament and are addressed by MPs (Ministers of Parliament).
Letters and petitions
Groups sometimes organise letter-writing campaigns.
Petitions collect signatures to ask that a grievance be considered (usually by Parliament or a local authority). (a change.org petition received 2.2 million signatures.)
Meetings and rallies
At meetings protest leaders make speeches, and those attending may decide on resolutions and actions.
Rallies are held outside.
Sit-ins and occupations
These occur when a group occupies a place to highlight a grievance. A sit-in usually takes about a day, but an occupation can last for weeks or even years
Pickets, blockades and boycotts
Pickets are a line of people standing in a public space.
Blockades involve stopping goods or people from passing.
Boycotts suspend relationships with a business or company.
Protest marches move along streets, with participants often carrying placards and banners.
Marches were common in the 1980s and early 1990s, including thousands marching against the Springbok rugby tour in 1981*
*New Zealanders refused to play rugby with South Africa until Apartheid was ended.
NEW ZEALAND: CLEAN GREEN OR 1080 GREEN?
Damien O’Connor, (former) New Zealand Minister of Tourism, in reply to Unsure New Zealand 4 Dec 2007, wrote:
“The 100% Pure New Zealand brand does establish a level of expectation among potential visitors that New Zealand’s natural environment will be clean and well cared for. Government, and our tourism agencies, recognise the importance of the natural environment in fulfilling New Zealand’s marketing promise. This creates an incentive for all of New Zealand to take action to ensure we live up to the 100% New Zealand promise.”
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