EAT ETHICALLY


Dear friends,

There’s a new petition on the Avaaz Community Petition Site, and we thought you might be interested in it:

Seafood, not slavefood

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Migrant workers are being enslaved in grim and violent conditions to produce many of the prawns on our supermarket shelves. But just as people across Britain rallied to ban the slave trade 200 years ago, we can get our biggest retailer to crack down on these abuses

Recent investigations by the Environmental Justice Foundation and The Guardian have shown serious human rights abuses including trafficking, slavery and murder in the Thai seafood industry. One migrant fisher saw a fellow crew member being murdered, reporting: “The other captains came and pinned him down. They tied his hands and legs to four boats, and they pulled him apart.”

Thailand is a major supplier of prawns to the UK, and Tesco is one of the biggest companies that buys from a massive Thai company linked to this slavery. Tesco’s Annual General Meeting is tomorrow, and if enough of us call on them now, they can lead the way to stop the seafood slavery. They say they use their scale for good and that meeting customer needs is a priority. So let’s ask them to stop buying Thai prawns until they’ve finished rigorous, independent audits of their full supply chain.

We have to move fast, while this news story is fresh. Click below to sign now, then share this with everyone, so we can make it massive before we deliver it to Tesco’s CEO Philip Clarke in front of their shareholders and the watching media at their big meeting.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Philip_Clarke_TESCO_Group_CEO_Stop_Selling_Seafood_Produce_by_Slaves/?bTdBbdb&v=41449

With hope and determination,

Lisa, Alex, Ari, Moj, Luis and the whole Avaaz team – with the Environmental Justice Foundation

PS: This petition was started on Avaaz’s Community Petitions Site. It’s quick and easy to start a petition on any issue you care about, click here: http://avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?30311

MORE INFORMATION:

Sold to the sea: Human Trafficking in Thailand’s Fishing Industry (Environmental Justice Foundation)
http://ejfoundation.org/oceans/soldtotheseafilm

Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/-sp-migrant-workers-new-life-enslaved-thai-fishing

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