Why it is important to ban Trump’s state visit.

As of 07.48 today 922,066 people signed a petition to stop Trump’s visit being an Official State Visit… nobody is saying he can’t come here as Head of the American people, but he should definitely not get all the pomp and pageantry that goes with a state visit.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928

Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.

Since Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims from certain countries from entering the US… attacks on Mosques have risen… this executive order seems to have made people feel that they have the god forgiven right to persecute Muslims not just in America but in Canada as well.  Mosques have been burnt to the ground… and Muslims have been killed.

Yes IS is using the Islamic Faith as their fighting tool… but Muslims… don’t believe in violence… the thought of people dying in a barbaric way that the  like IS inflicts.. turns the stomach of peace-loving Muslims.

Here in the UK we have had our own religious conflicts… Catholics -v- Protestants in the raging war in Northern Ireland… many people died… innocent people died, but did we ban Catholics from entering UK?  No.  Did we cry out as Christians for Catholics to be banned from entering UK?  No we didn’t… we didn’t blame the faith used.. we blamed the IRA and the parties that were causing the carnage of our streets and the streets of Northern Ireland.

Trump’s executive order is a licence to spread fear of Muslim people … Muslim people who are law-abiding citizens… people who deplore the horrors of what IS do in the name of Islam… people who also want IS wiped from the face of the earth…. people who condemn the every attack IS does in the name of Islam… people who have stood shoulder to shoulder with our servicemen in the fight against IS and repression.

Mo Farah said

“I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years – working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the president has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.

“I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.”

A man who discriminates again Muslim people is not worthy of a state visit… It is about time Trump started to blame the right people for the atrocities that are happening, ISIS… and Theresa May had better listen to the people of the United Kingdom… especially if she wants to re-elected.. because we can’t stand what Trump stands for.

Tyrant
Racist
Unethical
Misogynistic
Pig

By the time I finished writing this post.. at 08.06; 931,102 people had signed the petition.

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The death of Harambe was tragic.. but

409054-1464544617-wideNobody can deny that the death of Harambe was tragic… but so would the death of a child should Harambe decide that child became a threat.

It is all too easy to blame the parents, but being a parent myself, with my hand on my heart, there has been times when my child became ‘slippery’ and just waited for that moment my back was turned to do his dastardly deed.

Yes the parents should have had more control.. especially if they knew their child was a high-spirited child.. but you can’t keep your eye on your child 24/7.  There are times when you have to attend to another child or do something and your back in turned.  And it is in that one split second your little rascal is off doing his own adventure.

We can blame the zoo for shooting Harambe without using a tranquilizer first.. but what would have happened if that dart had been shot and Harambe became agitated.. he could have killed that little boy… also if he was stumbling around he could have fallen on the little boy and crushed.

Gorillas are strong.. and I don’t think we as humans realise how strong they can be.. plus today we live in a society where we sue, sue, sue and sue some more.

If that child had been killed or maimed the parents could have and probably would have sued the zoo for not having adequate protection in order to protect the public from potentially dangerous animals.

Petitions have been flying around, demanding the parents get prosecuted… but a friend of mine said something on Facebook that really drove home … how children can wander off… they gave an example by saying

That they were going to a show, and no doubt there will be a place where you can collect your lost child… a place where you can take a child who is lost too… so that their parents can collect them should god forbid they did lose their child..  Should we have the Police and Social Services on hand at the ‘lost child contact point’ to prosecute them because their child has wandered off?

And even on beaches in my day… many a time you would hear tannoy announcements, asking for the parents of ‘so and so’ to go to certain place to collect their child.

It is easy for us to judge another person’s parenting skills… but what we must remember each and every one of us has had, if they are being truthful, one of those hearts in mouths moment with their child.. where you are so thankful nothing serious happened because our child did a dangerous thing.

In all of the petitions online over Harambe’s death the most thought-provoking one came from a petitioner called Ani who was upset at Harambe’s death but also upset that Harambe was held captive in a zoo.

It got me thinking deep and hard, because I like zoos.  Have I been party to this animal’s captive suffering because I have paid money to visit a zoo?  Should animals be kept in confined quarters and have the people keep gawking at them?  Is it time we as a human race decided that zoos are places we shouldn’t have in society today?  Should it be time for all animals, who wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild, to be sent to a sanctuary where they can live out their lives and roam freely without having members of the public shouting at them or gawking at them… or in the case of Harambe people screaming their guts out because a little boy had decided to go on what he felt like was as good adventure, when in fact it was the most dangerous thing he could do..

That child fell 10-12 feet… he was lucky that the fall didn’t kill him… it is so easy to blame the parents, the zoo handlers, uncle Tom Cobley and all, when perhaps we are to blame for paying good money to see animals caged up.

If you want to see Gorillas in their natural habitat perhaps it is time to start signing a petition to get the Gorillas sent to a sanctuary.  We know they would never survive in the wild now.. and perhaps these breeding programmes to put more Gorillas back into the wild should be done away from the public’s eye.  A place that is natural to the animal.. a place where they have far more space to roam freely, a place where they are not a human’s entertainment.

I signed the petition… will you?

SIGN TO ASK CINCINNATI ZOO TO LET THEIR GORILLAS GO TO A SANCTUARY

Wild at heart… nomore

wild_at_heart_uk-showNow I don’t know about you, but I used to love watching Wild at Heart on a Sunday evening.  There was nothing better than sitting down, relaxing watching Dancing on Ice and then an episode of Wild at Heart whilst we waited for the results.

Through the various seasons, we have grown the love the characters, and even when Danny’s wife died (played by Amanda Holden) some of us thought she could never be replaced.. but lo and behold along came Dawn Steele who played Alice, his new wife. Continue reading Wild at heart… nomore