Cruelty Free Money

Keep your money cruelty free..

If you are not investing and saving ethically, how much blood is on your hands?

When you save and invest, your money doesn’t disappear into an old shoe box somewhere and magically earn interest or profit until you need it. If your money is in a bank account, then it is lent to individuals who need to borrow or companies who need to borrow. If these companies make their money from human rights abuses or animal exploitation, then you are paying for them to do it.

Amnesty International/Watchdoc

If you invest via a Superfund or similar fund then your money will, in most instances, be invested into the shares of trading companies. That makes you a part owner of the business. Does it trouble your conscience if some of the companies that you own are making money for you by abusing children or exploiting animals? If it doesn’t bother you, then I am not sure what you are doing reading this blog. If it does bother you, then now is the time to decide whether it bothers you enough to do something about it.

By doing something about it, I do not mean that you get upset for a little while and then rant and rave about the fact that someone should do something about it. It is up to you – it’s simple. Either you are happy killing children or animals or you are not. If you are not, then you need to move your money to somewhere where this isn’t going to happen. No one is going to make this move for you – you must do it. ALL money invested in shares, unless it is subject to a written, public ethical policy will just invest your money anywhere the managers feel like and in many cases this is going to be into companies that you don’t agree with. You need to choose a fund with a stated ethical policy, such as Cruelty Free Super in Australia and Kames Ethical Equity in the UK.

Have a read of this article and then decide – you are either part of the problem by leaving your money where it is or you must move it somewhere ethically safe. If you don’t make the choice, then the financial industry assumes, probably quite rightly, that you actually don’t care who or what is exploited in your name for the sake of a dollar. The logic is simple – if you did care, you’d do something about it. Wouldn’t you?

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It’s a stark choice – can we make the right one though?

A well written, eloquent piece extolling the virtues of moving to a more sustainable lifestyle will often convert many people to start the make changes to their lives. Sometimes, though, we need something more emotive to tug at the heart strings and create a real desire to be part of the change that is needed.

stark choice

I recently watched (and watched and watched and watched) a fantastic video which shows us all a very stark choice; make the changes now for a better future or the consequences are no future at all. Getting to a safe, secure and sustainable future isn’t going to be something we sit back and hope for. It is incumbent on all of us to make it happen. This isn’t something that we can just leave to politicians because that will just guarantee the worst of the two scenarios.

There’s no way that politicians are going to ignore the lobbying and pressures from big business, so ordinary people are going to have to take control themselves. Everyone will need to change aspects of their own lives, change their local communities and take out those politicians who stand in the way. There’s no time for party politics, the stakes are too big. Any politicians, local or national, who remain climate change deniers or who block moves towards a sustainable future must be removed from the equation.

Watch the video again, choose your future and get out there and make it happen.


http://earth2045.com/

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The new Italian political diet

It might be a bit unusual for a politician to be driving the vegetarian and vegan charge, but in Turin, the home of Italian car makers, the new female mayor is at the vanguard of a global phenomenon.

In a city known for its consumption of various and varied animal parts, Mayor Chiara Appendino is trying to create at least a vegetarian city, and perhaps move on to a genuinely cruelty-free vegan city.  Clearly the vested interests of carnivore businesses are going to do everything they can to put a stop to this move, and whether long-term the changes stick or get reversed the point is that everyone can talk about it and discuss some of the reasons why Chiara wants to try to turn Turin into a caring and compassionate city.

vegan city

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/21/turin-mayor-italys-first-vegetarian-city-five-star

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Congratulations are in order to Cruelty Free Super

Cruelty Free Super in Australia as reached a very significant landmark – 1000 member applications.

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The last 12 months for Cruelty Free Super has been one of long sought after expansion,  both in terms of member numbers as well as funds under management.  The figures are really impressive:

  • Member numbers are up 43%
  • Funds under management are up by 62%

Late in 2016, a Member Relations Officer was taken on to provide more direct help and support to new and existing members. Leigh-Chantelle (from Viva la Vegan!) has been vegan for 20 years and will be well known to many in Australia for passionately promoting a vegan and compassionate lifestyle.

It looks like 2017 will be an even better year for animal welfare issues in the financial markets as Cruelty Free Super goes form strength to strength.

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Cruelty Free Money options: Performance Update

I’ve had a look at the main global cruelty free investments available and checked on their performance over recent years.

As far as I can see, they all look great.  As they are all different in terms of geographical location they can’t be compared to each other but performance can be compared to unethical funds/indexes with equivalent investment strategies.

Australia

Cruelty Free Super Balanced

Australian Financial Year to 30 June 2016:

1 Year: 3.01% (net of fees)

3 Years: 7.46% per annum (net of fees)

 

UK

(Figures to 17 Jan 2017)

Henderson Global Care Growth

1 Year: 35%

3 Years: 13.3% per annum

Kames Ethical Growth

1 Year: 9.1%

3 Years: 5% per annum

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