So yesterday my sister and I went to the ‘Dolphin Awareness’ campaign at Federation Square in Melbourne. It was great to talk to the people at Sea Shepherd who had a stall there. The event was about raising awareness for the dolphin slaughter going on in Taiji, Japan. Japan is being considered to host the 2020 Olympic Games. We must make it known that we do not support the slaughter that the Japanese government condones, and whilst this continues Japan should not be allowed to host the games!
As the Federal election draws near, political parties are making their cases to Australian voters. You won’t believe what’s at the top of the Coalition’s priority list.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott wants to ‘apologise’ to Indonesia for the five week trade suspension in 2011. Yes — the same temporary suspension that was put in place to spare Australian animals from horrendous abuse after cruelty was exposed on the Four Corners program ‘A Bloody Business’.
Coalition party leaders seem to have forgotten the deep distress and outrage that swept Australia after it was revealed that cattle were routinely smashing their heads on concrete plinths, having their eyes gouged, tails broken, and throats brutally hacked at in Indonesian abattoirs. This graphic evidence, filmed by Animals Australia and independently verified by the ABC, was also corroborated by the live export industry’s own reports. It was heinous. It was widespread. And it needed to stop.
It would have been unconscionable to knowingly continue to send animals to this fate, which is why the Gillard Government temporarily suspended cattle exports to Indonesia while new safeguards were put in place. Indeed every politician who spoke out at the time declared that they did not condone animal cruelty. Yet if the Coalition formally apologises to Indonesia for this suspension they will be defending some of the worst cruelty ever documented. An ‘apology’ will also send a damaging message to importing countries that trade relations are more important than stopping animal abuse.
Coalition MPs and Senators will be hoping for your support this election. If you would never make apologies for animal cruelty, send an instant message now to tell the Coalition not to ‘apologise’ on your behalf.
I just sent a rather angry email to McDonalds, because they fucking deserve it! ‘We will get back to you within 5-7 days’ …not likely.
If you think that cutting the throats of animals whilst they are still alive and suffering is wrong, then I advise you to contact them also! Lets spam the bastards.
Cows are gentle giants! Anyone who has ever been with a cow will know how beautiful their temperament is. They are intelligent and curious creatures, who are capable of forming the same complex relationships we see fellow canine companions to have with one another and with people. Unfortunately, we do not treat them with the same gentle nature as they allow to us. Many cows have never known any kindness in their short lives.
Cows and other animals used for food in Australia have few legal protections. It is left to states to try to enforce their limited animal welfare laws, but this is difficult as the Primary Industries Ministerial Council has established a separate “voluntary” code for the livestock industry. The recent government-commissioned report on live export found that “[c]ompliance with these codes is not mandated under legislation and they are generally written as guidelines, which are difficult to enforce”.
When they are still quite young, many cows are burned with hot irons (branded), their horns are cut or burned off and males have their testicles ripped out of their scrotums (castrated) – all without painkillers. Many are later sent to massive, barren feedlots, where they are exposed to the elements and fattened before slaughter.
On dairy farms, cows are repeatedly impregnated and separated from their calves until their exhausted bodies can no longer produce milk, at which point they are sent to slaughter. Cows form strong maternal bonds with their calves, and mothers can be heard frantically crying out for days after their calves have been taken away.
Eventually, all cattle are crammed onto trucks, typically without food or water, to be transported to the abattoir. Many cows die on the way to slaughter, but those who survive are shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hung up by one leg and taken onto the killing floor, where their throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted. Some cows remain fully conscious throughout the entire process. As one abattoir worker described it, “They die piece by piece”.
KFC is one of the WORST cases for animal cruelty, and also happens to be one of the largest fast food chains in the world. KFC ‘specialises’ in chicken; chicken burgers, chicken wraps, fried chicken balls…you name it. In various advertisements by the company, they speak of the ‘secret’ recipe which makes their meat just so good. Not too many people realise that the ‘secret’ behind this company is actually extreme cruelty at its absolute worst. What’s even worse is that KFC refuses to change their tactics towards their care of chickens, even after being advised to do so by their own staff and personal advisors. KFC suppliers cram birds into huge waste-filled factories, breed and drug them to grow so large that they can’t even walk, and often break their wings and legs. At slaughter, the birds’ throats are slit and they are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water—often while they are still conscious.
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How can you help? DON’T SUPPORT KFC BY BEING THEIR PRODUCTS.