Former Trade Minister highlights common cruelty to pigs

There was a great piece today by outgoing MP and former Cabinet Minister Craig Emerson on the enormous suffering experienced by many pigs in factory farm environments which is very common in Australia (and elsewhere). http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/no-excuse-for-beastly-behaviour-towards-pigs/story-e6frg6zo-1226674775633 Even though I strongly agree with him, there is often a part of me when I read something like […]

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The Whaling War II

The Japanese whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is always controversial in Australia. But, as predicted earlier this week, the political and public heat around the issue has escalated further in the aftermath of the ramming and subsequent sinking of the Ady Gil – a small trimaran – from the Sea Shepherd fleet, by a security ship […]

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Rodeos

In my recent posts on calls to ban jumps racing for horses, one of the arguments supporters of jumps racing have made is that people shouldn’t campaign to stop this activity without also campaigning against other forms of cruelty to animals. In that context, I thought I would draw attention to comments made by Ron […]

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Cosy Chickens

There have been a series of small protests in Brisbane this week to highlight the suffering endured by hundreds of millions of broiler chickens every year in Australia.  The protests are being held to coincide with the World Poultry Congress being hosted in town. The industry responded by saying they are better than the industry standard, […]

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No horsing around on animal cruelty

It is a truism that that all mainstream issues start off being fringe issues. I’ve campaigned on animal welfare issues since before I entered the Senate. Despite the fact that there is often widespread public opposition to animal cruelty, animal welfare is still generally treated as a fringe issue in politics, and usually in the […]

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Jump racing ban overdue

Two more horses were killed today in a hurdles race at Melbourne’s Flemington race course. There had  already been eight horses killed in Victorian jump races since March. The Minister has promised to bring forward his review as a consequence, but there were already reviews six years ago and three years ago.

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Still Whaling

I support the campaigns and efforts to stop whaling by Japanese boats; a view which most Australians seem to share. It is also one of the few issues where the federal Liberal Party is comfortable making very hardline pro-environment and anti-animal cruelty statements. Former Environment Minister Ian Campbell has just been appointed to the advisory […]

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Its not (just) the economy

With all the major parties focussing so heavily on economic matters once again, it can be easy to forget that there are other equally important things which also deserve major political attention. I tried campaigning on a few of these last week, albeit with not a great deal of success.

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Humane Education – public forum in Brisbane

Last weekend’s Courier-Mail reported “a plan to teach animal ethics in schools which aims to reduce the number of shocking cruelty cases being reported across the state.” It is being promoted by Dr Gail Tulloch from Griffith University.  “The ethical argument is that it’s important to extend the circle of compassion out, not just to your immediate […]

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Drug testing on animals

When I talk about animal welfare issues, I often feel I am running the risk that I will be accused of being more concerned about (non-human) animals than about humans. This is doubly so when I talk about the use of animals in experimentation. It was therefore irritating, although not totally surprising, that the “Hands […]

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A feathered bouquet to the Beattie government

In case anyone thinks I never praise the state or federal governments, here’s a special word of praise to the Queensland government for pressing ahead with their promise to bring in legislation to amend the Nature Conservation Act to ban recreational duck and quail hunting in Queensland.The government had previously announced they would do this, […]

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Killer had history of animal cruelty

A report in the Courier-Mail this weekend gives me cause to repeat the fact I mentioned in a recent post about the clear link between people committing cruelty to animals and violence to humans. The newspaper quoted from a psychiatric report for Francis Michael Fahey, who has just been given two life sentences for murdering […]

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