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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Pets and Domestic Violence

On Friday night I attended a fundraising dinner for the RSPCA in Queensland. I wrote some thoughts on the RSPCA a month ago (click here to read them), but in short, my experience with them in Qld is that they are quite effective at what they do, and are willing to try some different approaches…

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Who speaks for the animals?

There are a range of protests tomorrow against the live export trade. I’ll be attending the one in Brisbane on Saturday morning, as will people from a range of groups, including the RSPCA. There was quite a long article in The Australian last weekend about the different animal welfare and animal rights groups in Australia….

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Animal Stories

This blog hasn’t focused much lately on the ‘diary’ part of web diary. I’ve found myself writing what I think about issues without mentioning so much about what I’ve been doing. I’ll try to redress this imbalance a bit. What I’ll be doing tonight is engaging in the highly political activity of watching television –…

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Whaling

Most Australians are rightly appalled by Japan’s plans to increase the number of whales they kill each year and it is pleasing to see that Australia’s Environment Minister, Ian Campbell, appears to have convinced the Solomon Islands not to support Japan’s aims at the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Whaling is an undeniably…

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Update on the mulesing debate

As those of you who read the comments will note, a Mr Yobbo left a grumpy comment that I didn’t link to his pro-mulesing site. In the interests of open communication (and not at all because he says he voted Democrat last election), if you want to read views on his site in support of…

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The Lives of Animals

I’ve just re-read The Lives of Animals by J.M Coetzee. A friend of mine gave it to me about 4 years ago. It’s a bad habit of mine to half read books and then leave them lying around somewhere and not find them again for ages, and it was by accident I saw this one…

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Animals Australia

I spent the weekend in Perth at a meeting of Animals Australia, which is an umbrella organisation for over 40 different groups with an animal rights or animal welfare related focus. It may not be everybody’s idea of how to have a break and get away from it all, but I thought I would it…

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Live Sheep Exports

I had the misfortune to see one of the huge sheep transport ships being loaded in Fremantle.The Al Kuwait, back again for more thousands and thousands of victims. The case brought 18 months ago against a shipment for breaching the WA Animal Welfare Act still hasn’t progressed, but the ships keep coming. I think the…

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