With Australia/Invasion Day this week, we are expected to demonstrate our patriotism by eating lamb, littering beaches and, of course, laughing at this year’s lamb ad and the ‘stupid vegos’ who get upset by it!
Most vegos aren’t personally upset at all, but they are upset of behalf of the animals.
It would be seen as weird to laugh about the suffering of some types of animals; look at the Orstraya Day furore around the Roosters’ (now ex) captain Mitchell Pearce’s ‘simulated sex act’ with a dog. Understandably this has been met with horror by the majority of Australians.
So why is it so easy to disconnect lamb chop in front of us from the lamb behind it? And if that lamb had spent weeks crammed in a stinking ship before meeting its gruesome end, then it is so much the sadder.
That ad was was intended us from reality… But at least its unintended consequence has been getting people talking about animal rights 🙂
Animals are not objects, every single one of them is an individual with a personality…yes, even sheep!
Please consider supporting the following charity…you’d be unAustralian not to!
Stop Live Exports is committed to ending the export of live animals for slaughter.
We were founded in the mid-nineties under the name of People Against Cruelty in Animal Transport (PACAT). In 2008, we decided to change our name as our focus is on ending live exports, although we do get involved in other transportation and animal welfare issues.
Approximately 70% of all animals exported live from Australia for slaughter in foreign countries will have their throats cut whilst fully conscious, but their fate is not always the worst part of the live export process. Voyages can take up to 41 days (Livestock Shipping Services, 62,857 sheep and 10,237 cattle from Fremantle to Izmar, Turkey, May 2011), depending on point of origin and destination. Average voyage length to Indonesia is eight days and voyages to the Middle East vary between 14 and 34 days, with the average being 25 days.
Over 2.5 million animals have died on route in the last 30 years, and nearly half of those have died from inanition, or failure to eat – they starved to death. The other main casue of death for cattle is respiratory illness, and for sheep, salmonellosis. Most animals die in their pens – often a long and painful death – they are not humanely euthanised.
Although the live export industry is worth around $1 billion annually, it makes up a tiny percentage of Australia’s total exports, at just 0.5%. Ending live exports would not see the loss of that $1 billion, it would see it transferred to the chilled meat export industry (3.4% of total exports) and also see more jobs and profits staying in Australia.
Our members come from all walks of life, the common goal we all share is the end of live animal export.
Here are some faq’s about live export from the Animals Australia website:
What is so ‘Australian’ about eating lamb anyway?
Is it the fact that the true Australians managed to get by on this continent for 50,000 years without ever having seen a sheep?… Or is it the familiar barren and degraded landscape that we have created since white invasion, a lot of it cleared in the name of sheep farming?
Is it the fact that Aussies claim they love a fair go…except where the welfare of livestock is concerned?…especially when it comes to live export for slaughter, which our kinder cousins in New Zealand have banned.
Is it species discrimination? We Aussies love our dogs so much we won’t even dock their tails (and we’d certainly never eat them); yet one of the first things a baby sheep knows is agony as its tail is removed without pain relief.
Is it the sight and smell of the livestock trucks packed with hot, fatigued and frightened animals?
…And how much of our agricultural industry is even still in Australian hands, anyway?
One last rant while I’m rolling!
Why do people criticise vegetarian parents for ‘inflicting their beliefs on their children’ … while no one questions the majority’s morality in serving up carcinogenic rashers of Peppa Pig, or perpetuating the myth of animals all living cleanly and happily in an ‘Old McDonalds Farm’ scenario to their unsuspecting children? Kids will even believe fish have fingers if they see it written on a box!
How about criticising intensive animal industries instead for creating species-jumping super-germs in their filthy overcrowded slums, where animals are fed an inappropriate and sometimes cannibalistic diet, while they simultaneously erode the power of our precious antibiotics through their indiscriminate use?
It’s all about protecting the unthinking, dominant paradigm, as sponsored by big industry. And also what is most personally convenient. It really isn’t about health.
Most of the big, strong animals on this planet grow those powerful muscles people are so proud of eating…from the protein and nutrients in a vegetarian diet…
Don’t have the wool pulled over your eyes! 🙂