Week 19 Compassion in World Farming (UK/International)

This week stares ‘I‘ in the eye.

Understandably each one of us is the centre of our own universe…so much so that in the English language we have elevated ourselves right up there alongside God by capitalising the pronoun that refers to ourselves!  Even ‘you’ and ‘they’ don’t get the same honourific treatment that ‘I‘ do!

I’m suddenly feeling mighty important, so big I command little you to read on!

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Last week was Anzac Day and many people faced the pre dawn cold to commemorate* our service people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also last week, there was a 35 kilometre offal spill along the Northern Highway in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While coverage of one event honoured the fallen in intimate detail, the response to the other was to sweep it off the road and under the carpet as quickly as possible and pretend the fallen had never existed.

If we are to grow as a compassionate society, we need to acknowledge this insensitivity.

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I wrote a letter to the editor of The North Central Review.

I can understand why a resident expressed her relief at the recent 35km offal spill being cleaned up in time ‘so children were not confronted by this grisly scene on the way to school’.

From another perspective however, maybe it would have been beneficial for kids to see some of the reality behind meat, rather than just the sanitised, packaged myth we are all sold.

According to a UN report  ‘Animal industries are one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global’ . Let alone the suffering of the individual animals who are the innocent victims in a race for profit above all other considerations.

With a better understanding of the fact that meat once belonged to a living creature, grisly bits and all, people might be inclined to consume more mindfully.

Unfortunately it wasn’t published, this was:

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(What I reall want to know is how did they manage to make sausages with all that offal going missing anyway?!)

But seriously, somewhere along the way as we mourn human loss or our own discomforts, we seem to have forgotten about all the others also struggling on this planet.

 

War causes an extraordinary amount of physical and emotional trauma for feeling beings.

So does animal agriculture.

Lest We Forget.

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The leading farm animal welfare charity

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Compassion in World Farming was founded over 40 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming.

Today we campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices. We believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach – so we only work on farm animal welfare.

We are immensely proud of what we have achieved so far

  • Our political lobbying and campaigning has resulted in the EU recognising animals as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering. We have also secured landmark agreements to outlaw the barren battery cage for egg-laying hens, narrow veal crates and sow stalls across Europe
  • Our Food Business team is working with some of the world’s biggest food companies as a key part of the drive towards a more ethical and sustainable food supply. Our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards are already benefitting millions of animals each year.257 million animals are set to benefit each year as a result of our Good Award winners’ policies.

 

Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery, is my hero.  He has written a book called Farmageddon which EVERYBODY should read.

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Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain. They can experience a sense of emotional well-being and understand the difference between comfort and sadness.

 

 

 

 

 

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*There is an interesting article on the rising popularity of Anzac Day here.

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