The last Weekender Herald carried many items about animals. Some good news, like letters requesting the end of horse racing and corella slaughter, and the appeal to end the use of the poison 1080.
But some were about unkind events, like the coming Marrabel Bull Riding, the racing of dairy cows at Mt Compass and the use of poison for fox 'control.'
I look forward to a world where animals are not abused for our entertainment or inhumanely poisoned when they are considered to be pests.
Atrocities on living animals
What monsters are we that we could commit such atrocities on living animals” Monkey see, monkey do in cloning race”
What right do we have to clone animals and inflict mental illness, depression, anxiety and horrible suffering on our fellow creatures?
How can we stand by and let the publication of these horrendously cruel findings in journals like “National Science Review” where they are “hailed as a world first by Chinese media” without showing our outrage against this evil.
We need to replace the word “humane” with another one because we can’t claim that we are a compassionate, kind, sympathetic gentle or good-natured species when we allow these wicked experiments to be conducted.
Our own Australian Government also uses our taxpayer dollars to support multiple, cruel experiments on animals and we should be protesting loudly against this as well.
Widen circle of compassion to embrace all creatures
The thought-provoking letter by Helen Dowling “Animal cruelty like Ancient Rome” referred to research showing exposing children to violent animal cruelty in the form of entertainment teaches them nothing about kindness to earthlings.
In a world of increasing acts of uncontrolled violence, this should be our priority.
All sentient beings feel pain as we do, whether for our food, clothing, entertainment, sport or experimentation.
As Albert Einstein famously said: “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
Animal cruelty like ancient Rome
Wear a ribbon for “Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men.”
This announcement made by the angel to shepherds watching over their sheep in the fields at night certainly was not at that time intended to extend to women.
And to be honest we have still not achieved that goal.
On White Ribbon Day today, people from 57 countries still wear a white ribbon to call for the elimination of violence against women.
So what of peace and goodwill to non-human animals?
Are there any among us who would be willing to give up meat for Christmas? We are even further from extending peace to animals. For them Christmas is every year the season of nightmare as their bodies provide a food so many humans unthinkingly crave.
Merry Christmas to all. Peace and goodwill to you and all in your family including your animals.
No to all violence
Two news items caught my eye because of their connection. One concerned violence to females (Stepping out in heels to support family violence victims) and the other concerned pets (Santa meets furry friends). So how were they connected?
I’ve no doubt the majority of us - particularly those wanting a photo of their pets with Santa - regard ourselves as animal lovers. But how many of us unthinkingly support violence to animals on a daily basis - by eating them?
Seeking to end violence to women is an admirable cause, but seeking to end violence to all sentient beings is an even more admirable cause.
To condemn violence to women while endorsing violence to females - and males of other species is illogical in the extreme.
In the past it may have been necessary to kill animals for sustenance but these days we have an abundance of healthy and humanely derived nonanimal foods at our fingertips. Isn’t it time we said no to all violence?
Paul Stevenson exactly expresses the views of animal advocates of our state’s archaic and woeful legislation failing to protect animals from human harm (“ Put animal welfare on a tighter leash")
Damning evidence of cruelty to animals and government inaction are regular media fare. Not everyone is able to make public protests on abattoir roofs about the pigs, sheep and fowl within, as was a recent event at Strathalbyn abattoir , or publicly campaign against sport and recreational animal abuses. Or rescue our precious native ducks, callously killed and wounded in wetlands by shooters for fun, but those who do are heroes.
What we can all do is voice our opposition to such egregious abuse to our parliamentary representatives and lobby for stronger, compassionate laws for the decent treatment of all animals.
Deliberately breeding birds in a manner known to cause them immense suffering should be regarded as a serious act of animal cruelty and punished accordingly. (Playing chicken with animal welfare)
Even though they are still blue-eyed babies when they reach slaughter weight at six weeks of age, almost every broiler chicken is in chronic pain due to their abnormal breeding. Many will have died in the sheds because their crippled legs prevented them from accessing food and water. Others will have died from heart disease and pulmonary oedema - a condition where their lungs fill with fluid and they slowly suffocate or "drown”.
Isn't it time we all helped end this cruelty by refusing to support this ruthless industry with our consumer dollar?.
Animal blessing ceremony
I'm sure the Buddhist animal blessing ceremony at Lillydale Lake (Animals get a blessing, 2/10) was a delightful event but, if we are really serious about wanting to enhance the well being of animals, the most important step we can take is to stop eating them - along with their milk and eggs.
Last year, a mind-boggling 70 billion animals -10 times the number of people on Earth - were slaughtered for food. The majority were raised in sunless, stinking factory farms inside cramped cages and pens. Many were subjected to agonizing mutilations without pain relief and many others - broiler chickens - were deliberately bred in a manner known to cause painful crippling. Around 6 billion male chicks - deemed "trash" by the egg industry - were minced up alive or suffocated. Every single one of these animals had the same capacity for suffering as us or our pets. Given that we can live healthily and happily with no animal products in our diet, how can we justify condemning so many innocent and inoffensive animals to this torture?
Be kind to animals
October 1 to 7 was “Kindness to Animals Week”, including October 4: World Animal Day, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Celebrated annually, it is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare, aimed at drawing attention to the suffering that we unnecessarily inflict on them, and encouraging kinder food choices.
Worldwide, uncountable tonnes of fish and 77 billion land animals are slaughtered each year.
Thomas Edison wrote: “Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Overfishing and pollution are resulting in the acidification of our oceans and large marine mammal and species loss, causing massive ecosystem damage, contributing to human health issues and animal suffering.
Animals have capacity for suffering just like us
I can understand T Robinson’s distress at finding his resident blue tongue lizard mauled by a cat because I accidentally ran over a lizard with the lawn mower yesterday. The poor little creature’s tail was partially severed as was his leg. I felt so bad and had to get my son to quickly end his suffering.
But this incident made me wonder how people can casually and deliberately kill bigger animals; intelligent, sensitive, life-loving cows, sheep, pigs etc with the same capacity for suffering as ourselves.
If we buy animal products, this is what we are doing, in fact, because we are paying someone else to slaughter them on our behalf.
If we had to witness the terror on the faces of these animals as they approached the killing floor, and then kill them with our own hands, would we feel differently?
Time to take a stand
WHY do we condemn violence when the victim is a member of our own species, yet condone violence when the victim is a member of a different species?
Isn’t this inconsistent? Isn’t it speciesism?
Last year we humans casually snuffed out the lives of 70 billion cows, sheep, pigs etc simply because we liked the taste of their flesh, milk and eggs.
Was this fair?
Given that October 2 was World Day for Farmed Animals it seems like a fitting time to reflect on our abysmal treatment of our gentle and inoffensive fellow beings and vow to do better.
I found last week's column by Nick Ryan, (Sunday Mail), both appalling and disturbing.
How can a comparison be made between a living being, in the case a goat, and a dumpling or cake?
Mr Ryan is wrong. It has been acknowledged by psychiatrists that teaching children that living beings are here for our use causes much emotional distress, especially when the animal, which will be killed, is known to the children, having been raised by them.
Small wonder there are so many angry youngsters in our communities.
But then, perhaps Mr Ryan doesn't want to live in a kinder world. Do his children?
Thank God for the animal activists, who had the courage to climb on to the roof of the Strathalbyn abattoir last week.
They are young people who do want a kinder world.
I was horrified to read the article “Steel traps outrage as pets left to die in pain”
How can anyone be so cruel as to do this to an animal. We need people to be vigilante and report anyone seen with traps to the RSPCA.
I hope someone can be found guilty of these abhorrent crimes and given the maximum penalty of four years jail.
What a change to see a positive article about helping suffering animals “First class treatment for animal victims.”
Congratulations to South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management for this constructive and necessary approach to helping animals in pain and agony.
Immediate treatment is what is required and with this approach it can be achieved.