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Des Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia, Byron Bay

The government has announced it will throw another billion dollars of taxpayer cash at rural communities suffering the effects of the latest drought. Farmers and regional townspeople will receive short-term benefits, but the starving cattle and sheep we see so often on the news will get only more suffering.

A 600kg cow wants to eat 65kg of grass every day. The news footage from the bush, however, continually shows dry, cracked earth, devoid of any greenery. Yet still the graziers insist on breeding more animals to die of starvation or to drown when the rains come (as did half a million cattle in North Queensland in February), or to be trucked hundreds or even thousands of kilometres to a brutal and terrifying death in a slaughterhouse.

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Einstein pointed out that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. This is worse – the industry keeps trying to breed more animals in unspeakable conditions to sell to a market that is increasingly turning away from meat.

Let’s choose a better path. Encourage farmers to get out of industries that cause massive suffering as well as widespread environmental damage.

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  1. Australians abhor cruelty to animals. All animal based activities are subject to relevant state or territory animal welfare acts. If as Mr Bellamy suggests he is aware of brutality in slaughterhouses or cruelty in any other part of the industry, we should question why he has not reported the particular matters to the relevant police or RSPCA as required in those acts.

    The CSIRO report on climate change in Australia outlines changes that will be needed to ensure grazing is not contributing to global warming. That will add costs to production and so meat, but It is nonsense to suggest the grazing industry is breeding animals to sell to a market that is increasingly turning away from meat.. Mr Bellamy will not be aware but meat prices are higher than ever because of demand for our products in the booming Asian market.. Successful graziers know their land and it is not in their interest to damage it by overgrazing. That is why they feed their stock at high cost or with government help in periods of drought. Alternatively large scale, often corporate, farming in Australia has the capacity to move stock from drought affected areas and fatten them in areas where there is good rainfall.

    Grazing and meat production is a large business that employs many Australians, many of them indigenous. Einstein’s advice might well be given to those who repeatedly pillory people who know first hand their land and how to manage that industry profitably, sustainably and in accordance with community expectations concerning cruelty to animals as outlined in our laws.

    • “Australians abhor cruelty to animals.”
      What planet are you on?
      All the majority of Australians do every day is eat meat, like it’s a duty.
      And any “oh but they have a good life first” arguments are also crap.

      Your entire argument is based on human welfare not animal welfare.

      “All animal-based activities are subject to relevant state or territory animal welfare acts.”

      Crap and more total crap – this is just drivel, you have no idea what-so-ever the torture that animals under the “relevant state or territory animal welfare acts” go through every day. You are either delusional or have your head in the sand or both.

      Every single animal you eat, suffers – there is NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT.

  2. Eve, many of us have been scrolling straight over the commenter in question for quite some time now, as soon as their particular, lets say ‘special’ variety of perception became apparent via their posts. I’m only aware of their presence here because of your response. The only little bit of gratitude offered begrudgingly is they are not posting anonymously, and thus can be attached to an identity in the community. The community is hopefully better off with this awareness

    • The motto of Mullumbimby High School is play the game. If there is something in what I write that is not correct than please tell me. Do Australians as Eve suggests not abhor cruelty to animals – I don’t know any who do not. Do we not have laws that prohibit cruelty including in agriculture, and provisions to report instances? Is the market for meat declining as Des suggests?
      Please, play the ball, not the man.


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