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A matter of the commons

Michael Balson (Letters 3 August) writing about the Commons, has tried to place his interpretation on matters of...

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Fairy of the week – 17 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Bundjalung Nghari – contemporary Bundjalung stories 

Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise features Rhoda Roberts AO and words by Steven Oliver, Kylie Caldwell, Ella Noah Bancroft, Daniel...

The solution is absolute transparency

Heilpern's great comparison (20 July) of wars in Ukraine and Iraq, illustrates the USA and all participants commit great...

The 30th Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks

Last night in Sydney, the 30th Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks were celebrated at a glittering ceremony at NSW Parliament House

Red Devils beat Evans Head playing finals footy

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More Blacks, More Dogs, More Irish 

Having lived in so-called ‘Australia’ for a decade, Irish born singer-songwriter, Áine Tyrrell, rewrites what is imaginable every step of the...

A major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia is threatening to spread to Australian animals, with authorities warning, ‘the threat level has rapidly dramatically increased’. Indonesia had been free of the disease for thirty years until this May, and now has 200,000 cases.

FMD is a highly contagious viral disease of animals. It affects cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, buffalo, camels, sheep, goats and pigs. Symptoms include fever followed by the appearance of fluid-filled blisters between the toes and on the heels, on mammary glands and especially on the lips, tongue and palate. The Department of Agriculture states that humans can carry the virus in their noses for up to 24 hours and can be a source of infection for other animals.

FMD is one of an increasing number of diseases that gestate and spread in the appalling conditions in which animals are factory farmed. Even before the Indonesian outbreak, a group of experts led by Australia’s Chief Vet, Dr Mark Schipp, found that the risk of a major animal disease outbreak in Australia is increasing, with an estimated 42 per cent probability the country will experience one in the next five years.

Overwhelmingly, human diseases too start with the abuse of animals. The appropriation of animals’ habitats has led to diseases such as COVID-19, Hendra and Ebola. The 2009 H1N1 epidemic started in pigs. Measles originally came from cattle, and whooping cough from dogs. The professor of communicable disease control at the University of Queensland said of the growth of pathogens that spill over to humans, ‘The most significant driver of emergence is food production.’

The problems are enormous, the solution simple. We need to stop breeding and slaughtering animals.

Mimi Bekhechi, Campaigns Strategist – PETA

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  1. Mimi. I’m agnostic when it comes to Gods, unlike my neighbour who is an atheist. (bit of a wanker) If I was to consider a reason why we are here though, and judgment and stuff, wouldn’t treating other lives fairly be up there? Higher learning, empathy, doing unto others etc. I haven’t eaten anyone for nearly 40 years and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
    As little harm as possible Mimi, you know it. Stay strong.

    • People who get paid big money to work for ‘gain of function’ biolabs to develop bio weapons like covid, are indeed animals!


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