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Self-defence explained

For those still confused, killing 38,000 unarmed civilians, a third of which were children, would not be self-defence, (however...

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Broken Head Quarry development plan rears its head once again

Long-dormant plans to turn the former Broken Head Quarry site into a residential development have lumbered out of the bush like a bewildered dinosaur.

Wildly Talented Performers

NORPA has announced the cast who will light up the company’s much-anticipated show Wildskin, set to take audiences on a thrilling ride at Lismore Showground in September.

Interview with Nicki Parrott

After three decades of touring and performing in the US, Europe and Japan, acclaimed jazz musician Nicki Parrott is making a triumphant return to her homeland, bringing with her a new album Feelin’ Groovy – that pays homage to the iconic sounds of the sixties and draws inspiration from the carefree lifestyle of her new home in the Byron Shire.

Students fired up for marine protection  

There is something deeply inspiring about a hall full of young humans who are passionate about saving the planet. Tired narratives about apathy and disengagement dissolve as those who are inheriting ecological wounds inflicted by past generations seek solutions and healing.

Can I have more?

Whooo hooo! Byron Bay business community donates $1,360 to BayFM… ‘Please Sir, can I have some more?’ should have...

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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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