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Stopping the Live Animal Trade Overseas

Shock horror! 

Are we really surprised that cattle were being tortured in eleven abattoirs in Indonesia?

Not so long ago we were all shocked and horrified that sheep were being squashed into unbearably close quarters as they were shipped overseas to the Middle East.

We were shocked that at the other end their legs were broken so they could fit more neatly into a car boot from where they could be carried live to their slaughter.

Yes, it is all horrifying. And I’m very glad that at least for the time being or at least until nobody is looking again, we have stopped transport to those abattoirs. However I have heard that it is impossible to ban livestock going to those eleven abattoirs since all livestock is delivered to a central point from where it is distributed. Nevertheless, we have all been assured by the PM that this is the case, and she wouldn’t lie to us, would she?

Whatever the case, give them a couple of months and the situation will undoubtedly return to normal. These days Australia doesn’t have that much  to offer the world by way of exports. We don’t manufacture much and really all that is left are minerals and animals.  So we can’t afford to be too uppity about the way foreigners treat our cows and sheep.

Animals Australia did a marvellous job putting this abomination in the spotlight so give them a donation if you can. I did as it would have cost them a lot of money to put together a sting like this and they are doing great work. http://www.animalsaustralia.org

The implication however, is that these abattoirs are undesirable and horrific, so the rest are fine.

Well I wonder. I would imagine that the very nature of dying when you’re healthy is a horrific thing to face. Don’t tell me that a cow or sheep in any abbattoir doesn’t know what awaits them.

They can smell the fear in the air. They can hear the terrified bellowing of their friends.

I’ve heard that when cows face death they find their friends and huddle together. Just like we would.

I wonder about the public outcry if they saw this video – kangaroo hunters shooting kangaroos for dog meat and for your dinner via Woolworths and Coles; hauling the joey out of the dead mother’s pouch and bashing out its brains on their bumper bars. Incidentally, this is as per the government’s recommendations.

To meet our insatiable demand for poultry, a continuous conga line of over inflated chickens are sent along a conveyor belt and down the shoot where a blade chops off their head.

Now that wouldn’t be a nice way to die either. Recently a poor man who had been called in to do a repair above the conveyor belt, fell and went down the shoot where he was decapitated.

They wouldn’t even stop the machinery for ten minutes while the unfortunate fellow repaired it!

In the West animals are supposed to be stunned before slaughter. However, apparently Halal and Jewish methods of slaughter forbid the stunning of the animals. They have their throats cut and the blood is drained out of their bodies while they are still alive.

And add that to a bit of extra torture prior to their deaths – breaking their legs,  gouging their eyes, beating them – we can all be thanking our lucky stars that we weren’t born as animals.

Read this article on the nasty religious methods of slaughter http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/54850,news-comment,news-politics,after-scientific-proof-of-pain-should-we-ban-islamic-and-jewish-religious-slaughter

The problem is that modern civilisation is incredibly reliant on meat. The average restaurant has a menu that is heavily meat laden. Maybe there is one vegetarian choice if you’re lucky and it’s often just a salad.

And yet recently I saw a documentary about some indigenous New Guineans. They were saying that every two weeks they need to eat some meat and they catch a bat to eat. A bit different to our daily gorging on meat. In the West each of us probably eats half a sheep every month.

If I cook a vegetarian meal for my partner two times in a row,  I hear an awful lot of moaning. My friends tell me the same thing about their husbands.

We are overly reliant on meat as a filler and I’m wondering how dangerous this is for our health and if an excess of meat is behind our soaring rates of bowel cancer. I imagine that due to the nature of our intestinal tracts, there is an awful lot of decaying meat stuck in our systems.

The Western culture does not traditionally offer ranges of vegetarian dishes. For the first eighteen years of my life I ate the same thing every day – a chop and three vegetables. Hardly inspirational.

However, go to Turkey and you’ll get stuffed capsicums and eggplant and the yummiest vegetarian dishes. Similarly, India which has a very high non-meat eating population, has a wonderful range of vegetarian dishes which are absolutely delicious.

If you want to help animals then try to replace at least a couple of meals a week with a vegetarian option. Buy a good vegetarian cookbook and you’ll see there are  some delicious dishes. Personally, I love vegie burgers.

Try this recipe as it is really terrific.



1 medium carrot, grated

i small zucchini, grated

1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 egg, lightly beaten 

2 x 300 gm cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3 teaspoons ground cumin

plain flour to coat patties

oil for shallow frying

lettuce leaves; Turkish bread rounds; 1 Lebanese cucumber, 1 sliced avocado and mild sweet chilli sauce to serve

1) Squeeze excess liquid from grated carrot and zucchini. Process carrot, zucchini, coriander, garlic, egg, chickpeas and cumin in a food processor until almost smooth.

2) Divide mixture into four portions; shape into patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Coat patties with flour and shallow fry in hot until browned on both sides.

3) Divide lettuce leaves over split bread rounds; top with patties, cucumber and avocado. Drizzle with chilli sauce.

P.S. I buy organic eggs as caged hens also suffer unbearable torture being stuck in a cage for their whole lives and forced to lay eggs under hot lights. I don’t trust the ‘free range’ label on boxes either as I understand that their would not be enough free range hens in the whole of Australia to keep up with demand. Furthermore, those that are ‘free range’ are hardly ‘free’. They are squashed in a shed with thousands of other hens and never see a blade of grass.  In fact, because it is necessary to eat green grass to get yellow yokes, they have a colouring added to their food so  that their yokes turn yellow.


Chop up an onion, a stalk of celery and thinly slice a sweet potato. Stir fry and add mirin and soy sauce to taste.  When the sweet potato is cooked, add brown lentils which have been soaked and boiled till they are cooked. Mix well and add an egg to bind.

Make into patties and serve as in the previous recipe.

This is a fantastic recipe although quite messy to eat!!!

Another organisation that does wonderful work drawing attention to the plight of farm animals is Voiceless.  Go to their website to see what they are up to http://www.voiceless.org.au/

I also support the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, New  York, USA. which rescues abused farm animals http://casanctuary.org/

P.S. Bob Katter was quoted regarding the Live Meat Trade with Indonesia forWednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald. He said ‘A people without land will look for a land without people.” Hmm, do you think you’d like to be invaded by Indonesia now you’ve seen what they do to our livestock? I don’t think so!


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Pigs to Ewe!

If mankind disappeared today

What would all the animals say?

Birds, koalas and even bees,

Would sing with joy – they’d now have trees!

Tigers, elephants, all kinds of bear,

Could now roam free- without a care.

Their rivers would run unpolluted

Man and Earth are so unsuited!

That poem is my catchcry. I want to hear something cheerful but it’s not often that you get to read some really good news about the treatment of farm animals is it?

So it is with great joy I read that in July, Jan Cameron, the founder of the clothing store Kathmandu, pledged $5 million to establish the Animal Justice Fund. The fund will pay up to $30,000 for successful prosecutions of cruelty relating to farm animals. The fund will also finance legal action.

It is also cheering to hear that a body called the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel exists.  This comprises a group of more than 100 Victorian and New South Wales barristers who offer their services gratis.  In 1997 Tracy-Lynne Geysen started BLEATS, Autralia’s first animal law practice. BLEATS can call on more than 150 lawyers providing pro bono services for animal welfare cases.

A lot of consumers are disgusted by hens being held in tiny, permanently lit cages till their claws become twisted and their feathers fall out. It worries us that most hens for eating live for only forty days and yet they weigh over one kilo when slaughtered.We are disturbed by sows being kept in stalls (https://roslynmotter.com/2010/05/04/happy-mothers-day-but-not-for-pigs/). We abhore the thought of live sheep being transported to foreign lands where they have been known (if they actually arrive alive) to have been purchased and then promptly deposited in the boot of a car. And so it goes on…animals in zoos and circuses, animals used in research… there is no joy in being a captive animal unless it is as a fluffy cat or doggy held by a doting owner.

When we read about research such as  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100727201515.htm which recounts a recent experiment which proved that pigs are capable of complex emotions, it is even harder to bear the thought of their suffering at our hands.

A hen's dream!

 It’s also not much fun being an animal in the wild as there seems to be either endless hunters trying to take a pot shot at them for fun or profit; or no end of farmers, developers and other greedy parties chopping away at their forests and jungles.

However, things are slowly changing.

Following a vigorous campaign by the RSPCA and other animals groups against sows in stalls, Coles said it would not buy pork from producers using sow stalls from 2014. And Tasmania has announced that from 2014 sows would not be able to spend more than six weeks in a stall at any one time. Furthermore, the stalls would be banned from 2017. I don’t know why these dates are so far in the future but at least there’s hope.

Furthermore, now Section 52 of the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act can be used against food producers who falsely claim that their animals are being well looked after. With this section of the Act and the monies provided by Jan Cameron, there is a much greater chance of obtaining successful prosecutions than previously. This is because powerful and well funded industry groups (and it seems the government),  have supported the primary producers and helped them to fight against meddling do gooders. In the past no one except the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League has been able to initiate action under the NSW’s Prevention for Cruelty to Animals Act unless they had permission from the minister or director-general of the Department of Primary Industries. 

Another inspiration in the field of animal rights are Ondine and Brian Sherman, the founders of Voiceless.  In the space of 5 years, Voiceless has become renowned as one of Australia’s leading, influential and cutting-edge animal protection groups.

Photo of the Shermans and Hugo Weaving from Voiceless

Voiceless is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote respect and compassion for animals.

According to http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200507/s1415933.htm Voiceless says its approach is “mainstream”: they use a grants program to support the work of existing animal protection organisations, they have a legal arm which works on public policy and law and they have an educational arm which promotes compassion for animals to school-aged children.

“At Voiceless we don’t do raids, we don’t support any illegal activities,” Ondine said. “We are taking a very mainstream and inclusive approach.

“[We need to be] able to put out a very professional image so we can talk to the corporate sector, we can talk to the industry, we can attract people that perhaps aren’t as comfortable being associated with the more protesting style.”

Now these actions are occurring in Australia but don’t forget the great work done by Sir Roger Moore in the UK who managed to get Selfridges to agree to stop selling pate foie gras.

So animals still have a way to go before they can jump for joy but they can feel heartened that many people do really care about their rights. I suppose animals won’t feel totally comforted until they hear that everyone is going vegetarian.


It seems that the BP oil disaster is a disaster in more ways than one. If it isn’t bad enough that native animals are losing their lives after ingesting gallons of oil, the pets in the region are also suffering.

Since most people in the region make their income in one way or another from the Gulf, the economic impact has meant that as locals lose their jobs they can’t afford to feed themselves, neverlone a pet. So record numbers of pets have been given in to animal shelters.

So if you can, please donate to the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St Bernard who are looking after many of these animals – http://sbpanimal.homestead.com/

Just this Wednesday 100 dogs were loaded up in a truck headed to a shelter in Madison, N.J. The Louisiana SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Association have teamed up for this big transport. The animals are from various shelters around the area including St. Bernard Parish and Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society. So you might also like to donate to these charities.

For more information on this disaster for animals see –




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