NEWS AND VIEWS
Support for animal liberationists grows
11 May 2009 - The political influence of the animal liberation movement clearly is growing in Australia. It now appears that thoroughbred jumps racing is on the verge of being banned in those states where it remains and the use of whips on horses in all kind of races is to be severely curbed. Next, I expect, will be an effort to stop equestrian events being held over fences for there is really no difference between a steeplechase around a race course and the jumping component of one of those three day events at which Australian equestrians have been so successful at recent Olympic Games.
The Premier plays Nutsy
Wednesday, 6 August 2008 - There must be votes in koala bears.
The Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is doing her best to pretend her Government cares about the cuddly critters with an announcement of measures she says need to be taken to save an estimated 20,000 koalas living in the state's southeast. Dogs may be banned in new housing developments and fences made compulsory around existing houses with dogs kept indoors at night to ensure the safety of the Blinky Bills. Exact details of the rescue plan, which may also include lowering speed limits around koala habitats and building tunnels under major roads so koalas can safely cross, will be worked out by a taskforce including the RSPCA, local councils, developers, conservation groups and koala experts.
Thoroughbred industry should think about mulesing
Monday, 19 May 2008 - The leaders in the Australian thoroughbred industry should perhaps have a chat with the wool industry chiefs who every day seem to have to fight a new battle with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This very clever animal rights group, which is having considerable success in persuading textile manufacturers around the world that the mulesing of sheep is cruel, is now turning its attention to what it sees as the cruelty of horse racing. more
Defence chiefs stop the killing
Tuesday, 1 April 2008 - Mark one up for the animal rights movement. The on again, off again, on again culling of the grey kangaroos on Defence Department land in Canberra is off again. The cease fire was announced on the departmental website just as contractors were preparing to load the deadly sodium pentobarbital into their poison darts. more
Danes with a sense of humour
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 - There is something amusing about those Danes. Here they are today complaining about the cruelty of a little bit of skin cutting on the bum of a sheep while at the same time campaigning for the right to kill whales after torturing them with harpoons. The world is a strange place but for the Australian wool industry this is no laughing matter. more
Eat a whale, save the planet
Tuesday, 4 March 2008 - Defence Department boffins will be scrambling for a copy of the latest edition of the Australian Law Reform Commission's journal Reform which ALRC President, Professor David Weisbrot AM, says is becoming a social and legal issue, as well as an important economic one - the treatment of animals. more
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