Friday, January 08, 2016

Animal cruelty beyond belief

When I was a child, more that once I saw a cat torture a mouse to death. It was not nice. I seem to recall I was horrified at the time, but that is the natural order of things, no matter how unpleasant the viewing may be. We humans are better than that, mostly.

Off the shore of West Australia a ship has broken down, and just relying on memory, the ship has been sitting there for ten days awaiting repair. On board is a thousand or thousands of cattle for live export to Israel and they are dying an awful death. Do you know West Australia has had some terrible bushfires? There has been a loss of a whole town of around 100 houses. It has been killer hot there and that is the temperatures that these animals have been suffering, like 40 degrees, 104F.

These poor mammals, just a little down the evolutionary scale from us, are suffering badly. Yet no matter the colour of the government, the hideous practice of live animal exports is not stopped.

Get Up and Change dot org seem to have not been effective in protest. It may well be time to flood email our Prime Minister.

My blog post won't change anything, but a consensus of opinion about live animal exports will. 


16 comments:

  1. That's awful Andrew, but I disagree that your post won't change anything. xx

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    1. Jac, I am not on the streets protesting, but I do know about politicians and how they operate, media monitoring and that sometimes a small effort can go a long way.

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  2. Do you have an email address for the Prime Minister?

    With the ship just sitting there waiting for repair, why have the cattle not been unloaded for the time being? Knock up a makeshift corral onshore, let them have food and water.
    I also agree live export must be stopped, surely we can kill the animals here in the proper manner required by the eventual recipients? Kosher, Halal, whatever.

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    1. River, a method of contact, https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

      Your suggestion is far too sensible, but that is what should have been at the very least.

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    2. emailed my local MP and asked why these animals are still on board. waiting for a reply.

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    3. River, that is terrific. 'Umm, Mal, we've got a bit of problem in WA. People are getting restless. There could be photos of dying animals. Better sort it out, hey'

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  3. It's beyond shocking Andrew.. maybe we should round up a few live politicians and send them on a trip!
    The fires in the South West are so bad, my heart breaks for the people of Yarloop.

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    1. Grace, the fires are awful and the threat has not ended yet.

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  4. I'm so sick of live animal exports too. They send horses now that way also. It's brutal and so cruel. To have them now sit in that hot ship, why can't we evolve out of barbarianism?

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    1. Strayer, there has been much improvement over the years and at least politicians become very defensive about the matter. It will stop, eventually.

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  5. Change starts from small beginnings. And this is a change which NEEDS to happen. Soon.

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    1. EC, the stone has been chipped to a much smaller size. We must keep at it.

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  6. I remember when they resumed cattle trading with Indonesia,the cattlemen were almost drooling with greed. Then after a ghastly voyage comes the ghastly death at the hands of the Halal butchers. I keep signing the petitions but it doesn't do any good when money is involved.

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    1. Jah Teh, we have a better chance of stopping live animal exports than the US has about gun control. We must keep the pressure on.

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  7. I agree. It should be stopped. If people abroad insist on murdering animals in some kind of ritualistic, religious way, let them raise them themselves.

    It's not like Australia is full of vegetarians. I'm sure there are plenty of locals who will eat the local animals and then the animals won't have to endure transport.

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    1. Dina, the excuse given to us when we complain about poor quality meat or fish, is that the best is exported. It's all about profit, as usual.

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