Re: [aapn] please read and cross post, very well written by DawnWatch!!
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PRAANI MITHRAAN (Trust for Animal Welfare and Protection)
Please read this very good e-mail from Karen Dawn from DawnWatch!!
The vast majority of my subscribers are American, but I wanted to make sure
all animal advocates know of a controversy making front page news in
Australia and being covered by numerous papers internationally, though not
in the US. Australia exports live animals to countries with religious
slaughter laws that preclude slaughter in Australia before export. Therefore
approximately seven million animals bred in Australia are killed each year
via methods banned in Australia on grounds of cruelty. Further, the animals,
packed into sweltering ships, suffer terribly on the journey to their
deaths. The controversy has been brought to a head as a shipload of 53,000
sheep (4,000 already having died), rejected by Saudi Arabia as disease
ridden, has remained at sea since August 5th.
The front page of Melbourne's The Age, on Saturday, September 26, explains:
"The passengers on the ship adrift in the Gulf, the Cormo Express, were
always going to be lambs to the slaughter. But their fate became uncertain
and protracted when authorities at their destination in Saudi Arabia refused
to accept the shipment, saying too many sheep were diseased (a claim the
ship's owners and vets deny). More importantly for Australia, the confusion
about the fate of the ship's 53,000 survivors, whose slaughter might now
take place in an Iraqi abattoir, has lifted the lid on a reality that many
Australians have found distasteful: that the prosperity of many farms and
the rural communities behind them ultimately relies on a practice that is
banned in Australia on the grounds of cruelty.
"More than six million sheep and nearly a million cattle are exported from
Australia each year. About 99 per cent of them go to Muslim countries whose
interpretation of religious law means the animals will be killed by having
their throats cut to allow them to bleed to death. It means they remain
almost fully conscious for between 10 and 30 seconds, before losing
consciousness and ultimately dying."
That front page story, headed "Lambs to the Slaughter" can be read on the
The Sunday, September 28 paper carries a wonderful op-ed by Terry Lane
headed, "This live trade must stop."
Lane comes down hard on religious beliefs that lead to animal cruelty:
"We do not bend our rules against cruelty to animals to accommodate the
superstitions of others. Religion has a lot to answer for, and the suffering
of animals is just one more item in its catalogue of cruelties. But ours is
a secular nation and we must live by reason and compassion and be
indifferent to special pleadings of the true believers."
His final lines, after a brief look at history, are a delight:
"Even at times when the darkest deeds were being committed there was always
someone who knew better. If it were not so the whole wobbly process of
civilisation would grind to a halt. We depend utterly on the few who know
better to keep us moving forward.
"This week the few who know better are the Portland animal rights protesters
and the RSPCA. They are the John Browns of our times."
You can read that piece on line at:
Here are links to other recent coverage in The Age:
The Weekend Australian, Saturday, September 27 also has the story:
And you'll find lots of information on the Live Animal Trade at the Animal
Liberation NSW website:
You can read eye-witness accounts on the Animals Australia website at:
The front page story and wonderful op-ed in Melbourne's The Age call for
appreciative letters to the editor. I hope all Aussie activists will write.
Letters from representatives of animal rights and humane organizations in
other countries would also be great.
The Age takes letters at: letters@...
You may also want to respond to the national paper, The Weekend Australian.
The paper takes letters at:
Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when
sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be
Yours and the animals',
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