If we remain silent, who will speak up for us?

The latest raid by the FBI on the home of Peter Young should serve as a wakeup call to every vegan activist worldwide.  Regardless of whether you agree with what he did in the past or any of the allegiances that he may have, the execution of the warrant could potentially open the doors for similar harassment of others in the future.

The fact that a judge signed off on the warrant that included the terms ‘go vegan’ and ‘straightedge’ is of a great concern to all, as these are almost daily used words by most vegans.

In these days of governments being all touchy feely about things relating to homeland security and terryrism, things just seem to be going overboard.

The time has come for every vegan blogger, Facebook page creator and so on to start cross-posting and sharing links about everything that happens to a group or individual in the name of veganism and Animal Rights.  It is irrelevant whether you agree with whatever tactics are used, the fact of the matter is that whatever happens to them will soon happen to the rest of us.

It reminds me of the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller, which I have paraphrased below.

THEY CAME FIRST for the ALF activist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t an ALF activist.
THEN THEY CAME for the MDA Activist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t an MDA Activist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Abolitionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t an Abolitionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.

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Teys Brothers Slaughterhouses

According to their About Us page;Teys is the largest Australian-owned and second-largest beef processing company in Australia, processing one million cattle and turning over more than $AUD1.2B per annum. Teys comprises four modern beef processing facilities, a 30,000-head feedlot, a tannery, wholesaling divisions, and a value-added facility. It amazes me that they have changed the … Read moreTeys Brothers Slaughterhouses

A random day in Brisbane

I originally sat down and wrote a blog post about Animal Liberation V’s Vegan Education from a neutral perspective, to give the reader an opportunity to make up their own mind.  Except, by the time that I had finished it neither position came out a clear winner to me.  I had managed to make a pretty convincing argument for both sides.

As I was sitting at a train station going over what I had written making the odd correction here and there, a fully laden cattle train rolled on by, heading for the Dinmore slaughterhouse.

Looking at all the sad and confused faces on the cattle that went by, and whilst we humans may think that they have no idea where they are going, you can see it in their eyes. They know that where they are going, can’t be a good place.  They were wet and probably cold because today was a wet and cold day in Brisbane, and there is no shelter from anything once they are loaded on to the cattle wagon.

It was a depressing and emotional thing to see the first wagon full of sentient beings looking out at you as they went past.  They are looking for someone that can explain to them what they did that was so wrong to deserve being treated like this.

Then the second wagon rolls by and all the eyes looking out at you between the horizontal bars have that look, that for those of us that have an affinity for animals is just too painful to bear, and it just reaches down into your soul.  The eyes were the same on the third, then the forth and every other wagon after that.

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Have you been licked by a bull?

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time on the property where the Charlie’s Angels Horse Rescue charity is located.

While I was there, I found out that approval has been given to a slaughterhouse in WA to kill horses for human consumption in Australia. Horses have been killed for human consumption in this country for years, though they are usually for the export market to countries in Europe and Asia.

Looking at this from a vegan perspective this doesn’t surprise me. Really, it was only a matter of time considering all the other animals that are killed for food.

And on a side note, I think it is amusing to see all the people puffing their chests with false nationalistic pride, waving the Australian flag around. Yet do nothing about the slaughter for human consumption of the iconic Australian animals, the Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile.

Though what is even stranger is that we should remember that Australia is a nation that for generations has a proud heritage of horsemanship. From Banjo Patterson’s The man from Snowy River to the legend of The charge of the Light Brigade and in modern times the story of Gendarme and Alex Tassell from the Victorian Police Force.

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And I am back…

Once again it has been quite a while since I posted something on here, and I thought it was time for another one.  Plus I have a few things to rant about.  After all, isn’t that what blogs are for?  🙂

So lets get started…

It would seem that the people over at the ‘forum that shall remain nameless’ are continuing on their pro-welfarism quest. Now I can’t call their rants ‘anti-abolitionist’ because in her humble opinion, a regular contributor to the forum has decided that all vegans are abolitionist, even though she isn’t vegan herself.

This is strange, because if all vegans want to see an end to animal use, why don’t they just say that? Instead they bring out all sorts of reasons why they promote welfarism and vegetarianism, none of which seem to be valid.

The main one they seem to trumpet a lot is the ‘at least we are doing something…‘. Yes, I do agree they are doing something, and that is furthering the speciesist attitudes of society. This may give them a sense of achievement with their shallow victory, such as increased cage size for layer hens, or the more people choosing ‘happy meat’. Yet it does nothing to get people to question why they are using animal products in the first place, or that we are talking about Animal Rights here. Which is the rights of ALL sentient beings not to be exploited, used/abused or treated as property.

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