Open Letter To ALL Animal Justice Party Candidates

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This is an open letter to all the candidates of the Animal Justice Party for the House of Representatives, and the Senate.

Dear candidates,

Please allow me to introduce myself.

I am an eligible voter at the coming election.

I care about the plight of other animals.

I understand the complexities of animal rights.

I am also vegan.

This means, according to Facebook, my only option is to vote for you on July 2.

This is why I am writing this letter to you.

I feel there are a few questions need answering.

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Duck Shooting. Sport or Slaughter

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It’s that time of year again where shooters and animal advocates are in the midst of a war of words over the start of this year’s duck shooting season.

Animal advocates call duck shooting, “duck killing” and “slaughter”¬†while the shooters themselves call it a “sport”, “legitimate practice” and “recreational pastime or activity”.

Both sides are intent on demonising the other, branding them with labels like “barbarian”, “bloodthirsty”, “out of touch” and “ignorant”

If we put emotion and rhetoric aside, it is a clear-cut case of one side is right while the other is wrong, or are the lines blurred a little?

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Johnny Depp, Barnaby Joyce, Privilege And Speciesism

Johnny Depp with one of his dogs. Source Pinterest
Johnny Depp with one of his dogs. Source Pinterest

Who would have thought that a seemingly innocent question asked during a doorstop interview with an agriculture minister about a local issue would result in overwhelming media attention, both locally and internationally.

Yet, this is exactly what happened when Australia’s Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, was asked for a comment on the breach of quarantine by Johnny Depp’s dogs, Boo and Pistol.

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When Industry Representatives Mislead

Holly. A wonderful soul whose life was cut drastically short due to the speciesist belief that pigs should be used for food.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Australian Farm Institute Executive Director Mick Keogh.

First, he published his thoughts about speciesism and attempted to refute Katrina Fox’s piece on the subject that appeared on The Drum

Then he directed another opinion piece at the recent decision by the ACT parliament to ban intensive farmed products. If he had have done a little bit more research on it, he could have really hit the mark. Except by trying to look like he knew what he was talking about with a few pretty graphs, he embarrassingly missed the target.

His latest piece is about how advocates of the coming meat free week are preaching a misleading message where he once again misses the mark.

Whilst it is understandable that Mr Keogh needs to be out there fighting the good fight for his members, I personally believe he needs to stop for a minute and think about at whose expense his comments are made.

For example, whilst Mr Keogh is happy to stick it to those uneducated misguided anti-meat people he is doing at the expense of Australian fruit and veg farmers. Remember that once we stop consuming animal products, we usually increase the amount of other produce that we eat.

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What To Do About Rodeos

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Over recent weeks rodeos have made the news and been brought to the public’s attention, due to the injury sustained to a bull called Buckle Up at a rodeo in Warwick.

This allowed groups such as Animals Australia and the RSCPA to renew their call for rodeos to be banned, though they seem to be no closer to actually achieving this.

So, what can we do about rodeos, and will it be possible to get them stopped?

I do believe that they can be, though it will be a long tough, possibly mundane campaign where a majority of the work will be done behind the scenes, with very few, if any, opportunities for activists to be photographed holding placards or at protest rallies.

The following is written with a Queensland focus, as this is there area where I live, and I am familiar with the way things operate here, though I am sure that most of it would be similar to things that could be done in other states.

There are three ways to legally stop rodeos in Queensland;
1) Legislate against them
2) Reduce interest/demand for them
3) Make them no longer financially viable.

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