There is a claim among animal protection organisations that we can’t ask people go vegan. You know what? I am here to say that you can and you should be telling people to go vegan. And doing it every time you talk to them about who they eat and wear. Here’s why. Not Doing So … Read moreThe Folly Of The Baby Steps Approach.
In what has to be one of the saddest days for the animals I have seen in a long time, fledgling political party, the Animal Justice Party, has succumbed to the same infliction that strikes a majority of so-called micro parties.
Aiming for the famed ‘viral post’ on social media by saying anything that will get clicks/likes/shares.
By attempting the viral post, the powers that be within the Animal Justice Party have shown how little they actually understand the big picture issues.
They have also ensured that nothing they do from now on can or should be taken seriously.
The animal advocacy movement appears to be in the midsts of a flurry of activity. The activity ranges from the extreme, such as 269life style brandings and Gateway To Hell protests, marches to close slaughterhouses, and even so-called direct action campaigns by Direct Action Everywhere (DxE).
With participation in DxE protests appearing to be on the increase, it’s time for the following questions to be asked.
Is it really direct action?
Are these done for the animals or the activists themselves?
Five days ago, the Honorable Mark Pearson MLC, gave his maiden speech to the NSW’s Legislative Council. With people watching streamed footage, and a packed public gallery, this should have been a watershed moment for the plight of other animals.
Never again will the animals have a captive audience where a supposed dedicated advocate of theirs would be able to champion their cause in such an open forum.
For all the talk and rhetoric of both him and the Animal Justice Party being a voice for the voiceless, he failed to mention anything about seeking justice for them, or that one things that could help the animals.
Once again the Race That Stops The Nation,The Melbourne Cup, has been clouded in controversy. This time due to the deaths of two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo, after the race had been run.
And once again, so-called animal ‘protection’ groups are calling for racing to be banned, and/or people to ‘pledge’ not to bet on racing whilst horses die.
All this is fine and dandy for those groups as it will allow them to build on their 15 mins of fame, and in the case of Animals Australia – increase awareness of their ‘brand’.
Though will it really do anything with regards to the way that humans view other animals?
Sadly, I will have to say no.
To begin with, as long as betting on horses is seen as a way of striking it rich, and horse racing is promoted as the sport of kings it will continue to exist.
Mind you having a look at some of the photos of Flemington racetrack AFTER the event, I believe that it should be renamed the sport of slobs. Sadly, that sort of behaviour isn’t only reserved for racing and is more indicative of our collective lack of respect for pretty much everything.
It is a virtual uphill battle to have other animals given equal consideration when even those who supposedly care for them the most still view them as nothing more than an object. Take the following quote by Mick Moroney, the trainer of Araldo.
Nothing could be done to save the horse after scans showed its pastern had been broken in seven places and resembled a “bag of ice”.