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White Australia Has A Black History

White Australia Has A Black History

Monday, 5 October 2015

Where does your food come from? Animal cruelty in Australia.



Yesterday was Saint Francis' Day.
On this day we honour creation and bless the animals.
But....
and it is a big but....
have we thought about where our food comes from?

Did you know:
  • Increasing commercialisation and industrialisation of our food chain has led to "Factory Farming"
  • Even people engaged in food production have become separated from the animals which insure their livelihoods
  • Your pets have legal rights.
  • Industrial animals don't.
  • If you eat pork, do you know about sow crates?
  • Are you aware of how cows are milked for mass consumption in the 21st century
  • Do you know what veal is?
  • Most industries in the primary production of our food have industry standards. 
  • In practise, what has occurred is that primary producers negotiate very low standards for their industries.
  • Primary industry is organised so that it is has close relationships with governments.
  • This means close relationships with Agriculture and Primary Industry Ministers, Departments, bureaucrats.
  • This has resulted in a situation wherein if a Primary Producer is taken to Court for cruelty to industrial animals, the Producer can claim that industry standards have been maintained. This is a legal defence to the charges.
  • Your domestic cat, dog, and guinea pig have more rights than this! 
Animal welfare in Australia - Australian Government - Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources
Working with farming industries - RSPCA
Regulation of Animal Welfare in Australia - Steven White - Federal Review
Australian Animal Welfare Law and Cruelty in the Context of Production Animals - 
Australian Law Society

Animals Australia - Animal cruelty
Please go to the link above for many articles on this topic