a pig = a pig & cannot fly! Really? Watch this please!


Animals Australia - Make it Possible

For a kinder world.

Dear Animal-Friend
I know that you and every other Animals Australia supporter are with us all the way in the fight to free animals from cruelty. But in the last 48 hours your compassion and generosity on behalf of these animals has left me overwhelmed and humbled.
Let me fill you in on what has just happened…
Earlier this week you will recall the National Farmers‘ Federation mounted an ugly political assault on Coles for supporting our campaign to end factory farming when Make it Possible bags appeared in Coles stores. We stepped in and ended the attack, knowing that we could do more for animals by redirecting our energy.
We asked for your help to achieve the one thing the farming lobby was trying to stop — exposing the cruelty suffered by animals in factory farms.
And you have outdone yourself.
Outrage turned into action as thousands of caring people chipped in to get the Make it Possible ad back on TV. Our website nearly crashed under a tidal wave of support. If yours was one of the kind donations that couldn’t be processed at this time, please, please try again.

Watch the TV ad 

Together we have already raised enough funds to broadcast Make it Possible during MasterChef in Sydney and Melbourne on Monday night! Usually this type of advertising is reserved for the most powerful corporations. But on Monday we are taking over tv screens on behalf of every voiceless battery hen; every distressed mother pig; and on behalf of each and every factory farmed animal who deserves a life worth living.
Every single dollar donated is helping to get this life-changing ad airing right across the country. There’s still time to make your donation to give an abused animal a voice.
This week the farming lobby fought hard to shut down an initiative aiming to raise awareness about factory farming. But their bully tactics backfired and instead resulted in nation-wide media — with more people now talking about factory farming than we could ever have hoped for.
This is one cause, and one little pig, that won’t be tied down.
Thank you for helping her fly!

Lyn Lyn Lyn White Campaign Director

P.S. I thought you’d like to know that Coles reports that its customers were jumping at the opportunity to support Make it Possible. One third of all bags sold out in just a day! We’ve put our own Make it Possible bags on special, with free postage. So you can buy yours online and take it to Coles the next time you shop 🙂
P.P.S. If you have already donated towards the Make it Possible TV ad — thank you so very much! Please consider sharing this important message with caring friends and family.

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Halve Meat Consumption, Scientist urge rich World


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/18/halve-meat-consumption
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Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world

UN study says horsemeat scandal exposed dark side of cheap meat and shows how farming practices destroy natural world

Beef carcasses at a wholesale meat market in Paris

Beef carcasses at a wholesale meat market in Paris. The quest for ever cheaper meat has ‚caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health‚, a UN report says. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

People in the rich world should become „demitarians“ –  eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world.

They said the horsemeat scandal had uncovered the dark side of our lust for meat, which has fuelled a trade in undocumented livestock and mislabelled cheap ready meals. „There is a food chain risk,“ said Prof Mark Sutton, who coined the term demitarian and is lead author of a UN Environment Programme (Unep) study published on Monday. „Now is a good time to talk to people about this.“

The quest for ever cheaper meat in the past few decades – most people even in rich countries ate significantly less meat one and two generations ago – has resulted in a massive expansion of intensively farmed livestock. This has diverted vast quantities of grain from human to animal consumption, requiring intensive use of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides and, according to the Unep report, „caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health“. The run-off from these chemicals is creating dead zones in the seas, causing toxic algal blooms and killing fish, while some are threatening bees, amphibians and sensitive ecosystems. „The attention this meat scare has drawn [highlights] poor quality meat. It shows society must think about livestock and food choices much more, for the environment and health,“ said Sutton.

The answer, Sutton said, was more vegetables on the plate, and less animal protein. „Eat meat, but less often – make it special,“ he urged. „Portion size is key. Many portions are too big, more than you want to eat. Think about a change of culture that says, ‚I like the taste, but I don’t need so much of it.'“

By filling plates with vegetables as well as the meat, people will be better nourished. „Most people don’t notice,“ he said, citing a recent UN event at which the chef used a third the amount of meat, more vegetables to make up for it, and more than 90% of guests were just as satisfied.

Sutton was speaking about the rich west, the US and Europe in particular. He wants the change in diet to be pioneered in Europe, as the US will be a tougher nut to crack. The UN scientists said people in poor countries should be allowed to increase their consumption of animal protein, which billions of people are lacking. But if that is so as not to cause environmental harm, the move to meat in the developing world must be balanced with a reduction in the amount consumed in developed countries.

Chicken and pork are likely to be the meats that cause less environmental damage in relative terms, though standards of welfare and the circumstances in which livestock are raised can make a big difference. „Chicken is one of the most efficient [meats] as it grows very quickly and you can collect the manure,“ said Sutton. Meat production accounts for 80% of the nitrogen and phosphorus used in farming, according to the Unep report, entitled Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution. These nutrients are produced at great expense globally, but most of them end up wasted through the animals‘ manure. In some areas of the world, the nutrients are in short supply, resulting in lower crop yields.

Unep warned: „Unless action is taken, increases in pollution and per capita consumption of energy and animal products will exacerbate nutrient losses, pollution levels and land degradation, further threatening the quality of our water, air and soils, affecting climate and biodiversity.“

The report also set out a variety of measures by which farming could be made more environmentally friendly, from simple steps such as storing fertilisers more securely and using them more sparingly, and capturing greenhouse gas emissions from their production. Nitrogen use could be cut by 20m tonnes by 2020, saving £110bn a year. Reusing waste, such as manure, and treating sewage using modern methods would also save hundreds of billions. ….

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Such a heavy burden: Slaughterhouses


CCTV in slaughterhouses

Animal Aid monthly e-news

March 2013

It’s not too late to get active this Veggie Month

 

 

pig about to be stunned with electric tongs The horse meat scandal; the deaths of slaughterhouse workers; the theft of firearms; and – of course – the widespread and shocking cruelty inflicted on animals. All this shows that slaughterhouses cannot be trusted to abide by the law. And still the government claims that slaughterhouses are ‚best placed‘ to monitor themselves. Independently monitored CCTV won’t stop the cruelty but it will help vets to regulate better, and it will help convict those who are caught on film abusing animals.

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Helsinki: Animal Rights Activists Carry Dead Pigs to Protest


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Animal rights activists carry dead pigs in downtown Helsinki protest

Central Union of Agricultural Producers disapproved of the demonstration

Animal rights activists carry dead pigs in downtown Helsinki protest
The Oikeutta Eläimille (”Justice for Animals”) organisation staged a protest on Wednesday afternoon, displaying carcasses of piglets at The Three Smiths’ statue in downtown Helsinki.
      ”These piglets less than four weeks of age weigh a couple of kilos. They were dumped by a pig farm after they had died”, reported Anne Nieminen, the information officer of the organisation.
      ”We planned to hold a protest before Christmas, as we wanted to remind people of the fact that behind every ham on the table there is a pig that has been suffering in a piggery and died as a result of that”, she said.
     
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) characterised the stunt as an insult to both the producers and consumers of pigs.
      The Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA also delpored the incident on health grounds.
     
Five owners of pig farms have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling by the Salo District Court last week, according to which a group of animal activists who had shot videotape showing poor conditions at a pig farm was acquitted of all charges of aggravated defamation.
      The prosecutor has also expressed discontent with the decision.
      The main defendant was given a 20-day suspended sentence for disturbing the public peace, but all other charges were rejected.
      The court also rejected the pig farmers’ demands for more than EUR 150,000 in monetary restitution.