MOST people do their bit to give their pets a good life. Some also keep a caring eye on neighbouring pets or farm animals and make animal- friendly choices.
Others get actively involved in campaigns.
These days, it’s not unusual to hear of people gathering footage on their mobile phones at live export loading ports, farms, or wherever they see animals being poorly treated.
This footage helps bring the mistreatment of animals into the fore and calls out perpetrators of cruel practices.
Animal protection organisations have gathered large amounts of footage showing abuse at animal- handling sites.
Most who view this footage couldn’t help but be moved when the gore and brutality that is normally hidden from view is revealed.
Animal advocates – both here and overseas – are having an impact and touching nerves in the farming business.
They are regularly accused of running a vegetarian agenda, but it is meat eaters who have the most to gain from ensuring a safe meat supply.
In the US, agribusiness is pushing for “ag- gag” laws to stop under-cover filming at slaughter houses and on farms.
The laws would force footage of animal abuse to be surrendered to authorities and, if this were not done, the person filming would face jail time.
It begs the question: what is going on that the industry is so worried about the public seeing?
Is it that some farming or handling practices simply can’t be defended and must be kept hidden?
Do industry bodies realise consumers want more information – not less – about where their meat comes from?
Tasmania’s Brightside Farm Sanctuary invites you to meet four courageous voices for animal protection – Lyn White ( Animals Australia), Philip Wollen, ( philanthropist), Bob Brown ( environmentalist) and Alex Cearn ( photographer) at a fundraising gala in Hobart on Saturday. All proceeds go to the animals. For more details or to buy tickets, visit www.brightside.org.au