A PUBLIC lecture sponsored by animalwelfare group Voiceless was held in Hobart recently.
Those in attendance were presented with example after example of government and farming industry spin designed to sideline and marginalise people who care about the treatment of animals.
Those with the most money to lose have a lot to gain by portraying compassionate people as radical animal activists or as part of some oddball fringe or even akin to terrorists.
A large percentage of the population supports the humane treatment of animals and it appears the industry’s desire to divide and conquer is far greater than its desire to address the suffering and cruelty happening inside intensive piggeries, battery hen farms and the like.
Hysterical language such as “terrorism” has been used to describe the actions of those simply trying to raise awareness about the dark side of factory farms. These are people who don’t physically hurt anyone and who are certainly not a domestic terrorism threat.
There are no meaningful laws to protect farm animals and, as a result, animals suffer a lot.
The industry’s response is to silence those who try to expose this.
In the US, ag- gag laws criminalise the actions of animal advocates and journalists who expose the suffering of animals on factory farms.
The laws aim to punish those who expose cruelty rather than the perpetrators of it.
Not surprisingly, the public outcry against ag- gag laws in the US has been so great that attempts to prosecute have resulted in charges being dropped altogether.
Voters don’t want to see freedom of speech stifled and they do want to see checks and balances on government powers.
On a happier note, check out an Aussie farmer’s change of heart as he releases his 752 caged hens to feel the warmth of the sunshine, stretch their wings, have a dust bath and scratch around in the soil for the fi rst time in their lives.
Find this moving footage at edgarsmission.org.au or go to YouTube and search “edgarsmission normal and natural”.