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What's wrong with eating meat and other animal products?
Animals typically raised for food are no different to our companion animals - have
a great capacity to love, feel joy, pain and suffering. In fact, experts agree that pigs
have greater intelligence than dogs and three-year-old children. Chickens
develop strong bonds with their babies and can visually recognise the faces of over
100 of their friends!
Despite this, annually, over 500 million animals in Australian factory farms are subjected
to practices that would warrant cruelty charges if the victims were dogs or cats. In
factory farms, thinking, feeling animals are considered little more than production units.
Factory farming practices have been developed at minimum cost to the producer, and at
great expense to the animals.
In their final hours, all animals (including ‘free range’), face the stress of cramped
transportation on trucks bound for slaughterhouses. Here they are subjected to
stunning by electrocution or a bolt in the skull, before having their throats slit and
being hung up side down to bleed to death. When mistakes are made, animals can
sometimes endure this whilst conscious.
The average meat-eater consumes around 100 animals every year. That's how many
innocent animals can be spared from cruelty each time someone makes the
decision to shift to a healthy vegetarian diet.
Veganism takes the anti-cruelty stance one-step further, refusing to support
the cruel diary, sheep and chicken farming industries in any way by refraining
from eggs and all dairy products as well as leather and wool products.
To produce milk, dairy cows endure pregnancy and milking at the same time which places enormous demands on their bodies. They frequently suffer mastitis, a painful breast infection that causes immense suffering and also introduces bacteria and somatic (pus) cells to the milk.
Dairy cows produce a calf a year until too exhausted to continue. They are sent to slaughter at about a quarter of their natural life span. Calves are taken away from their mothers as soon as they are born. Mother and calf bellow for each other for days in distress at the forced separation. Male calves are removed from their mothers and killed for veal while still babies; their sisters are reared on a milk substitute away from their mothers to become the next generation of milk producers.
Vegan lifestyles are also a love affair between us and our beautiful, fragile blue planet. Find out why meat and animal products create an environmental disaster to our water, our forests, our air, our oceans and threaten the survival of all life on earth here and here.
What's wrong with product testing and medical research on animals?
Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
- Prof. Charles R. Magel
Animal experimentation and the invasive use of animals for teaching, is
inherently wrong. The use of animals in research and teaching is more
about tradition and history than it is about science.
More than six million animals are used annually in research and teaching
in Australia and New Zealand. Many are subjected to drugs testing, infected
with diseases, poisoned for toxicity testing, brain damaged, maimed, blinded,
and suffer other painful and invasive procedures that cause severe distress
There are already many alternatives to animals
which have been developed, particularly in the
areas of toxicity testing and teaching, but the
failure to use alternatives is too often caused by
a reluctance to deviate from previous methodology.
Animal Active invites contact by students and staff needing advice and support to conscientiously
object to the use of live animals in schools, universities and workplaces. We will investigate and expose
valid whistleblower information of animal cruelty in research and teaching facilities. Whistle blower
information can be lodged anonymously and will be held in strict confidence.
Don't buy products that have been tested on animals. See the list of body care, household and
beauty products that are ‘cruelty free’ here
Only donate to charities which have adopted a ‘no animal testing’ policy. See the list here
Watch Maximum Tolerated Dose, a documentary about modern animal experimentation
What's wrong with wearing fur, leather and wool?
Each year well in excess of 50 million animals suffer and die as victims of the
international fur trade. These include mink, foxes and rabbits, squirrels, badgers,
wallabies, possums, lynxes, coyotes, seals, otters, bears, chinchillas, martens,
bobcats and domestic dogs and cats.
85% of the fur industry's skins come from animals raised in 'battery' cages on fur
farms where they are deprived of any form of quality of life and the ability to
perform their natural and instinctual behaviours before being electrocuted, gassed,
beaten to death, or even skinned alive.
China is the largest fur producer in the world. China also has no laws to protect
animals. Millions of rabbits, foxes, minks, racoons and other animals suffer in the
most extreme ways imaginable on Chinese fur farms and often have their skins
stripped off while still alive.
Buying leather directly contributes to factory farms and slaughterhouses because skin is the most economically important byproduct of the meat industry. The millions of cows and other animals who are killed for their skin endure the horrors of factory farming before their slaughter and processing into meat and leather.
In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the world's merino wool originates, lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure called "mulesing," in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the animals' backsides, often without any painkillers. Shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast work without regard for the welfare of sheep.
Sheep who have served their time in the wool industry are then shipped to the Middle East and Asia on crowded multilevel ships. These live exports, which can last for weeks, go to countries where animal welfare standards are non-existent. The suffering sheep are dragged off the ships, loaded onto trucks, and dragged by their ears and legs to often unregulated slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit while they are still conscious. The claim that sheep need shearing is just that - a myth. If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes.
China produces 90 per cent of the world's angora, and many people are unaware of the cruelty involved. Find out more here (WARNING: distressing images).
Watch more video of undercover China fur farm investigations here
Face the facts about rabbit fur and fur trim
Discover the truth about fur farming in Europe
Watch footage from an undercover Finnish fur farm investigation
Find out more about the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT)
Read more about what's wrong with Leather, Wool, Silk and Down
Learn more about the cruelty of the Live Export Industry