Wouldn't it be great if animal abusers just brought themselves forward and owned up to what they'd done? Actually, since we're hypothesising, it would be better if animal abuse didn't happen at all! But unfortunately that's not the world we live in...yet (we’re working on it!). And in this world, the most horrific animal abuse happens behind closed doors, far away from the public eye.
Disturbingly, new laws are proposing to help keep it that way – hidden. They want to make it illegal for anyone to film and expose cruelty.
You've probably heard the word "ag-gag" thrown around. Laws to prevent whistle-blowers exposing animal cruelty have already been put in place in some states of the US. And the debate has begun in Australia.
US journalist Will Potter explains better than I can why ag-gag laws are so disturbing:
Cruelty investigations over the last few years have shocked the Australian public. You might have seen the recent footage supplied to Aussie Farms which exposed for the first time EVER what the term "humane" slaughter really means for pigs ... or the story of 'retired' racehorse Nature's Child who was shot and dragged, still alive, to the killing floor at Laverton Knackery ... or the distressing truth about pet shop puppies and the horrific places they are born into ...
If ag-gag laws were in place in Australia, none of this cruelty would have been brought to light. Worrying hey?
A bill to prevent abuse being documented and exposed is currently being debated in South Australia. And it's not just the animals who need to worry in that state! Old people, poor people, disabled people, you, me ... pretty much everyone would be vulnerable under these proposed laws.
Other states are watching closely, with NSW and Victoria also considering ag-gag type legislation. If, like me, you don't want to live in a country where laws protect the abusers rather than the abused, you can take action today by contacting your state MP.
Because of people like you speaking out in the US, many ag-gag bills have been voted down. (Yay!) Your voice will help make sure this disturbing legislation to keep cruelty hidden doesn't take hold here in Australia. Click here to get contact details for your state MP.
I've got some bad news cuzzie. The beached whale iz dead :( And what's worse, the whole ocean is getting dead too.
Poor seagull lost his mate to too much "plistuc". Did you know that at least a million sea birds, and a hundred thousand marine mammals die each year because of plastic pollution? That's no good.
But nineteen year old Boyan Slat has got a plan to make sure no more sea animals die from too much plastic. A few years ago, when diving in Greece, Boyan noticed that there were more plastic bags in the ocean than fish :( "Why don't we just clean it up?" he wondered. So, for a school assignment he came up with a plan to clean all the plastic out of the ocean without harming any animals. Check it out:
How amazing is that? Boyan says that the oceans could clean themselves of plastic in just five years! He's currently crowdfunding to get The Ocean Clean Up project up and running and has nearly reached half his target! You go Boyan.
Meanwhile, we can help protect our oceans and the animals in them by making sure no more plastic gets in the water. You can take action today by pledging to say NO to plastic bags. By choosing to carry reusable bagsyou'll help make the oceans a cleaner and safer place for animals.
Do you have any other good tips for looking after our sea life? Pop 'em in the comments.
When Mr. G was rescued from an animal hoarder and taken in by Animal Place sanctuary in California, it became clear to everyone that he was not a happy goat. Mr. G stopped eating and lay in the corner of his stall for days.
Watch Mr. G's amazing transformation when he is reunited with his best friend Jellybean the donkey:
Nawww. Do you have a best friend? I reckon I'd get pretty sulky if I didn't get to hang out with my bestie anymore, (she's not a donkey but she's still pretty cool). Many animals form strong bonds with others, just like humans. Cows too have best friends; pigs are excellent mothers and sheep make great teachers. Each and every animal has a unique personality and a desire to feel love and be happy :)
Do you have a favourite story about animal love and friendship? I'd love to hear about it :)
I'll admit, sometimes it's hard to tell if a shark is happy or sad. (Well, except for Bruce.) But I can tell you, that a tank is not nearly as much fun as the ocean for any marine animal. Here's 5 reasons to avoid marine parks and aquariums:
1. Because sad seals sucks.
2. Because if we love them we should leave them alone.
5. Because by simply not attending a marine park or aquarium you can help end this cruelty!
These places only exist to "entertain" us. So if we don't go, they can't continue to exist. What's more, it's way cooler to interact with marine animals in their natural habitat. Check out these lucky tourists hanging out with a mother and baby whale :)
Do you know another reason not to attend a marine park or aquarium? Pop it in the comments below.
Assignments can be a drag no doubt but 14 year old Madi found a way to use her school project to create awareness about animals in factory farms :) And for that, she's our latest Activist Challenge winner!
Check out the picture book she made called 'Freedom':
What did you think? It's sad to think of all those animals in cages isn't it? And the one day that they see the outside world is when they're trucked to slaughter :( But it doesn't have to be this way! Which is why this is my favourite page in the story:
There is a happier place for animals. And you can help free them all from cages simply by making kind choices. Watch this 2 minute video to find out how we're going to end factory farming together:
Seems a pretty simple solution to the number 1 cause of animal cruelty today huh? By taking one (or all) of these steps you can start making a massive difference for animals in factory farms:
Watch the reactions of these people as they are faced with how they've been sold cruelty to animals:
Wow. Do you feel like those stunned audience members right now? It's a scary thought isn't it, that marketers can make terrible cruelty sound like a good idea.
Fortunately, as the lady in this video by Compassion in World Farming said, the secret weapon is YOU. You have the power to make conscious choices and not be conned by sneaky marketing. In fact, you have the power to free animals from factory farms for good. Here's how:
There are plenty of ways that you can take a stand against factory farming today:
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