Not intending to by judgmental or critical by selecting this blog title, it is just something I have wondered and questioned firstly of myself, in regards to caring for Animals.
I have joined Facebook groups like ‘ban Japan from whaling’ and ‘save the Orangutan – ban palm oil’ as many other Australian’s have, yet I have done very little to raise awareness for our Australian native and live stock animals. Why is that?
You may answer that yes I am hypocritical but that doesn’t make all Australian’s hypocritical too. Of course it is a generalisation but I often wonder why many Australian’s are very sensitive and passionate (including myself) about protecting Fur Seals, Whales, Orangutans, African Elephants etc etc but have given little thought to the way the slaughter is carried out of our own Kangaroos.
Or what about how Australian livestock is exported? Or what about how many of our loved Australian native birds and animals are becoming extinct right now in our generation (Animals Australia has more info about what is going on with our Kangaroos – stuff I didn’t know).
Personally I have felt the need to change and increase my concern for animals in my own background. So with that I decided to email The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP on the subject of the industry’s practice of exporting Australian livestock.
Here is my email:
“To The Hon Tanya Plibersek,
I am writing to you to reconsider the current practices of live export of our Australian live stock.
Tanya I am not a vegetarian however I believe that animals have the right to respect and care while they are alive.
Animal cruelty should be banned for all animals not just the animals we have bonded with like our household pets.
Please understand that even livestock feel the same pain and fear as every other animal we love and already protect.
These animals are giving their lives for our well being, don’t they deserve better than the treatment they are currently receiving?
Thank you for your time to read my letter.
Here is Tanya Plibersek response:
Thank you for writing to me about the live export industry.
It is important to recognise that the live export industry is a major employer in Australia. I share your concerns, however, for the welfare of the animals during their transport, handling and slaughter overseas.
I know that the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Tony Burke MP, is aware that many people share these concerns as I have made representations to Minister Burke in the past about this issue on behalf of constituents in my electorate of Sydney. I have taken this opportunity to also forward your email to the Minister for his information.
Thanks again for taking the time to write to me. I can assure you that I will keep your views in mind in any dealings I have with my colleagues around this important issue in the future.
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Federal Member for Sydney”
In ending I wanted to say that being ‘green’ for me is about a journey of awareness. Being aware of my personal impact on this wonderful world but also being aware of the pain and suffering of life around me. This means kids living on the streets of Sydney, refugees in far away places and the suffering of all animals. Coming from a place of awareness I feel humbled and honoured that I can do my little part to make a change for the better.
** Note or News Flash – Did anyone hear Erin Burnett’s (US anchor on CNBC) outburst about Mr. Rudd being a serial killer due his decision to spend $19 million to cull feral camels in the outback? Personally it just feels hypocritical when Australian’s have been so vocal about banning Japan from Whaling. What do you think?
Thanks for reading. 🙂