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·         Canada: Rally held as activist charged in pig farm break-in appears in court

·         Australia: Self-described ‘vegan soldier’ clashes with police after storming pig farm with ‘army’ of protesters

·         AU: Opinion: Here's why well-intentioned vegan protesters are getting it wrong



Rally held as activist charged in pig farm break-in appears in court


Gerry Dewan, CTV London (Canada)

April 10, 2019


A court appearance for a cause - a Toronto animal rights activist who entered a Lucan-area pig farm was joined by supporters at the London courthouse Wednesday morning.


Prior to her scheduled 9:30 a.m. court appearance, Jenny McQueen and about two dozen supporters gathered on the steps of the courthouse chanting, "Compassion is not a crime."


In March of last year, McQueen entered the Adare Pork breeding facility north of Lucan, recording and posting online what she describes as cruel conditions.


"There's about 3,000 mother pigs and their whole lives are in cages."


McQueen was charged by the OPP with break and enter and mischief over $5,000; after she allegedly took one of the piglets.


McQueen believes people should know what animals are subjected to in order to fill grocery store shelves, "The bacon, the ham, the pork the public are receiving from these places - if they could see the conditions they would be horrified."


McQueen is with an organization called Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, and they have taken their protests into IGA stores that sell pork products source from Adare.


A number of the members travelled from Toronto for McQueen's court appearance, including DxE organizer Salma Oomer.


“We need to stand together so we can share with the world what is happening,” Oomer says.


DxE members were live streaming events surrounding McQueen’s court appearance...


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Self-described ‘vegan soldier’ clashes with police after storming pig farm with ‘army’ of protesters



April 10, 2019


A self proclaimed ‘vegan soldier’ and an army of fellow animal activists have been arrested after they stormed a piggery farm and chained themselves to animal pens in a desperate attempt to to save the pigs.


Animal liberation activist Alix Livingstone filmed a series of videos from the early morning invasion of the Australian Food Group piggery at Laverton North in Melbourne’s west on Monday, where protesters used chains and pipe to tie themselves to the pig pens.


The latest video posted to her Alix the Vegan Facebook page is of the arrival of police and the hour long saga to remove protesters from the site. 


The incident was part of a nationwide animal rights protest to mark the one-year anniversary of the anti-farming film Dominion, which used drones and hidden cameras to film inside farms to show how animals are treated during the production process.


‘They’ve started coming in and saying they’re going to cut the pipe off people’s arms and break the chains and we’re all getting arrested,’ Livingston says at the start of the 76 minute video.


Livingstone kept the cameras rolling ‘just in case anything not good happens’ as police gave protesters time to free themselves at their own accord.


Police eventually intervened with the forced removal of the protesters from the premises.


Livingstone claims the farm refused their request for a pig to be released in their care and urged Facebook viewers to ring the Australian Food Group piggery to demand they release a pig to the protesters.


‘Go for your life, go for gold,’ she encouraged.


Livingstone films herself looking distraught later in the video as she realises they’re unable to save any of the pigs.


‘All the pigs inside, they’re all going to die now,’ she tearfully states.


‘They’re all going into the gas chamber. If you buy their bodies and if you buy animal products, their blood is on your hands.’


A Victoria Police statement said 14 protesters are expected to be charged on summons for trespass related offences from Monday’s protest at Laverton North.


No charges had been laid as of Monday night...





Opinion: Here's why well-intentioned vegan protesters are getting it wrong


by Tani Khara, University of Technology, Sydney

via Medical Xpress - April 10, 2019


Protests from animal-rights activists around the country have drawn a swift national backlash. The Prime Minister has condemned the animal-rights protesters as "shameful," "un-Australian" and, memorably, "green-collar criminals."


It's clear the protesters have touched a nerve, attracting derisive comments from both social media and mainstream outlets. While public inconvenience and disrupting understandably creates annoyance, this does not necessarily explain the strong reaction from Australians.


It is worth looking at other factors which may have also prompted negativity towards the protests, and why questions about our meat consumption can feel particularly uncomfortable.


The meat paradox


Its clear from the widespread reaction to abuse in the live export industry that many Australians value animal welfare. Millions of Australian households also include much-loved pets, and less-cruel farm products like free-range eggs are growing in popularity.


At the same time, Australians eat vast amounts of meat. It is also clear that, whatever one's views towards farming, it is very hard to guarantee the meat on one's plate was killed in a "humane" manner.


The contradiction between enjoying meat but disliking the harm done to animals to produce it is called the "meat paradox".


One way of reducing this dissonance is mentally disengaging from the origins of meat. If animals are not assigned a moral status, then slaughtering them no longer becomes a moral dilemma, and eating meat, therefore, is not morally problematic.


Another way we cope with simultaneously liking (or loving) some animals but eating others is to create categories. That is, cows, sheep and pigs are for eating but dogs, cats and horses are not. In this mental map, farm animals tend to be viewed as commodities rather than individual sentient beings.


We are also far more likely to feel empathy towards species we're familiar with and can relate to. Pets have an advantage here, as they are often selectively bred for expressive affection towards people.


Shock gets attention, not action ...


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