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· Vegan activists take protests to Perth supermarkets
· Fighting for Animal Welfare on the Path Towards Animal Liberation
Vegan activists take protests to Perth supermarkets
Amelia Broun, 7NEWS (Australia)
via Perth Now - July 10, 2019
They’ve targeted farms and slaughterhouses - now vegan activists have taken their latest protest to a Perth supermarket.
Video filmed at Woolworths Melville on Saturday and has drawn a mixture of support and criticism online.
Posted to Facebook with the captions “Welcome to the death aisle” the video shows a woman dressed in a cow onesie approach the meat section of the supermarket.
She slumps to the ground and looks at the meat, appearing to ‘mourn’ it.
The woman then lies on the ground holding a sign saying “You’ve been lied to - Youtube ‘Dominion’”, an animal rights documentary.
Tash Peterson, who posted the video, says she filmed the stunt to raise awareness for their cause and get a message out to consumers.
Premier Mark McGowan was not a fan of the strategy.
“All they do is drive people away from their cause if they disrupt the community in supermarkets or restaurants. Don’t do it,” he said.
Founder of Direct Action Everywhere James Warden faced court last week...
Fighting for Animal Welfare on the Path Towards Animal Liberation
A conversation with Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur.
Aazan Ahmad, Earth Island Journal
July 10, 2019
Gene Baur got his start in animal advocacy more than three decades ago, selling vegan hotdogs in the parking lot of Grateful Dead concerts to raise money for animal rescue operations. In 1986, he made things official when he founded Farm Sanctuary, an organization that rescues farm animals and promotes a plant-based died. As part of his work, Baur — who describes himself as both an animal rights and animal welfare advocate — has set up sanctuaries for former farm animals in both New York and California.
Gene Baur’s work extends beyond rescuing cows, pigs, sheep, and other domesticated animals. He has visited hundreds of farms and slaughterhouses to document conditions there, including the small cages and close quarters that barely give animals space to move. He has led legislative efforts, including a Florida campaign in the early 2000s that resulted in the passage of the first law in the United States to ban gestation crates and to make it mandatory for farm owners to provide their animals enough space to be able to move around.
Farm Sanctuary has also gone to court to fight for animals. In 2001, the group sued the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) over a law that allowed industries to slaughter downed cows — cows that are either extremely ill or too injured to walk — for meat. In 2003, Sanctuary Farm won the lawsuit. The practice is now illegal.
By rescuing farm animals, educating people about them, and advocating for the animals’ rights, Baur hopes to end farm animal cruelty and encourage people to adopt vegan lifestyles. Earth Island Journal spoke with him about his long career, how he copes when he comes face-to-face with animal abuse, and whether he thinks we’ll ever live in a post-meat-eating world.
Was there a specific moment that shaped your view of animals as sentient beings with undeniable rights?
I first had a connection with animals when I was perhaps nine or ten years old and had a very close emotional bond with a cat named Tiger. And so at that time I knew that animals were individuals, with personalities and likes and dislikes. I felt that since I was very young, but I also grew up eating meat without thinking very much about it.
And then in high school and college I began questioning the idea of eating farm animals, and I went vegan in 1985. It was a process for me. I had a connection with Tiger when I was very young, but I was not consistent in my behavior until going vegan in 1985 when I was 23 years old.
Can you briefly describe your ideology about animals’ welfare and animal rights?
Well, when people ask me if I'm an animal rights person or an animal welfare person, I say I'm both. I think that it's important to work on incremental reforms to prevent suffering while we continue working towards the broader goal of animal liberation. Also, when animals are rescued and live at sanctuaries, it could be said that they have “rights,” but they also need to have their welfare taken care of. Sometimes people get in the business of rescuing animals and they're not very good at providing them with good welfare, which we take very seriously at Farm Sanctuary.
Animal rights and welfare I think are both important. I also think that in some cases there's been an unnecessary divisiveness around labeling whether a person is an animal rights person or an animal welfare person. I think these approaches exist on a continuum, and any step towards preventing suffering and raising awareness and moving us towards a vegan world is a step I support.
How are animals cared for at the Farm Sanctuary sanctuaries, and how do conditions at these sanctuaries differ from those on traditional farms?
At Farm Sanctuary the animals are our friends, not our food, and we look after them like many people take care of their cats or dogs or dependent family members. At Farm Sanctuary we provide them with what they need to thrive, which includes spacious pastures and clean barns. If they're injured or sick, they get the best veterinary care possible. They're treated like individuals, and they are also free to express themselves as social animals and to develop relationships with other animals, including people. At farm sanctuary, the animals are allowed to live long, happy lives.
In contrast, on production farms, animals are seen primarily as commodities, and they're commonly denied necessary veterinary attention. They're confined in cages and crates so tightly that in some cases they can't even turn around or move. They're crowded in warehouses by the thousands, and then they're killed at very young ages. Chickens, for example, are usually killed at around six weeks old. So, basically, they live short, miserable lives on factory farms that treat them like inanimate production units. They're denied basic humane consideration, and even though farm owners don’t intend for those animals to live long lives, the conditions are so harsh that hundreds of millions die every year before even reaching the slaughterhouse.
You’ve been involved in undercover investigations to reveal the terrible conditions animals are subjected to in farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses. What was it like to participate in those investigations? ...
Farm Sanctuary worked to get laws passed to protect farm animals in Florida, Arizona, and California. Can you explain what protections these laws provide? ...
Do you believe there will come a time when people stop eating meat completely? If so, do you have any thoughts on when that might be? ...
Do you think that humans are capable of coexisting with other species of animals without disturbing or exploiting them? ...
Some people may have compassion for animals, but have a hard time taking action when they hear about animal suffering. What message do you have for people who may have an interest in this issue, but haven’t taken the next step towards getting involved? ...
What’s next for you? Do you have any new projects planned to promote animal welfare? ...