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Browse this collection of opinion pieces from various global information sources, and gain an insight into how people from all walks of life are thinking about, and acting upon, animal issues.

The views expressed in these opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Animals Australia.


 Bong Su is dead, broken by cramped and impoverished zoo conditions
Bong Su is dead, broken by cramped and impoverished zoo conditions
By PETER STROUD - FORMER SENIOR CURATOR OF MELBOURNE ZOO AND A DIRECTOR OF WERRIBEE ZOO on OCT 17, 2017

The zoo treated the symptoms of Bong Su's problems, but not the causes. Read more

When it comes to meat, the kitchen is a battlefield – and conscience is a casualty
When it comes to meat, the kitchen is a battlefield – and conscience is a casualty
By IAN JACK - THE GUARDIAN on OCT 16, 2017

Once we made pets of chickens. But in the quest for cheap food, we have rendered their fates invisible. Read more

Read this and you may never eat chicken again
On OCT 13, 2017

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year. Read more

 Goodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming
Goodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming
By GEORGE MONBIOT, AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING BOOKS SUCH AS 'FERAL: REWILDING THE LAND, SEA AND HUMAN LIFE' on OCT 5, 2017

The suffering inherent in mass meat production can’t be justified. And as the artificial meat industry grows, the last argument for farming animals has now collapsed. Read more

Why factory farming is not just cruel - but also a threat to all life on the planet
By PHILIP LYMBERY, AUTHOR OF FARMAGEDDON AND THE DEADZONE on OCT 4, 2017

The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth. Read more

 Why farmed animal welfare should be part of the progressive agenda
Why farmed animal welfare should be part of the progressive agenda
By JARED MILRAD, MERCY FOR ANIMALS on SEP 21, 2017

'A clear majority of Americans oppose animal cruelty, and poll after poll shows consumers want food industry retailers to reduce suffering for farmed animals in their supply chains.' Read more

We need to hold animal exporters to account
By ASHLEY FRUNO, PETA AUSTRALIA ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAMPAIGNS on SEP 6, 2017

Despite regular breaches of Australian live-export laws in multiple countries – resulting in the suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals – not one export company has been prosecuted on charges of cruelty to animals. Read more

Looking after pets in emergencies: Why having a plan can be vital
Looking after pets in emergencies: Why having a plan can be vital
By MEL TAYLOR, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY on SEP 6, 2017

If you've been following media coverage of the post-hurricane flooding in Texas during the last couple of weeks, you will have seen many images and accounts of people evacuating with their pets. Read more

Opinion: Australia should ban cage eggs
By KRISTA PRICE on AUG 22, 2017

THE recent fuss over free range eggs is well warranted – how the eggs taste is not the point, rather the conditions under which they are produced. Read more

Never mind CCTV in slaugherhouses, we need to end the meat and dairy industry altogether
By YAS NECATI on AUG 14, 2017

It isn’t just horrific for the animals, producing meat also has a huge effect on the environment and health consequences to humans – even vegans. Read more

Land clearing isn’t just about trees - it’s an animal welfare issue too
By HUGH FINN - LECTURER, CURTIN UNIVERSITY on JUL 5, 2017

Land clearing harms animals in two basic ways. First, they may be killed or injured when native vegetation is removed, typically through the use of earth-moving machinery. Second, the removal of native vegetation puts animals in harm’s way. Read more

Chickens suffer just as Bali’s dogs do
By ASHLEY FRUNO on JUN 20, 2017

AUSTRALIANS are entitled to be angry and disgusted by reports that tourists in Bali are routinely being fed dog meat. Read more

Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’
Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’
By BARACK OBAMA on JUN 7, 2017

The former president addresses the greatest challenges facing the world, and what we can do about them. Read more

Why vegan is the fastest growing food movement in the world
Why vegan is the fastest growing food movement in the world
By MATT PRESTON, DELICIOUS on MAY 28, 2017

As the latest global food trend, plant-based dining is being taken very serious by chefs around the world. Read more

Health Leaders Must Focus on the Threats From Factory Farms
Health Leaders Must Focus on the Threats From Factory Farms
By SCOTT WEATHERS, SOPHIE HERMANNS AND MARK BITTMAN on MAY 21, 2017

This week, the World Health Organization — which works globally to improve human health — will meet in Geneva to select a new director general. We have a mission for that leader: take on factory farms, a major threat to health and the environment. Read more

Why meat eaters should think much more about soil
By JOHN SAUVEN on MAY 17, 2017

If over-grazing continues to cause soil degradation, we won’t be able to feed people in the future. Read more

Dairy is scary. The public are waking up to the darkest part of farming
Dairy is scary. The public are waking up to the darkest part of farming
By CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN on MAR 30, 2017

The photo of calves in cramped pens will shock many, and with so many non-dairy alternatives now, consumers have a choice. Read more

Cruelty for your entertainment and their profit: Don
Cruelty for your entertainment and their profit: Don't buy into it
By JORDAN SOSNOWSKI on FEB 23, 2017

Australia’s two remaining marine parks make money from the suffering of innocent animals. Read more

Ringling Bros. Circus shutdown is a distraction from the real issue: Eating animals
By GARY L. FRANCIONE & ANNA CHARLTON on FEB 3, 2017

Ringling’s owners made a business decision that had nothing to do with what animal advocates said or did. Instead, executives made it clear the shows the circus produced were not viable as a business model. And closing the circus does nothing to change our institutions of animal use – most importantly, the fact that we eat animals. As scholars of animals rights and advocates for veganism as a moral imperative, we do not view it as a victory. Read more

Poultry industry plays chicken with consumers
By MATTHEW PRESCOTT on FEB 1, 2017

The chicken industry seems to have its head buried in the sand. Read more

Free range is a con. There’s no such thing as an ethical egg.
By CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN on JAN 30, 2017

Slapping ‘free range’ on a box of eggs simply hides the catalogue of routine horrors that are allowed under this reassuring banner. Read more


 
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