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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.


Proposed poultry standards leave Australia trailing behind other industrialised countries
By CLIVE PHILLIPS - PROFESSOR OF ANIMAL WELFARE, CENTRE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE AND ETHICS, THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND on DEC 5, 2017

Battery cages will not be phased out of Australia’s chicken farms, according to a draft of industry guidelines released this week. Read more

The grief counselor helping people mourn their pets
By STEPHANIE LAFARGE, FOUNDER AND OPERATOR OF THE ASPCA PET LOSS HOTLINE. on NOV 9, 2017

One of the loneliest types of grief might be that of a person mourning a pet. Seeing an animal pass away, like caring for one who’s sick, can carry a heavy emotional burden -- but because it’s not a human, most people don’t give enough credit to just how devastating it can be. Read more

Tom Elliott on meat industry: We should be ready to face harsh realities
By TOM ELLIOTT - 3AW DRIVE TIME HOST on NOV 9, 2017

Too many meat eaters have no idea how their favourite chops, sausages, steak and roasts are produced. They tuck into succulent meals without fully grasping that animals have died to fill their plate. Read more

The story we didn't hear about Melbourne Cup
On NOV 9, 2017

He wasn't a famous horse. Read more

Big meat and big dairy's climate emissions put Exxon Mobil to shame
By JULIETTE MAJOT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURE AND TRADE POLICY & DEVLIN KUYEK, RESEARCHER AT GRAIN. on NOV 8, 2017

It is time to stop the dairy and meat giants from destroying the climate and shift our support to making our small farmers, herders and ranchers resilient. Read more

Why horse-racing in Australia needs a social licence to operate
By PAUL MCGREEVY & PHIL MCMANUS, PROFESSORS AT UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY on NOV 3, 2017

Like or loathe horse-racing, there’s no avoiding Australia’s spring racing carnival. But the question we are asking is: does the industry need what is called a “social licence” to operate? Read more

Synthetic meats are on their way, and our farmers are going to be left behind
By DR ROSIE BOSWORTH -- A FUTURE OF FOODS STRATEGIST AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST on OCT 24, 2017

‘Fake’ animal proteins are set to disrupt world markets – and much faster than our agriculture industry is anticipating, argues food strategist Dr Rosie Bosworth. Read more

 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


 
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