PUBLISHED ON: 30 May 2021
That Four Corners episode, 'A Bloody Business', revealed the shocking results of our first-ever live export investigation in Indonesia, the images from which are forever etched into our national psyche. But we don’t want to talk about live export today.
Today, let’s honour the animals.
Let us reflect with grateful hearts on the extraordinary wave of compassion that swept across our nation. We learned a lot about each other that day ... that kindness truly is the thread that connects us all.
Let us remember a country forever changed... this investigation was credited by the media as lifting the consciousness of the nation when it comes to our treatment of animals.
Animals like dear Tommy ... who stood trembling as his pen mates were slaughtered around him. For many people, coming face to face with him was the first insight they’d ever had into the experience of animals raised and killed for food – their fear, their clear desire not to be harmed.
We still often have people mention Tommy’s name to us and him being the catalyst for change in their lives – from embracing a plant-based diet to joining our community to forging a new career to help make the world a kinder place.
Tommy may have been powerless in that moment, but his legacy is a powerful one.
So, on this the ten-year anniversary of what was a groundbreaking moment for Animals Australia, our nation, and our beloved animals – let’s reflect on that legacy with love, gratitude, hope and optimism.
Optimism that in the words of author Arundhati Roy, “A kinder world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
On a quiet day, so can we.
You can still watch "A Bloody Business" online here.
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