Living a cruelty-free lifestyle

So much suffering and barbarism nightly on the news. The innocent being murdered in the name of war. Children starving and dying of thirst.

Meanwhile more food and water is fed to the animals we eat than to the 1.3 billion starving people in the world. The world’s cattle alone consume enough food to feed 8.7 billion people – more than the entire human population. It takes 7kg of grain to roduce 1kg of beef. It takes between 50,000 and 100,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef.

The world desperately needs Compassion and Connection for People * Planet * Animals. Make your connection … choose a cruelty-free lifestyle.

There is a distinct connection between cruelty towards animals and towards humans. Statistically many adults who violently abuse humans began in childhood by abusing animals. As violence towards animals, through increasingly cruel animal food production method worsens, the ramifications for future generations are dire.

This year nearly 5 million pigs, 8 million cows and roughly half a billion birds will be killed for their flesh in Australia. They are sensitive animals whose lives are often filled with fear and misery from the moment of their birth to their violent death at an abattoir. Animals are severely abused in abattoirs and on massive factory farms where they are denied the opportunity to engage in even their most basic natural behaviour.

Cows used for dairy products are routinely impregnated in order to keep their milk flowing for human consumption. Torn away from their mothers within hours of birth, male calves are kept for up to five days with their food restricted before being forced onto trucks for a frightening journey to slaughter.

Most pigs are confined to sheds for their entire lives, and mother pigs are often confined to crates that are so small that they are unable to turn around or interact with their babies. These crates are banned in the UK, Sweden and other countries yet are legal in Australia. Chickens and turkeys are crammed into huge windowless sheds by the tens of thousands, and egg-laying hens are packed so tightly into battery cages that they are unable to stretch their wings. Such cages have been banned or are being phased out in most EU member countries yet they are still used in Australia.

Farming causes the most suffering to the largest number of animals in Australia. They have no voice, cannot defend themselves and are legally classified as ‘property’.

These emotionally complex, intelligent beings may never see the sun, feel the earth under their feet, nurture their young, build a nest, roost, forage for food or socialise as Nature intended.

Baby animals are mutilated without pain relief – the tails, teeth and genitalia of piglets and the beaks of chicks are brutally clipped, as well as the horns, tails and testicles of calves – because it’s practical, cheap and lawful to do so.

Farming corporations engage in legalised cruelty in the name of higher profit and cheaper meat and eggs. Their activities are legitimised by State and Federal Departments of Primary Industry which operate with a stark conflict of interest; they are responsible for promoting the interests of animals but also the interests of very vocal and powerful agribusiness. As long as these government bodies oversee both animal protection and industry, meaningful reform will be very difficult to achieve. These industries operate with very little transparency.

The powerful myth that industrial food is cheap and affordable only survives because environmental, health and social costs are not added to the price of industrial food. When we calculate the real price, it is clear that far from being cheap, our current food production system is imposing staggering burdens on us and future generations.

Today very few animals roam freely on traditional farms. Most animals produced for food in Australia suffer behind the closed doors of large industrial facilities known as factory farms. They are treated like commodities in a production line, and their pain and distress is disregarded in the pursuit of profit. It is standard food industry practice to treat these intelligent beings like machines, denying them even sunlight or the feel of grass beneath their feet.

This is why we encourage a cruelty-free lifestyle and ask that you look at eliminating all animal products from your lifestyle and diet. Even animals from organic or ‘free range’ farms don’t march willingly to their deaths. They are dragged … wide-eyed and bellowing. Remember: all food animals end up at the same slaughterhouse. By eating a varied plant-based diet, you can easily get all the nutrients you need to lead a healthy active life. Besides being easy, delicious, economical, fun and healthy, following a plant-based diet transforms your fork into a powerful tool for compassion towards all beings, as well as for environmental production and restoration.

Albert Einstein, who was better known for his physics and math than for his interest in the living world once said …

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Circus Shame

CRUELTY IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT

Our ongoing Circus Campaign

Animal circuses are archaic, and cruel. The needs of the animal can never be met in a circus environment.

Regardless of the number of generations that wild animals have been bred in captivity, they do not lose their natural instincts. They retain their desire to roam freely. Circuses deny them mental and physical stimulation.

Circus animals can spend up to 11 months of the year travelling. The endless road travel in a confined space in all extremes of weather, over vast distances, is cruel in itself, without the additional cruelty that circus animals are subjected to.

The animals suffer from boredom and are continually confined, isolated and distressed. This affects their health and wellbeing and can lead to serious behavioural problems, often manifesting as pacing, swaying, nodding, rocking or aggression. The only release. they get from their confinement is when they are performing for the circus audience. This can result in unpredictability and present a serious threat to human safety. There have been a number of cases of circus animals turning on their trainers, sometimes during performances and even in front of terrified children.

The circus-goer never sees the behind the scenes cruelty which induces terrified, defenceless animals to perform unnatural, demeaning tricks for audience amusement.

The display of animals for entertainment in circuses plays no role in conservation or education. In fact circuses are anti-educational. There is nothing educational or entertaining about seeing wild animals with broken spirits performing tricks. This does not teach children where the animals come from, how they live or their normal diets, habits or social structures. Circuses send out the wrong message, that it is ok to exploit animals for human entertainment and to laugh at their painful and demeaning predicament.. It encourages impressionable children to believe that it is ok to force animals to behave unnaturally, in fear of punishment.

We are not alone in our conviction that animal circuses should be permanently banned. Numerous countries worldwide share our conviction and have bans in place. Here in Australia more than 40 local authorities including our national capital have such bans in place. Increasingly, community attitudes are deploring this vile form of animal exploitation and cruelty. Apart from being cruel to have animals in circuses, it is also unnecessary. Many successful modern circuses such as Cirque du Soleil perform without animals.

It is time to listen to our sense of compassion and understand that animals suffer and feel pain just as humans do.

Several websites have exposed the behind the scenes abuses to which circus animals are routinely subjected, for example www.animalcircuses.com

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Boycott Air France

C2CAF have called for a pledge to boycott  AIR FRANCE

As they are still transporting animals around the world including AUSTRALIA to laboratories for cruel experimentation.

Coast to Coast Animal Friends will be staging the Brisbane leg of the demonstration and Australian Anti-Vivisection Activists will be staging their demonstration in Melbourne.

Penelope Flight AttendentAir 7579_690432157718814_2740981476930161722_nFrance-KLM is the number one transporter of laboratory animals globally, and as such this makes them an extremely important strategic target in the campaign to sever the supply of animals.

In flight, primates and other animals suffer delays, loud noise, and the extreme heat or cold of a plane’s cargo hold. Flights can last up to 60 hours, with no supply of fresh air.

One study from the British watchdog group BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) shows 8 of 10 macaques die from captivity or transport stress. Primates are found barely alive or dead inside crates upon arrival. Anxiety leaves them vulnerable to infection. Some are euthanized during quarantine for pneumonia, enteritis, gastroenteritis, dehydration, weight loss and more stress-driven conditions.

For this reason Air France-KLM is currently the main focus of Gateway to Hell, an organization that runs a global campaign to end laboratory animal transport. As part of this campaign, they hold protests inside airports, at head offices, conferences, travel agencies and major shareholders.

Air France-KLM is not the sole focus of this campaign with Air India recently resuming the transportation of animals for the research industry.

 

Animal Action Outreach Stalls

Keep updated for our upcoming animal action outreach stalls.

You can find us at varying locations on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane at Market Stalls, Shopping Centres and Special Events. Come along join in the fun and become a C2CAF outreach volunteer for animals.
Fill in the contact form below to be added to our practice animal action group. Volunteer as little or as much as you want.  We value the work of all our volunteers.  Whilst your efforts go towards rescue,  rehabilitation and the ongoing investigations of animals.

At our Animal Action Outreach Stalls we support the following organisations:

  • Animals Australia
  • Animal Aid Abroad
  • Soi Dogs
  • Bali Animal Adoption & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Animal Liberation Queensland
  • Coalition for the protection of Racehorses

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