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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.


We vegans are not that special -- Sainsbury
We vegans are not that special -- Sainsbury's is right to put vegan meat in meat aisle
By DOMINIKA PISASECKA -- THE VEGAN SOCIETY on JUN 14, 2018

The supermarket announced it will launch new products next month. Read more

The end is near for WA live sheep exports
By PAUL MURRAY -- FORMER EDITOR OF THE WEST AUSTRALIAN on MAY 23, 2018

It appears that the Turnbull Government’s attempt to hold back the tidal wave of public opposition to live sheep exports is doomed. Read more

The shame of Australia’s live sheep trade
By RICHARD GLOVER — PRESENTS “DRIVE” ON ABC RADIO SYDNEY, AND A FORMER NEWS EDITOR AND EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENT FOR THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. on MAY 18, 2018

How much animal cruelty is too much animal cruelty? That’s the debate in Australia as pressure builds to ban the export of live sheep. Read more

Case grows stronger for a temporary ban on live animal exports
By EDITORIAL -- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on MAY 7, 2018

More images have surfaced, and they show in even more graphic detail the absolutely hellish conditions these animals died in. But they also show the plight of the crew who were left to - literally - clean up the stinking mess. Read more

Why the live sheep trade is at death's door
By CRAIG EMERSON -- MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CRAIG EMERSON ECONOMICS AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS. on APR 25, 2018

Countless sheep have perished over several decades, but only occasionally has incriminating footage emerged. Read more

Inaction over live sheep exports reveals our politicians are losing their moral compass
By JOHN HEWSON -- PROFESSOR AT THE CRAWFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, ANU, AND A FORMER LIBERAL OPPOSITION LEADER. on APR 25, 2018

The live sheep export trade should be phased out. Read more

Animal welfare trumps politics
By RITA PANAHI on APR 22, 2018

For too long, we have turned a blind eye to the horrific reality of the live export trade. Read more

Live sheep exports are not worth the moral cost
Live sheep exports are not worth the moral cost
By DR. JULIE P. SMITH - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL FUTURE FELLOW AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND REGULATION on APR 21, 2018

Until recently, only those working on the ships knew how bad its conditions were, and those who spoke up lost their jobs. Read more

Sheep ship of shame causing more pain for Malcolm Turnbull
By ANDREW TILLET - on APR 20, 2018

The former health minister, Sussan Ley, is speaking for many of her colleagues who are disgusted over the latest sheep ship of shame and demanding action. Read more

Australia’s history of live exports is more than two centuries old
Australia’s history of live exports is more than two centuries old
By NANCY CUSHING — ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE on APR 11, 2018

A recent episode of 60 Minutes has captured public attention and the political agenda by airing dramatic video footage from Animals Australia, showing the fate of Australian animals in the live export trade. Read more

Stella McCartney on challenging conventions and creating solutions one leather-free shoe at a time
By STELLA MCCARTNEY — DESIGNER on MAR 16, 2018

British designer Stella McCartney is renowned for being at the forefront of ethical and sustainable luxury fashion–proving the detractors wrong. Here, she shares her struggles, strengths and hopes for the future. Read more

 America
America's horrifying new plan for animals: highspeed slaughterhouses
By SCOTT DAVID IS A FORMER UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR AND CURRENT INVESTIGATIONS ASSOCIATE AT COMPASSION OVER KILLING on MAR 7, 2018

If you care about animal welfare or food safety, this news will concern you. Read more

As selling pets online becomes normal, we need to regulate it
By BRONWYN ORR, VETERINARIAN AND PHD CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY & SUSAN HAZEL SENIOR LECTURER, SCHOOL OF ANIMAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE on FEB 14, 2018

The risks of buying a pet online extend beyond the animal’s welfare. The Western Australian Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard recommends you physically inspect a puppy and its parents before purchasing, to avoid being the victim of a scam or ending up with a sick or diseased animal. Read more

Governments can’t be trusted to deliver welfare standards for chickens
By ELIZABETH ELLIS - HONORARY SENIOR FELLOW, SCHOOL OF LAW, FACULTY OF LAW, HUMANITIES & THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG on FEB 12, 2018

The draft standards exclude any phase-out of battery cages. Read more

Is dairy the new tobacco?
By GENE BAUR - PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER OF FARM SANCTUARY on FEB 12, 2018

For decades, agribusiness has been pulling levers in the U.S. Capitol, and billions of our tax dollars have been wasted in propping up our antiquated dairy industry. Read more

Animal activists stop the boats with game-changing Brazilian court ruling
Animal activists stop the boats with game-changing Brazilian court ruling
By DR PETER CHEN -- SENIOR LECTURER IN MEDIA AND POLITICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY'S DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on FEB 7, 2018

Animals Australia's role in bringing about a temporary ban on live exports from Brazil shows that animal activism, like the supply chains it targets, is going global. Read more

Live Animal Export: Emissions reprieve?
By DR LYNN SIMPSON on FEB 6, 2018

Dr Lynn Simpson ponders whether environmental rulings might spell the end of much of the livestock carrier fleet. Read more

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


 
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