September marks the end of the summer slump, which for some is encapsulated by all the excitement of putting a goat in a crate on a tall metal stand at Puck Fair during a Co Kerry heatwave.
Seriously, what ramblings about a goat being vet checked hourly alongside plenty of feed and cold water with a politician who, predictably, was keen both to jump on the bandwagon and have an opportunity to make his mark on a powerful sector to further ingratiate his constituency They claimed that those who called national radio to “disrupt and interrupt this great event” were “against everything”.
In other words, or short for short, these people are “antis,” as the blood sport clique has long disparagingly referred to anyone who resists killing for fun.
Echoes of this attitude are becoming increasingly evident in the agribusiness, with the National Dairy Council (NDC) chief executive calling critics “anti-animal protein, anti-animal [farming]’ and chillingly outlined how the industry has ‘cleaned our channel’ and ‘found ways to filter out the contamination emanating from these disruptive groups, particularly around misinformation’.
These presumably include an online comment that the NDC’s recent campaign on the “true story of the dairy industry” caused “hundreds of thousands of unwanted unweaned male calves being slaughtered or exported for the cruel veal industry, suffering from lameness, mastitis and environmental impacts and climate change”. .
This view was supported by Dr. Andrew Kelly, former CEO of ISPCA. He is followed on social media by other antis such as Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust’s Pádraic Fogarty and the global CEO of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
Are they less well informed than TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, the most recent NDC ‘ambassador’, who has been busy gushing about how ‘Irish dairy is locally produced’, despite the distant fate of the boys who raise these animals to produce? Milk praising a product as “responsibly produced” that uses vast amounts of water when Europe faces its worst drought in 500 years, relies on imported animal feed and poisons our land and waters with chemical fertilizers?
That Operation Transformation Moderator is part of the industry’s well-funded strategy to create what I believe to be an optical illusion that not only greenwashes us, but brainwashes us with buzzwords like “sustainability,” “low environmental impact,” and the enticing-sounding “green initiatives.” “. These appear in a series of videos showing a 12-year-old child whose innocence reflects her determination to keep the public in blissful ignorance.
There is another video called The louder sound manufactured by CIWF in 2015 and shot primarily in Egypt, where 1,900 Irish cattle are due to arrive today, having been at sea for almost two weeks. Boy is it getting hot and muggy, although buckets of cold water are unlikely to be waiting for these poor devils as World Animal Protection ranks Egypt as the country with the lowest animal welfare standards, particularly when it comes to slaughter.
Spain, which happens to be one of the three remaining countries in Europe, along with Portugal and Ireland, where blood sports are still legal, is another popular destination for our agricultural sector’s live waste.
The voiceover in the CIWF video reminds us that Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue and Irish agribusiness, like all European Union member states, are well acquainted with this type of footage – of bulls being beaten with iron bars or tied to bars while fully conscious while men slash their tendons and stab their eyeballs and throat. Yet they live on to export animals to suffer that fate.
So isn’t it time to put the term “anti” where it belongs, to those whose actions prove they are opposed to animal welfare and indeed anything that is part of a humane society? Why are they motivated by compassion instead of making money an issue? Is it because when there’s big money at stake, who cares about fair play?
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/lay-of-the-land-lets-up-the-anti-on-people-who-dont-care-about-animal-welfare-41959482.html Lay of the Land: Let’s raise the ‘anti’ against people who don’t care about animal welfare