Lab grown meat…what do you think?

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I’ve heard a lot of about “pain-free meat” from various sources over the last 12 months, including the wonderful Treehugger blog. The latest news is that it could be available within six months!

This is very encouraging to say the least, when you consider the long-term benefits of firstly, far less suffering of factory farmed animals and secondly a huge reduction in the impact on the environment caused by farming.

What I am interested to know though, is how many would actually be happy to try it…..?  Would you?

I personally didn’t give up meat because I didn’t enjoying eating it – my reasons were purely because I no longer wanted to participate in the cruelty associated with farming (during life and at slaughter). So on the surface, at least, this does sound appealing.

The lab-grown product is created by combining animal products, namely horse foetal serum and pig cells which does not make it completely ethical. According to an article from Horsetalk, a synthetic alternative to the serum is being researched also. Would it be a healthy option? That remains to be seen I guess. In reality though, for vegans or vegetarians, an ethical product is a very long way off.

In the meantime, how do you feel about this news?

Act now: Help end Live Export

By now most of you would have heard about this week’s Four Corners report on Animals Australia’s investigation into live exports to Indonesia. The footage was nothing short of devastating to watch; one of the most difficult I have sat through up to this point. However, it has undoubtedly brought awareness of this dire situation to all corners of the world and hopefully through enough persistent action we can bring an end to this practice. It disgusted me to learn that as an Australian taxpayer I am unwittingly contributing to this atrocity. If you haven’t watched the video footage and would like to see for yourself what all the outrage is about, I urge you to proceed with extreme caution as it contains many scenes of animals in distress and dying horrific deaths. The video can be viewed here.

I urge you not to let this issue be swept under the carpet. If you feel strongly about putting an end to live animal exports, there are many ways you can add your voice to this campaign. For starters you can visit www.banliveexport.com where you can send a letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and copy in Minister of Agriculture, Joe Ludwig.  You can also visit Julia Gillard’s Facebook and Twitter pages and leave messages or comments. The WSPA has recently launched a new Humane Chain website with a letter writing tool making it easy to send a personal letter to your local MP.

The GetUp! organisation is also running a campaign to air the ad below to help spread awareness.  To assist by making a donation, please visit the GetUP! website.

My utmost respect and admiration goes to Lyn White and the team at Animals Australia for their unfaltering dedication to this important work.

Plastics…a reality check

I watch a lot of videos relating to animal welfare and environmental issues these days and sometimes feel like I’ve become a little desensitised, however when I viewed this incredible video via the treehugger website, the footage had a profound effect on me and I wanted to share it with you here. This short film documents one of the remotest spots on the planet, the Midway Atoll, situated around 1,800 kms from Honolulu, Hawaii and the massive impact washed up plastics are having on birds and marine life – it has to be seen to be believed.