No 'in your face' campaigning
I have been saddened to hear of the" trolling" of vegan interests on social media in the wake of Monday's protests. One's choice of diet is a personal decision.
Humans have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to source nutrition available in various forms, including meat, cereals, fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Today, Australians are privileged to be able to indulge in any and all of these food types.
Most meat eaters do not endorse the right of vegans to lecture others on what they should consume.
It is only fair, then, to avoid flaunting dietary decisions involving meat in the face of those who find it unpalatable.
Hamish Weatherly, Mortlake
Animal welfare transparency
In response to the article Living Hell and Roma Britnell's outrage in Tuesday's The Standard. It appears that Roma might be better to take on board some of the issues that animal welfare protesters are raising rather than deliberately sensationalising the method of protest undertaken. If there was greater transparency and the appropriate animal welfare monitoring of large scale unethical farming businesses in Australia, animal welfare activists and protesters would not need to be so alarmed and frustrated.
We, the community, expect that government must ensure that agricultural food production is done in the most humane and ethically sound way, and sadly, this is not the case with many businesses/farms not being scrutinised appropriately.
The livestock export trade is an example of a cruel and outdated industry being allowed to continue for the sake of lucrative farmer profit despite the documented evidence of misery (and often death) that livestock have to endure.
Similarly with the plight of caged hens being subjected to horrendous cruelty at large scale poultry farms which resemble high security prison compounds and do so for the sake of 'privacy'.
The public are conveniently being kept in the dark by the agricultural industry and politicians regarding the cruel and inappropriate so-called farming practices that occur on many large scale 'farms'.
In regard to farmers in the south-west caring for the environment and animals, Roma should take a drive up and down the Princes Highway and other local country roads and tally the number of farms where the land is degraded, weed-ridden and where the livestock have no or too few trees to shelter under in extreme weather conditions.
Monique Ferrier, Warrnambool
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