Animal welfare

 We take their children, we take their freedom, we take their lives, sending them healthy and whole to a slaughterhouse to come out as package pieces on the other side and we tell ourselves that somehow along the way something humane and ethical happened.

Joaquin Phoenix

Pigs are as smart as 3–year–old children! They know their own name, and wag their tails when excited! source

the vast majority of [cosmetic] products lining our supermarket shelves are from overseas countries which do test on animals. 81% of Australians agree that Australia should ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. source

The treatment of farm animals is the world’s biggest animal welfare issue – and it’s getting bigger. By 2050, livestock production will be twice what it was in 2000. source

In 1975 it took approximately 64 days for a chicken to reach slaughter weight. Now, due to selective breeding techniques used by the chicken meat industry to efficiently produce higher quantities of meat, a chicken can be ready for slaughter in just 35 days. source

Animals Australia: raises awareness on national issues, from duck hunting to cage eggs through to greyhound training issues.

Voiceless: an informative site which raises awareness of many animal welfare issues, including ag-gag laws and truth in labelling.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): this activist organisation covers every imaginable animal rights issue in detail, and also has sections on current news and investigations. The site also includes a range of  videos  but be warned that many are graphic and disturbing. much like Peta (see above), this website is mostly for teens.

Animal Liberation NSW: in addition to detailing the main issues, this site looks at subjects such as the theories of animal rights and the psychology of violence against animals.

Compassion in World Farming: the focus is on endin

The Meatrix: since 2003, The Meatrix has educated over 30 million consumers about the problems caused by factory farms. Since then, interest in sustainable food has grown – but so have the number of factory farms. View the entire range of videos, and visit

Unleashed has a range of videos including ‘Meat The Truth’ and ‘Darren Cordeux [Kisschasy] Exposes Factory Farming’.

PETA TV has a huge range of videos available to download. Be warned that many are graphic and disturbing. This site does have a ‘For Kids’ section.

Animals Australia also has a range of videos.

Make it Possible: imagine a world without factory farming.

How much is cheap meat really costing us?: an interactive video, hosted by The Hon Michael Kirby, which investigates the true cost of cheap meat.

Peta Kids: read and learn about actions you can take – from feeding your pets well, to supporting products that are animal friendly.

Make it Possible: what is factory farming and how can you help give animals a better life? Donate, sign petitions and educate yourself in this area.

Unleashed: things you can do include not eating animals that are not kept properly through to not supporting products tested on them; this gives all the information you need to make decisions.

Animals Australia: start your own awareness blog, fundraise, share on Facebook, work for the animals, become a member. This site offers opportunities for a number of causes from ‘puppy factories’ through to ‘live export’ issues.

Brightside Farm Sanctuary: adopt, donate or shop!

Oscar’s Law aims to change the way that animals are kept, bred and sold. Add your voice to Oscar’s Law’s current campaigns.

Voiceless: be a voice by sharing websites and speaking out for animal welfare. This website has things to share – videos and information.

Sustainable Table: an American site with many action ideas.

Other learning resorces

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as animal welfare. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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