How to Slaughter a Pig - January 18, 2009 - Uncategorized

Slaughtering a Pig is an in depth process. A number of steps must be taken before the knife is even picked up. In killing a pig you are ending the life of a another sentient creature, and this is no light matter. Firstly, to insure that the act of killing does not leave you too […]

Obama, the Animals and the Future - November 5, 2008 - Uncategorized

This post is a hopeful look at changes in the way animals are treated in America. But first… Congratuations Planet Earth The worst is now behind us. Obama’s election in America is a concrete manifestation of our optimism for the future. The American people are ready for change, and have shown, beyond expectations, how much […]

Skippy Sausages? - October 1, 2008 - Uncategorized

No this is definately not one for Veggie Kitchen. The Australian today is running a poll. Will you BBQ Skippy to help arrest climate change? Here’s the result so far… Unfortunately there should be another choice, better for our country in myriad ways. Vegetarinism is linked to far less heart disease, cancer (especially breast, prostate […]

Professor Barry Brook on Livestock – and a whole bunch of comments. - August 14, 2008 - Uncategorized

Another scientist speaks out for climate, noting the massive contribution of livestock to global warming. Australia’s most powerful climate-forcing agent – it’s not coal « Professor Barry Brook holds the Foundation Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change and is Director of the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of […]

Myth 2: Protein Combining - August 10, 2008 - Uncategorized

Claudia who writes at Mesmereyed asks: My main concerns right now are about protein.  I know that you are supposed to be able to mix some beans with rice or something to make perfect proteins, but this all confuses me.  Can you do a blog post about that?  That would help me enormously in putting […]

Dr. Saddler’s Misconceptions About Beef and Our Environment - July 30, 2008 - Uncategorized

Something I just sent off… maybe interesting to Whirled Peas readers… maybe not. To the Editor: I refer to Tuesday’s article about Dr. Hugh Saddler, who advised the government not to include agricultural emissions in a trading scheme. Although not including agriculture in an emissions trading scheme would be a disaster for our future, Dr. […]

We Can’t Eat Timber? - July 29, 2008 - Uncategorized

It’s rare that I would pick up the pen to write something political nowadays (I learned my lesson in 2006), but I’ve been struck by a monumental deception on behalf of the Northern Territory meat industry. This article from covers the situation, but basically, the government has imposed a moratorium on tree clearing in […]

Economic and Environmental Meltdown - July 13, 2008 - Uncategorized

I was eighteen when I realised that the lifestyles in countries like Australia are driving the world to a calamitic meltdown and tragic aftermath. It seems that this is entering common knowledge with experts speaking of “inevitable” economic and environmental collapses. Crisis Points: Water Land Food

Garnaut and the Farmers - July 9, 2008 - Uncategorized

I’ve been waiting pensively for this article to appear. Basically the farmers agribusiness has realized three things the devastating impact of their trade on the environment and global climate the cost that will bring under comprehensive emissions trading (if the government takes a stance for the future, we shall see) they can use ‘national interest’ […]

The Abolitionist Approach? - - Uncategorized

While I have tremendous respect for all people who campaign to reduce the suffering of animals, I must say, the work of Gary Francione has opened my eyes to a contradiction that’s been lingering in my mind for a while.

Australia’s Emissions Trading Scheme and Animal Agriculture - June 21, 2008 - Uncategorized

For WP intergalactic readers, the emissions trading scheme (EMT) is basically an attempt to bring the economy in line with environmental imperatives; to set real prices that include the environment in the ‘bottom line’ of businesses; and to make sure that the market helps achieve a quick transition to a sustainable economy.

Biofuel, Livestock, Feed Conversion and Global Food Security. - June 8, 2008 - Uncategorized

A quick analysis of the FAO figures for expected cereal production and use in 2007/2008 reveals that much more food is wasted in feeding livestock than used in biofuel production. The global cereal output in 2008 will be around 2126 million tones (mt). Of this, it is expected that 1006mt will be eaten directly as […]

Australia has 10% less forest than thought - May 25, 2008 - Uncategorized

From Radio National It seems we have about 15 million hectares less forested area in Australia than we thought. That’s 10 per cent less than when we last measured five years ago. To put that figure in perspective, it is more than twice the total area of Tasmania (6.8 million hectares). But apparently it hasn’t […]

Mark Bittman: “less meat, less junk, more plants” - - Uncategorized

From the influential food critic of the New York Times, the call for Americans to reduce their meat consumption by 50%, and to end industrial animal agriculture, should pack more punch. I hope so, anyway. The truth is out there: vegetarianism is healthy, environmentally friendly, affordable and smart. That Mark is not a vegetarian only […]

Australian Law Reform Commission devotes biannual journal to Animals! - March 4, 2008 - Uncategorized

This report from Voiceless, Australia’s priceless fund for Animals: Voiceless applauds the Australian Law Reform Commission for devoting the current edition of its twice yearly publication, Reform, to the subject of Animal Law. … Animal Law in Australia is a cutting edge discipline which is rapidly emerging as an area for academic scholarship in the […]

Steven White on Animal Law for All - January 18, 2008 - Uncategorized

I just made a comment on Steven White’s article on the growing momentum for animal law reform. It’s a movement sorely needed in our world where the unsanctionalble exploitation of animals occurs out of the public eye but on a scale unimaginable to most. Increasingly, lawyers are striving to increase knowledge of animal welfare law, […]