Eating Pigs *Does* Cause Swine Flu, and here’s why. - May 13, 2009 - Uncategorized

Despite claims that pork is safe, everyone needs to know that eating pigs (pork, bacon and the rest) does in fact cause swine flu. From the WHO FAQ on the new hybrid influenza strain: Is it safe to eat pork and pork products? Yes. influenza A(H1N1) has not been shown to be transmissible to people […]

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 […]

Do We Really Value Life? - January 16, 2009 - Uncategorized

Helicopters fetch patients daily from hundreds or thousands of kilometers across the state. Ambulances transport the injured around town, with lights blaring and cars desperately trying to slide out of the way. Nurses from across the ward rush to a cardiac arrest. Billions of dollars are invested in health and hospitals dominate inner city landscapes. […]

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 […]

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 ABC.net.au covers the situation, but basically, the government has imposed a moratorium on tree clearing in […]

Vegetarian Meats… Where? - July 22, 2008 - Uncategorized

Like it or love it, if you want more than what the supermarket can offer in the way of mock meats (I remember my auntie asking… “is it plastic?”), you’ll need to go to Chinatown. If you live in a city on Earth, you have one. The supermarket is an increasingly good place though (mmm… […]

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.

Mark Bittman: “less meat, less junk, more plants” - May 25, 2008 - 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 […]

Senator Andrew Bartlett on Diet and Cliamte - March 31, 2008 - Uncategorized

But if everyone just went without meat and dairy products for a day – or ideally pledged to halve their overall ongoing consumption, it would have a much larger and more immediate impact than turning off more of our lights more often. Changing to a more greenhouse friendly diet is one of the easiest things […]

Animals Australia reveals flaws in the CSIRO ‘total wellbeing’ diet - February 11, 2008 - Uncategorized

From Why are more and more people becoming vegetarian? The journal Nature is one of the world’s top 2 scientific journals (the other being the US journal Science). In an editorial on 22 December 2005 headed A recipe for trouble it commented on the Total Wellbeing Diet in less than glowing terms. It said that […]

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, […]