By Nathan Edwards The Daily Telegraph

ANIMAL ISSUE NEWS FOR THIS WEEK

Alpacas are on the menu;
• Voiceless fundraiser Wednesday, with Emile Sherman who made The King’s Speech;
• Proud Dad Brian Sherman, founder of Voiceless, challenges our Uni’s to a duel; While the RSPCA joins the hormone-free debate

The King’s Speech

Voiceless Animal Rights group are having their major fund raising night this Wednesday 18th May. Special guests will include Voiceless Director Emile Sherman (winner of the 2011 Best Picture Oscar for The King’s Speech), Dr Charlie Teo (internationally renowned neurosurgeon), Akira Isogawa (acclaimed fashion designer), Holly Throsby (ARIA nominated singer-songwriter) and Voiceless Ambassador Emily Barclay (award-winning actress) gathering for an exciting evening of Art for Animals Please visit Voiceless to purchase your tickets and for more information.

Animal Welfare Conflict of Interest

Meanwhile, Voiceless is still lobbying hard to have hormones removed from our food source. Founder,  and former Chairman of Channel Ten, Brian Sherman has openly questioned whether it is acceptable for Universities involved in Veterinary Science to be funded by or involved in collaboration with drug companies; and also with the Livestock industries. Does it allow for impartiality? He asks this in light of the fact that several of the academics who supported a recent pro-hormone ad in The Australian are with institutions that are similarly funded.  Brian Sherman points to Sydney University Department of Veterinary Science’s own record of funding on its  Website

Faculty of Veterinary staff have a wide spectrum of research expertise across a broad range of species. Faculty research income is drawn from a wide variety of sources, [including]  the Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Pork Ltd, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC)… Industry collaborations with industry partners as diverse as Pfizer Pty Ltd…

In relation to Universities accepting funding from drug companies and other interests, Sherman questions whether this as a potential conflict of interest under the UNSW definition and calls on the Universities to be part of an open debate into the matter.

 

RSPCA  adds its voice on hormone-free, free-range livestock

“Humane food production is about providing farm animals with an environment that meets their behavioural needs. Sows should be able to forage for food and have access to straw to build a nest for their piglets. Layer hens should be free to roam, dustbathe, scratch in the dirt and lay their eggs in a nest. Sow stalls and cages have no place in humane farming systems. Surplus dairy calves, too, deserve a fairer go. And with regard to the effect of hormone growth promotants on animal welfare, this requires further research. Until more information is available, hormonal growth promotants are best used with caution.

“To make a meaningful impact on farm animal welfare we need more humane food products on every supermarket shelf in Australia. So when making that decision at the supermarket shelf, remember it’s not just about price – it’s about animal welfare and supporting those farmers who are providing you with a higher welfare choice.”

Here is a link for more information on our Approved Farming Scheme and our Humane Food campaign.

Alpaca’s as dinner

(Photo above taken by Nathan Edwards Source: The Daily Telegraph)