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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
32 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 20, 2010 Opinion Biased booklet disturbing resource ONE-SIDED: The article suggests that calves taken from their mothers suffer grief like that experienced by humans. CHEWS theFAT David Byard Under a picture of a cow and calf in a paddock, the article declares cows have friends like humans do, and even mix with cows they like and avoid the ones they don't.' THERE is a very interesting article being disseminated to our schools entitled Farm Animals: Our Ethics & Choices. It is well written and it appears the authors have visited as many as 50 Tasmanian schools. The article is about teaching kids to be conscious of animal welfare issues which is, of course, a good thing. But to me some of the material is disturbing and the perspective totally one-sided. The focus is on farm animals and how they are treated by farmers and why, if we treat our pets so well, do we treat our farm animals so badly. Students are entitled to know about reality and learn what the alternatives are. But this material pushes soy beans as an alternative to milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice cream and asks the students to complete a yes-no question- naire as if there are right and wrong answers. The material shows photos of poultry taken from battery hen sheds and introduced to green grass and sunshine and outlines how these hens are being saved from a life of misery. Its 28-pages also include several photos of a pig being ''rescued'' from a piggery. Here we are trying to teach our children what is right and wrong and these people are telling them how they have raided factory farms and stolen livestock. Under a picture of a cow and a calf in a paddock, the article declares cows have friends like humans do, and even mix with cows they like and avoid the ones they don't. Pigs are depicted as great sunbathers that love to swim in the wild. There is no suggestion of wild pigs being preyed on by larger animals and prone to all manner of diseases and parasites. It is suggested that calves and piglets taken from their mothers suffer great grief and that this is no less than the grief felt by humans if their children are taken away. One caption says 90 per cent of Australian pigs live in factory sheds where they will never feel the breeze on their backs or see sunshine. Readers are told that cows living their lives in a paddock is far from reality. It is implied that cows are ''battery'' raised. It is common, the brochure says, for calves of dairy cows to be removed within 12 to 24 hours of birth and, while their distressed mothers search for them and bellow for their return, fed substitute milk if they are lucky or taken away in overloaded trucks to be killed so we can eat the meat. Itthenasks---dowehavetoeat animals for meat? Do animals have spirits and souls? Animals --- are they owned by people? Yes or no? Is it necessary for humans to eat animals? Yes or no? The people using this material to teach children are presenting only one side of the argu- ment. This is one of the most biased presentations I have ever read and I wonder who let these people into our schools to brainwash our children and grandchildren. While we strive to get kids on to a good nutritional plain, the powers that be should be looking at what is being taught to our kids. The Minister for Education Lin Thorp should visit the Brightside Farm Sanctuary website and tell us if she thinks this sort of material is accept- able. Your new look Tasmanian Country offers unprecedented opportunities for display advertisements, features and advertorials. For advertising and enquiries contact: Kerri Walsh p: 6230 0640 f: 6230 0766 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Tracey Wright p: 6230 0752 f: 6230 0766 e: email@example.com Get Tasmanian Country to promote your product, property and equipment with a supported editorial feature, contact: Dallas Aldridge p: 6230 0544 f: 6230 0711 e: firstname.lastname@example.org a NEW LO OKfor an OLD MATE ! Round up some new business with just one phone call.
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