LiveCorp Australia, the body that is supposedly representing the interests, concerns and attitudes of Australian farmers, supposedly concerned with the humane treatment of our cattle were part of the interview.
LiveCorp - you should be ashamed of yourselves. And here's why...
LiveCorp has commissioned the design & installation of a âboxâ for use in slaughter of cattle in Indonesia to help control our larger cows just before slaughtering.
The animal is forced into the âboxâ by being beaten repeatedly, and are then roped by the front & rear legs. The box is then opened and the tied cow stumbles, falling and smashing their skull onto a solid concrete slab. They are then splashed with cold water to cause them to rear up & smash themselves repeatedly on the slab. Then... theyâre throats are cut. Sometimes 10 - 30 times with a dull blade - as opposed to the one, clean, swift cut that is supposedly the international standard for slaugter. The tortured cows are left alive to bleed to death... sometimes for up to 3 minutes. No "stunning", no humane treatment - just cruelty on a scale that should sicken any human being.
But not enough for LiveCorp to step up and do anything. Can I conclude therefore that you're all a bunch of Cyborgs???
All of these inhumane and cruel practices are known by LiveCorp and have been allowed to continue - and no, they won't ship "meat" to Indonesia as a resolution to the cruel treatment of Australian cattle. LiveCorp are apparently "working" to change this. Yep. Like the Australian Government is "working" to support pensioners in their old age. Sorry but I call bullshit. Again.
After clutching my daughter & turning my head away, sobbing at the report, I couldnât take anymore and went to have the hottest shower I could - as if to wash away the shame, anguish, rage, disappointment and heartbreak. All I kept seeing in my head were the mournful eyes of the Brahman cows being bashed & basically murdered. I could barely control my rage.
Iâm standing in the shower, water running over my eyes drowning my tears in the only way a breastfeeding mother can (oh what I would have given for a BIG ass scotch on the rocks, then and there!) & my mind turns to the sheer VOLUME of ecological destruction, nay, just destruction, that occurs on this planet. Everything from animals, to plants, to people, to sea creatures and everything in between is being destroyed. By what? Or should I say whom? By us of course. Who else?
I get out of the shower and then see a program called âFuture Of Foodâ plugging the one sided story about the benefits of genetically modified foods being the solution to the global food shortage crisis. What a freakin load of crap!
The report then FINALLY goes onto point out that maybe, just maybe, our food wastage is more the issue than the lack of food production. No, really? Ya think???
My mind is spinning, literally at the rate of the Gravatron with everything that is going on in this world. I donât even know how I feel right now - just overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of what needs to be done to reduce the footprint âweâ (read: the self centred mankind collective) & stop these destructive practices worldwide.
Its just SO MUCH! Thereâs so much to be done, so many causes needing support, so much horror and pain and destruction... where the hell does one start?
Who do you write to? What do you choose to write about? Do I get on the activism band wagon against LiveCorp & their beauracratic bullshit regarding the slaughtering practices of Australian cattle in Indonesia or are there more pressing localised issues I should look at?
Is my small, overfed worm farm even a molecule in the ocean, let alone a drop?
I always pull the plastic windows out of the envelopes, sticky tape from boxes & bottle tops from bottles before recycling but is that time that should be better spent elsewhere on a more broad and global issue?
Is my recent phobia, my âFear of Throwing Anything Awayâ just my own or do other people actually, genuinely give a shit about the state our earth is in?
Canât ANYONE else hear the screams of earth and her creatures like I do??? And if so, why is change so GOD DAMNED SLOW???
These thoughts are raging through my head, my heart, my body and I look over at my little baby girl lying peacefully asleep in my husbandâs arms having no idea the anguish her mother is feeling at what will be left for her after our generation is gone...
What will be left?
Should I be feeling more optimistic about the slow yet steady progress of the âgreen teamâ, the Eco Warriors? Or is everything just going to be another way for corruption to reign supreme? Is the âgreenâ movement just going to be come a new way in which corporates & governments will line their greedy pockets?
Will the self centred, destructive people that we have become be ALL we ever are in this world? Just a mass cancer-like source of pain, a seemingly endless genocidal force that stops at nothing to destroy everything in its path? That is honestly, tonight, how I feel about âmankindâ. I couldnât be more appalled, disgusted, ashamed or broken hearted.
There is just SO much going on, so much to do, so much to address, so much that needs changing.
I get so angry at the ignorance of people - those that look at me like some freaked out, over zealous, anxiety riddled hippie with too many a cause. Iâm made to feel like and look like an idiot, the âunbelieverâ who should just âtrustâ that governments, corporates and industries are really there to serve us all, their intentions are always pure.
No matter how much evidence I provide to the contrary, even evidence released by said governments and corporates (the ingredients in vaccines for example) the propaganda machine that has been cranking for so many years beats my argument before Iâve even started. âYes, flouride is good for you. No, its not an emotional numbing agent. Yes, vaccines are the ONLY way to protect yourself. No, homeopathy & natropathy doesn't work. Yes, chemicals in small amounts like on clothes do no harm at all. No, the rise of allergies and allergic reactions have nothing to do with chemical exposure. Yes, cancer rates are unprecedented but no its not related to our lifestyles. Yes, corporates, governments and institutions are here BY the people, FOR the people and OF the people. No, its not true that we're all a bunch of greedy capitalists squeezing the general populus for all their collectively worthâ.
Confused? Conflicted? You should be! Its pretty simple. Unless you find the answers through your own independent research then assume anything else is bullshit.
I supposed I should take heart that all of those involved in the dodgy decision making processes of said organisations above are going down with the rest of us. They should be saying âYes, weâre all in this yellow submarine together & weâre all going down with itâ because that, my friends is the absolute truth.
So, if youâre reading this and youâre âlukewarmâ on any of the pressing issues for our planet & its survival, be it recycling, genetically modified foods, animal slaughter, humane treatment of people or animals, anti-corruption movements, reducing waste, cutting out plastic... anything - then please turn up the heat on yourselves.
Watch something that moves you, that disturbs you, that REALLY PISSES YOU OFF to the point of total outrage and shame. Then take that emotion and DO SOMETHING with it!
Stop falling for the bullshit propaganda and do your own research, independently. It will surprise you what youâll find with just a little digging.
Take responsibility as a consumer and take back your power - the biggest power in this capitalist world, that is BUYING POWER. Watch what you buy, where you buy, how you buy and why you buy.
Is your meat humanely killed? Is it full of crap like hormones, chemicals or has it been fed with antibiotics?
Do you need that plastic bag for the apples, then another one to walk home with? (Answer is, in case you didnât know, NO!)
Could you grow some of your own produce like lettuces and herbs?
Could you swap standard products for organic ones? Green ones? Fair trade ones?
Could you write to J&J or Natio or some other company & tell them that youâre disgusted with them for using xyz chemicals in their products?
Could you write to your local member about the âPrecautionary Principleâ becoming legislated throughout Australia?
Who can you convert in your life to live a more clean green lifestyle?
If something outrages you like it has done so for me tonight then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Write to someone, raise the alarm, tweet it, Facebook it, email it, blog it, spread the word as far and wide as possible & keep talking.
Donât be conned into being ignorant because âits just easierâ. Weâve become a nation, nay, a world of people that are obsessed with everything becoming âeasierâ. Weâve become so lazy that we have allowed ourselves to completely destroy anything we touch on this planet that is good, pure, clean or natural.
The powers that be prefer you to stay silent, ignore what is going on or be too god damned self centred and self consumed and self focused that you just donât give a shit. Capitalism reigns supreme and therefore in our rush to keep up with the freakin Jonesâ (who the f*** ARE the bloody Jonesâ anyway???!!!) we ignore everything that we should be stopping. Biblically we are told to turn the other cheek... that didnât mean turning a blind eye too!
The few of us that feel this world can thrive without corruption, that capitalism with fairness CAN be a way of life, that destruction and control and domination is NOT the only way to live on this earth are overwhelmed by the task that befalls us who heed the call.
If youâre even on this blog, youâve heard it too - so please DO SOMETHING! Stand with us, even in a small way, and help us move towards a better life, a better planet, a better people.
Stop listening to everyone, everything else and listen to yourself. If something FEELS off, then if probably is. If something smells like bullshit, then it probably is. If something doesnât SOUND right then it probably isnât right. The powers that be would like to think weâre all as dumb as a pack of brainless sheep - step up and show them that weâre not and weâre onto them.
Please DO SOMETHING - ANYTHING! And tell me what you do so I can smile at us once again (because right now I am so appalled I wish I was anything but human).
Step up Eco Warriors! Letâs leave something WORTH leaving behind for our kids.
Love and hope,
The Eco Mum xo
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