I wrote a post last week titled How can we meet community expectations if we don’t know what they are that ‘worried’ some of our agriculture family (and I am not sure that is the right word- see post comments) that I was apparently unperturbed that extreme animal welfare groups like Animals Australia are considered stakeholders and have a seat at the table when the government is pulling together the Australian Standards and Guidelines for Welfare of Livestock.
I want to make it clear that I definitely see them as stakeholders – minor stakeholders but if I was sitting at that table ( and I am not) I would want to hear what they have to say. Because what really fascinates me about these groups who attract massive sums of money that allow them to do what they want to do – is why they pick that particular cause over some many others.
For me its man’s inhumanity to man that motivates me to spend my hard money on funding people standing up on behalf of us all to make a difference in this shocking shocking heart wrenching abhorrent area.
Can you read this without putting your had in your pocket and donating to the cause that is fighting tooth and nail, heart and soul, doing its very best to stamp this out. Every year, 10 million girls around the world are forced into marriage before they turn 18.
Girls who marry young – as well as missing out on education – are more likely to suffer poverty, domestic violence, malnutrition, maternal and infant death, obstetric fistula and HIV infection,
Raman was just a little girl. She probably enjoyed playing outside with her siblings. She probably loved her parents – and did not understand why they sold her into marriage. A marriage that turned out to be her death, and at best would have still meant the end of her life as she knew it.
Almost 39,000 girls around the world face the same possible fate as Raman every single day.
That’s 39,000 tragic weddings that are far from a fairytale.
That’s 39,000 lives.
And we MUST all admit until men and women can treat each other with respect we haven’t got a hope in hell of expecting them to treat animals with respect.
You only have to read Behind Closed Doors for example to see the dark places that people go when they are overwhelmed let alone given a mandate by culture to do things to fellow human beings that shock people the majority
As the RSPCA remind us The real story about animal abuse in most cases its ignorance not malice that result in abuse
Its time for a massive culture shake up. Its time to pour every spare cent we have into educating women in third world countries. That’s what I would talking about to these animal welfare groups who are so good at getting first world celebrities to part with their money. Come on farmers lets rally together to get them to fight the most important fight and not waste our energy (and I say this with huge respect. I do understand why they make you so angry) trying to convince the government they are the right hand of the devil.
Join me in getting them to harness their collective talents to fight for our brothers and sisters who don’t have a future at all.
Another poignant example of our culture of avoidance of our underlying values