As 2012 came to a close, Brian Sherman reflected on this landmark year for animals in an article published by The Sydney Morning Herald. "It's been a landmark year for the animals. Public and media concern for the 500 million sentient beings that are mass-produced for food each year in Australia has never been higher and is now backed in some instances by regulatory muscle."
Tasmania is surpassing other Australian State and Territories through its proactive review of its Animal Welfare Act 1993 (TAS), widening the gap between ethical animal laws and the rest of the nation. The Tasmanian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are undertaking a review of the Act.
In this, the first in a series of blogs, co-founder and Managing Director of Voiceless, Ondine Sherman, reflects on her recent move to Israel. "Although I was immersed in the moving and settling process, my perspective on animals remained and passion had not diminished. Everything I think, say and do is coloured by my love for animals and subsequent pain for their human-induced suffering," writes Ondine.
On Wednesday 28 November, Voiceless celebrated the progress of the animal protection movement at the annual Voiceless Awards where Voiceless Patrons, Ambassadors, Council members, prize finalists and other special guests gathered to highlight milestones made within the movement and what lies ahead.
It can sometimes feel as though the fight to end factory farming is insurmountable. However there are some aspects of factory farming that have been successfully relegated to the history books in other countries. These practices have been deemed cruel and unnecessary in this modern era and while their banishment in other nations is cause for hope, astonishingly Australia still clings to some of these practices despite consumer demands and international markets turning away from the cruelty.