"As RSPCA Australia’s own policy officer, Jed Goodfellow, wrote on 16 July, reporting cruelty immediately after each incident does not typically result in any substantive action. He noted, "With the PETA shearing shed investigation, for example, if PETA had taken footage of one shearer punching one sheep in the nose and provided that footage to authorities, it’s likely that there would be no significant response". He also agreed that it takes time to document routine or widespread cases of animal abuse.
A new film by Aussie farms provides a comprehensive exposé of the Australian pig farming industry. Chris Delforce, writer and producer of Lucent, tells Alison Waters about the disturbing findings that undercover footage has revealed – the diseased and distressed sows; the dead and dying piglets; the painful procedures performed on piglets without anaesthesia; the beatings and abuse inflicted on pigs by workers; and the overcrowding and cannibalism.
An increasing number of people see zoos themselves as inherently problematic, and argue that even the best-funded, most conservation-minded institutions in which animals are kept on display should go the way of the dodo….