"I think everybody has that capacity to stop and think and say, 'If I knew you, I wouldn't eat you.' And in some ways, it really is that simple."
TOM REGAN, PhD, Professor of Philosophy
The Five Freedoms
Few consumers realise how much farming animals for food has changed over the last fifty years. As long ago as 1965, a British report by Professor Brambell (The Brambell Report, UK)(1) established five principles of welfare for farm animals:
(1) Brambell F (Chairman) (1965) “Report of the Technical Committee to Enquire into the Welfare of Animals kept under Intensive Livestock Systems” London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office
These freedoms were regarded as the minimum standard of care that all livestock should enjoy. The intensive system itself patently excludes the possibility of guaranteeing these freedoms.
Australian Codes of Practice for farm animals claim to offer the same basic welfare standards, but provide very little real protection for animals. Legally, Codes of Practice excuse farmers for doing things to animals which would be illegal if they were done to non-production animals(2).
(2) Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld), s 40(1)
Remember, even 'free range' or 'organically reared' animals suffer pain and terror when they are slaughtered for our food. So why not oppose all cruelty and try going vegan!
For a free info pack about going vegetarian or vegan contact:
The Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland
ph: (07) 3300 9320
Thanks to all involved in the production of this and previous editions, particularly Vegan Outreach, Bev Parish and others from Animal Liberation (Queensland), Animals Australia, Precept Communications, Voiceless, Philip Wollen and many others. Photos provided courtesy of: Compassionate Action for Animals; Compassion Over Killing; Farm Sanctuary; Mercy For Animals; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; USDA; Viva! USA; Animals Australia; Animal Liberation (South Australia); Animal Liberation (Queensland); Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania, Jonathan Hallett of Animal Rights Advocates (WA), Emma Haswell of Brightside Animal Sanctuary (Tasmania), and Pat O’Brien of Wildlife Protection Association of Australia. This version updated 2008 by the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland Inc.