I normally keep 'politics' and my blogging completely separate, but animal welfare is so close to my heart and too big a problem in New Zealand not to ignore.
Today Andrew and I went along to our first ever protest march! These marches against factory farming happened all around New Zealand today; here in Christchurch I was so impressed with the massive turnout; Every corner we turned, you couldn't see the end of the massive line of people as far as the eye could see!...It's times like these that I am so proud to be a kiwi girl, because people care so much!
I spent my Friday afternoon making a protest sign whilst getting some funny looks in the design suite as I photoshopped the Prime Ministers face in egg yolk! This was all for a great cause however; loopholes within the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act ensures that where there is money to be made, most standards go out the window and this ensures abuse and cruelty towards farm animals. It is time politicians listen to its citizens when we say that things drastically need to change.
We live in a country where over 100 million animals every year suffer in pain, fear, filth and abuse before making it to our plates. Chickens, pigs and other intensively farmed animals are confined to tiny cages with literally no room to move at all. These are intelligent, thinking, feeling beings full of personality and life. No living creature deserves to live and die like this. This is not farming, this is not commerce, this is cruelty and abuse.
SAFE are far better at telling you in a nutshell what is really happening in our farming industry than I am, so head over to their website and have a look. If animal abuse doesn't sit well with you, please think hard about what it is you are putting in your mouth. There are more wallet friendly free range pork and egg products on supermarket shelves, so read the labels carefully when you are out shopping. Another option is trying a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle like I do- I have a clean conscience with every bite I take! Last but not least, Animals have no voice, so we have to speak up for them...The biggest way you can do this is by checking out different political parties animal welfare policies, and making your vote count this election year :)