On Saturday 9 September, Melbourne Sheep Save in conjunction with Why Animal Rights Matter held a funeral type service for the 10-15 million lambs who die on farms every year around Australia within the first 48 hours of life due largely to malnutrition or exposure.
15 activists each held the body of one of these lambs – each representing 1 million of those who have died this year. Following a short ceremony in the Bourke Street Mall the activists continued up to the Victorian Farmers Federation in a funeral style march. They laid the bodies on the pavement and placed a single red rose on each body. The request was then made to the Victorian Farmers Federation and the general public (who create the demand the farmers meet) to stop the needless death of innocent animals by choosing a cruelty free lifestyle that does not involve the killing of animals.
Following the city event the lambs were all respectfully buried at a vegan property on the outskirts of Melbourne.
On Saturday 26 August animal activists gathered to promote the end of speciesism. As vegans we believe that no one species is more important than another and that all have an equal right to a life free from harm and a premature death.
On Saturday Melbourne Sheep Save held its 2nd rally in the Bourke street. Mall. The people who attended held signs or handed out leaflets. Animal Activist Collective was there with their television screens showing cruelty within the sheep industry and we also had an information desk. Our aim was to educate people regarding the cruelty within the industry and about the only way to avoid cruelty to animals – that way being veganism.
We had a special raffle for a hamper that included almost $300 of cruelty free items. The raffle was to raise money for the vet fees for a 3 week old lamb called Rose. Rose was very ill on Tuesday and had to spend the night at the vet where she was given fluids, had blood tests done and was given antibiotics. A 2nd visit on Friday night was also necessary. The total vet fees came to almost $900. The money we raised went to this cause and, with donations made earlier in the week, the entire vet bill was covered. Thank you to Rose’s carer for looking after her so well. Thank you also to the Cruelty Free Shop, Mrs Monagle’s Ethical Fine Food, Lord of the Fries, Melbourne Chicken Save, Melbourne Pig Save, Animal Liberation Victoria and Animals Australia for their generous donations towards the hamper.
Our message for the rally was that we have a choice – we can choose compassion or cruelty towards animals in the way with live our lives. Veganism is not a difficult lifestyle and is the only one that avoids cruelty to animals. It is up to each of us to make that choice. Which choice will you make?
Once again the media is making light of a sad situation regarding an animal. A lost sheep has befriended a giant ram statue at a saleyard in Western Australia, standing by its side for the past nine days while remaining unclaimed. No one knows where he came from but no one has made an attempt to help him find a home. Although he has water to drink and grass to eat he cannot remain there forever but the saleyard seems happy to leave him there as a tourist attraction. When we asked the saleyard if he could be released to a suitable home we received the reply:
“I would like to inform you that the wether is within the curtilage of the Saleyards and has access to fresh drinking water and green grass. At this stage it has been difficult to catch however we are keeping a close eye on it, to ensure its welfare.”
Green Pastures Sanctuary has offered to take in the sheep and will contact the saleyard. Sheep are flock animals and this individual needs to be with other sheep as made evident by his attempt to befriend the statue. We are hoping that the saleyard will act with compassion and release him to the sanctuary.