Happy new year all, and welcome to the first links roundup for 2010. Aside from the unfortunate ramming and sinking of the Sea Shepherd speedboat the Ady Gil (formerly the Earthrace 2000) last week (which, according to whaling industry spokesman Glen Inwood did not happen), not much has happened on the animal rights front in these first two weeks of 2010.
- Care of Animal Blawg, check out these elephant ‘training’ photographs.
- RedAlert wonders whether the ‘food’ that ‘we’ eat is safe. And by ‘food’ they mean ‘chickens’. And by safe, they mean ‘yeah, probably not so safe‘.
- Erik Marcus of Vegan.com claims that welfare reforms shrink the animal industries. The Solution is not persuaded.
- Francione makes some suggestions about how to ease towards veganism (not by going vegetarian, interestingly).
- Milk is cheap – as are the lives of immigrant workers in the American dairy industry.
- The SPCA ‘bungled‘ an investigation into animal cruelty, by allowing commercial television filming of the search. I suggest, however, that the blame lies with the government has charged an under-resourced, under-funded, under-supported charity (that receives no government funding) with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
- The second episode of the BBC World Service’s ‘Animals and Us’ ends with an endorsement of veganism. The world is vegan, if you want it.
I began the roundup with links to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society press releases. In the spirit of symmetry, then, I will end by noting that Coexisting with Nonhuman Animals has less time for the Sea Shepherds’ activities – it’s ‘pranks’ and ‘stunts’ – than I. The podcast notes the danger of their activities, and calls them immature and irresponsible. To borrow a phrase from Gary Francione (‘If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine how difficult it is for animals that you are not’): If you think that the Sea Shepherds’ activities are dangerous, imagine how dangerous it is for the animals when the Sea Shepherds cannot intervene. The Sea Shepherds’ direct action – although at times perhaps of dubious legality under maritime law – temporarily prevents illegal and unethical whaling.
And because of that, not its technical brilliance, I am saddened by the loss of the Ady Gil.
I’m interested in our readers’ thoughts on recent animal rights/welfare/law news, and especially on the Sea Shepherds’ activities. And if you have any links that you’d like to share with other readers of the Solution that I’ve missed: Post away.