1. Cried a little when reading some back story stuff on Tallygarunga. It's a great emotional scene with Tamarah Blair telling her father and sister that she's gay. Some of the stuff reminds me of my family; not the gay part really, but the righteous anger bit.
2. Started Listening to Elliot Freeman perform Get Together by the Beatles. So far, it's not my favorite Elliot Freeman performance. Since I usually love his singing, I'll blame the song. Or maybe he and the song aren't a good match? Of course, it's just my opinion. Other people might love it.
3. Wanted to say that if Australians think they're more into sports than Americans, they should see my Facebook news feed and the emails going back and forth in my family.
4. Started to read article about PETA offering to pay for video monitoring in all foreign abattoirs. My viewpoint on PETA is really starting to change. I thought of them as a bunch of fanatics who think somehow they can get all people to stop using animal products. But maybe I misjudged them. Or maybe they're realizing that they're goals were too lofty, and they're making more realistic ones. I think it's a reasonable request and a generous offer. I need to read more though to get the full picture.
PETA wrote to Julia Gillard. They thanked her for helping to stop transport to Indonesia. But they said it needs to go beyond that. Indonesia isn't unique. There's likely to be abuse in other countries as well. I totally agree with them there. I think it's foolish to assume that abuse is happening only in Indonesia.
PETA says they will raise the funds for the cameras to go all over the world. I was wondering if they'd have enough money to pay for all that. How much would it cost?
Is this a genuine offer they're making, or is it one of those empty offers? It could be some kind of message. They might be trying to say that there's much more abuse out there than what happens to be caught on film. Abuse has been revealed in Indonesia recently. A few years back, there was evidence of horrific abuse in the Middle East.
Maybe what PETA is really pushing for is the end of live transport. But they're saying if you won't do that, we'll need to video tape every abattoir to make sure the animals are treated okay. It's like they're offering something unrealistic in hopes that the government takes the banning-live-transport route instead.
5. Struggled to think of an analogy for the PETA thing. I think I have one. Every so often Jack will complain about brushing his teeth. He's okay with doing it once a day, but is resistant to having to do it twice. Or sometimes he'll complain about walking when we want to take a walk. If I'm in a bad mood, I'll start to threaten him. Well, if you don't want to exercise, then you can't be eating treats. We're going to have to stop eating ice-cream and candy. You can't eat that stuff if you're not going to be active. We'll stop buying it all together!
I love treats and would hate to have us give them up. So I'm always hoping (and counting on) the fact that Jack will give in, walk with us, and stop complaining.
In the same way, I think PETA would prefer that the government just do away with the live transport. Otherwise, it's going to cost PETA a lot of money to get all those cameras installed.
6. Read article that says Julia Gillard won't be meeting with the Dalai Lama when he visits Canberra. Why? Is she too busy? Is she afraid he's going to lecture her on gay rights, animal cruelty, and asylum seekers?
People in the comment section have various ideas. Kay thinks it's because Gillard's an atheist. Why should she meet a spiritual leader. Okay, but this is a woman who bragged about knowing scripture. Also, just because she's an atheist; it doesn't mean she should ignore leaders who are religious.
Deany thinks Gillard is avoiding a meeting because she doesn't want to anger China. I wonder if there's any truth to that.
7. Started to read an editorial by Lynn White from Animals Australia. It's harsh and disturbing. It's a major lashing for Meat and Livestock Australia and Livecorp. She's saying they knew what was going on for a long time, and did nothing. Now there's a public outcry and it seems they're still trying to avoid responsibility.
I love this line from White. I am regularly asked how workers in Egypt and Indonesia could succumb to such depravity. The more pertinent question is how Australia's live export industry could knowingly be a party to it.