The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-26T07:09:20Z New Year's Resolution - be kinder 2018-12-26T07:09:20Z new-years-resolution-be-kinder Dear Editor, Many New Year resolutions are arduous and hard to maintain, but here's an easy and very satisfying one: be kinder in 2019. Most people understand that causing others to suffer is wrong. It's why we cringe when someone hits a child, beats a dog, or shoots a cat. But when it comes to having consciousness, feeling joy, and experiencing pain, all animals—including humans—are the same and limiting our scope of compassion to those that are most familiar to us allows untold cruelties to be inflicted upon billions of animals on the planet each year. No one would choose to live in a cramped, filthy shed and wallow in their own filth. No feeling, sensitive person would choose for their babies to be torn away from them so that another species could steal their milk. And no one would watch their friends bleed out on a slaughterhouse floor and willingly stand in line for their throats to be slit next. We all share the desire to live free from harm. Consuming meat and dairy is unnecessary, and PETA urges everyone to go vegan—right here, right now. By doing so, you'll spare nearly 200 animals a year a terrifying death. There's simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing plant-derived foods instead of meat, eggs, and dairy. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Virbac Australia releases end-of-year findings from its national trace mineral challenge. 2018-12-17T05:21:46Z virbac-australia-releases-end-of-year-findings-from-its-national-trace-mineral-challenge As the year draws to a close, animal health company Virbac Australia has collected all available data on the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12-month program which invites seven Multimin challengers to share their learnings as they reveal the benefits of Multimin, a trace mineral injection for livestock. From beef producers in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, to a dairy producer in Victoria and a Poll Merino breeder in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Virbac’s challengers have being trialing Multimin’s effects. The trial has explored improvements in areas like conception rates and immunity, body conformation, carcass weight and characteristics, incidence of diseases, growth rates and conception times. With the assistance of expert mentors, challengers have received 12 months worth of free Multimin product and a tailored nutrition program developed by leading industry mentors. Each program is aligned to each challenger’s goals and ultimately their bottom line, and challengers have been sharing their program results and experiences online at www.multiminchallenge.com. State by state, some of the key highlights include: QLD: Multimin treated heifers have shown an improved immune response to leptospirosis – and results also showed that animals treated with Multimin and 7 in 1 had higher levels of protection. QLD challenger Don McConnel reports that “animals given Multimin had higher mean antibodies to leptospirosis. On visual appraisal, the animals that have been treated in heifer groups also look in noticeably better condition.” Mentor Matt Ball says that “it’s been great working with Don at Mt Brisbane. We are studying conception rates, immunity, and growth and development responses to trace minerals, and we’ve seen very positive results suggesting that animals treated with Multimin and 7 in 1 had higher levels of protection, with on average higher antibodies to leptospirosis. Heifers also seem to be growing better, with a healthier appearance in the treatment group.” WA: When pregnancy-tested in October, challenger Ryan Willing saw above 90% conception in both groups, with the Multimin-treated animals slightly ahead. Challenge mentor Enoch Bergman reports seeing “fantastic results with Ryan’s cattle. Multimin has proven its worth in this instance and reinforced the importance of investing for the future.” VIC: Multimin played a greater role in supporting calves during their first 12 weeks, says challenger mentor Dr Susan Swaney, who reports that “the Multimin Challenge has given people who have never tried it the chance to see how it performs on their property, and we’ve seen some really great results. We certainly saw differences within the first 12 weeks. The treated calves didn’t seem to suffer from the usual gastric signs that the untreated herd had at the time of weaning. Multimin helped with the adjustment to weaner rations, and they went straight on to the new diet without any issues.” NSW: Challenger mentor Dr Elizabeth Bramley describes Multimin’s impact on sheep weight and carcass characteristics: “The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms to strategic mineral supplementation, which is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth. This strategic approach can better support improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability.” Next year will bring further results for the Multimin challenge. Data due early in 2019 will include weight measurements and MSA grading in steers, pregnancy-testing cows, calving distribution, liver testing, worm egg counts and conception rates. All these factors will influence the performance of livestock and ultimately enhance producer profitability. Challengers are excited to see the longer-term results as they begin to calculate the cost benefit analysis for producers. Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Product Manager at Virbac Australia summarises the impact of those results: “Previous trials have shown that Multimin is able to improve the performance of livestock in these areas. If this is replicated for our challengers, it will have a significant impact on their bottom line.” Judged by both challenge mentors and the public, the winner will be announced in May 2019 and awarded an ‘experience of lifetime’ prize, specifically tailored to their farming system. Exciting results of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will be announced in March 2019. To find out more about how Multimin can improve your livestock performance, contact your local Virbac representative on 1800 242 100. Interested farmers can also sign up for continuing updates on the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge at www.multiminchallenge.com About Multimin Virbac's Multimin Injection is a rapidly absorbed source of trace minerals, which can bypass the rumen for direct uptake into the blood in eight hours. The active ingredients are needed for the body to produce two important antioxidants involved in protecting the reproductive and immune systems. For cattle, it is available as a four in one formulation containing copper, selenium, manganese, and zinc. For sheep producers, it is available with or without copper. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: QLD Multimin Challenger, Don McConnel’s Heifers Enoch Bergman and Tony Murdoch Preg-testing at Ryan Willing's, WA Charles Darwin University is the latest to take part in national trace mineral challenge 2018-12-03T02:31:22Z charles-darwin-university-is-the-latest-to-take-part-in-national-trace-mineral-challenge Charles Darwin University (CDU) is expected to announce livestock pregnancy improvements from participation in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12-month program run by animal health company Virbac Australia. The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge gives seven participants the chance to experience first-hand the benefits of Multimin’s trace mineral injection, with assistance from expert mentors. Challengers receive 12 months of free Multimin product and a tailored nutrition program developed by leading industry mentors – and they’ll also be in the running to win the experience of a lifetime, specifically tailored to their farming system. With each challenger sharing their program results and experiences, Charles Darwin University’s Katherine Rural Campus trial site is the latest to take part. Based 16 km north of Katherine, the site is managed by Jessica Di Pasquale, Alison Haines and Noah Taylor, who together operate a Brahman stud and Brahman/cross breed commercial herd from an on-site farm and stud at the University’s training facility. Their goals are to increase fertility, conception and productivity and improve immunity and health, under the expert guidance of Multimin mentor Dr Amanda Dunn from Katherine Veterinary Care Centre. As part of the trial, 92 non-pregnant adult cows have been assigned one of two treatment groups at random, and have been given either Multimin or no Multimin (control herd) four weeks before bulls were introduced in November. In March 2019, all trial animals will be pregnancy-tested, and the resulting data will measure each cow’s pregnancy status, foetus age and animal weight to determine the effect of Multimin trace minerals. As Jessica explains, “Multimin injection has been scientifically proven to top up trace minerals, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results. We’ll be sharing our observations over the coming months – and as previous field trials have proven that breeders treated with Multimin have significantly higher conception rates earlier in the calving season, we’re expecting to see improved conception at first cycle from these latest trials.” Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Product Manager at Virbac Australia described the Multimin Challenge as an “extraordinary opportunity for farmers to learn more about animal nutrition. Trace minerals are essential elements for healthy sheep and cattle, and we know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have higher requirements for certain trace minerals. This is sure to be a fascinating study into the effects of a new strategic approach for optimal performance management.” The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is also part of Virbac’s ongoing commitment to animal health education, with the company supporting students who have a desire to work in agriculture and rural operations in a number of different ways. Through working with CDU on the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, the company encourages school leavers to get involved in agriculture and rural operations through Agricultural Training Colleges to become an ag specialist or prepare for jobs in rural and regional sectors. In addition, WA mentor Enoch Bergman recently gave five young vets from Murdoch University hands-on experience with preg-testing and the chance to learn more about the Multimin Challenge – and Virbac also takes in 2-3 students per year, providing invaluable work experience to help nurture Australia’s next generation of agricultural specialists. To find out more about how Multimin can improve livestock performance, contact your local Virbac representative on 1800 242 100. Interested farmers can also sign up for continuing updates on the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge at www.multiminchallenge.com/signup/. About Multimin Virbac's trace mineral injection Multimin 4 in 1 for cattle delivers a balanced ratio of four trace minerals, including selenium, copper, manganese and zinc – while Multimin 3 in 1 injection for sheep and cattle contains selenium, manganese and zinc, bypassing the rumen for direct uptake through the blood in eight hours. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Dr Amanda Dunn and Jessica Beckhouse Charles Darwin University Brahman Cattle Brisbane Ends Use of Live Animals in David Jones Christmas Parade 2018-11-27T23:58:40Z brisbane-ends-use-of-live-animals-in-david-jones-christmas-parade BRISBANE ENDS USE OF LIVE ANIMALS IN DAVID JONES CHRISTMAS PARADE Department Store Tells PETA It Won’t Use Deer, Donkeys or Camels in Annual Festivities For Immediate Release: 28 November 2018 Contact: Trafford Smith; 0406-713-994 traffords@peta.org.au Brisbane – Following numerous appeals from PETA, and public protests by Animal Liberation Queensland highlighting that live-animal displays are demonstrably cruel and can be dangerous to the public, department store David Jones has confirmed that it will not include any animals, including deer, donkeys and camels, in its Christmas Parade through the Brisbane Central District this year. “PETA applauds David Jones’ decision, as there’s nothing merry about using animals as holiday ornaments,” says PETA liaison Emily Rice. “Any other stores or venues tempted to exhibit deer or other animals in their parades to follow David Jones’ compassionate lead.” In its correspondence with David Jones, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—pointed out that deer, who naturally shun human contact, endure a perpetual state of discomfort, and stress at such parades. They’re also often trucked from one event to the next and subjected to a constant barrage of strange noises, human activity, and people trying to touch them. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au. Wool Industry in PETA's Crosshairs After New Exposes Show Sheep Mutilated On Farms 2018-11-19T21:41:01Z wool-industry-in-petas-crosshairs-after-new-exposes-show-sheep-mutilated-on-farms For Immediate Release: November 20, 2018 Contact: Trafford Smith 0406 713 994; TraffordS@peta.org.au WOOL INDUSTRY IN PETA'S CROSSHAIRS AFTER NEW EXPOSÉS SHOW SHEEP MUTILATED ON FARMS Two New PETA Asia Investigations Reveal Even More Horrific, Pervasive Abuse in the Wool Industry Melbourne – Two new PETA video exposés recorded on sheep farms in Victoria and New South Wales show workers beating petrified sheep in the face, deliberately mutilating them, and cutting their throats while they were fully conscious. One of the videos shows a farm manager carving swaths of flesh from lambs' hindquarters with shears as they struggle and cry out. It also shows workers cutting and burning off their tails with a hot knife and no painkillers. A second video, shot by a PETA Asia eyewitness, reveals even more abuse: shearers are seen striking sheep in the face with sharp metal clippers, kneeling on their stomachs, and throwing them about. One worker bragged that he once "hit one [sheep] so hard I knocked it out. F**ked it under the jaw a bit too hard." "PETA and its international affiliates have now revealed extreme cruelty to sheep at 99 operations on four continents around the world. We've shown that sheep are beaten, kicked, slammed into the floor, cut up, and mutilated and often die in appalling ways – all for a sweater," says PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. "PETA is appealing to all members of the public who care about animals to show that they oppose such ghastly abuse by going wool-free." PETA Asia has asked Australian law-enforcement officials to investigate the findings for violations of each state's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and to file appropriate charges. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear" – notes that these new videos mark the 10th and 11th global exposés of the wool industry published by PETA or its affiliates. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au. PETA To Bunnings: Ditch The Meat, Leave The Onions 2018-11-14T21:48:09Z peta-to-bunnings-ditch-the-meat-leave-the-onions For Immediate Release: 15 November 2018 Contact: Trafford Smith 0406 713 994; TraffordS@peta.org.au PETA TO BUNNINGS: DITCH THE MEAT, LEAVE THE ONIONS Group Urges Hardware Store to Take Meaningful Action to Protect Its Customers by Going Meat-Free Melbourne – Following the news that Bunnings is ramping up health and safety regulations for its iconic weekend sausage sizzles – by recommending that onion be placed underneath sausages to prevent any falling out and creating a slipping hazard – PETA has written to the chain's managing director, Michael Schneider, to point out that the greatest danger lies with the sausages, not the onions. The group is urging the hardware chain to switch to vegan sausages and, as an added incentive, has offered to host a celebratory vegan sausage sizzle if its suggestion is accepted. "Stray onions on the floor may cause the occasional slip, but it's the sausage meat that poses the real danger: The World Health Organization has classified processed meat as a carcinogen in the same category as cigarettes," writes PETA Outreach and Partnerships Liaison Emily Rice. "Researchers estimate that in 2020, 2.4 million people globally will die of causes associated with the consumption of red or processed meat, while the health-care costs for red meat–related illnesses will hit US$285 billion (AU$395 billion)." PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" – notes that vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Each person who goes vegan also dramatically reduces his or her carbon footprint and spares numerous animals daily suffering and a terrifying death. More than 500 million land animals are killed for their flesh every year in Australia – they're strung upside down, and their throats are slit, often while they're still conscious. A copy of PETA's letter can be found here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au. Lucky Guyra farmer James Stewart named winner of Virbac Australia’s Tridectin® Platinum Ticket promotion 2018-11-09T04:40:38Z lucky-guyra-farmer-james-stewart-named-winner-of-virbac-australias-tridectin-r-platinum-ticket-promotion Guyra sheep producer James Stewart was one of the first farmers in Australia to purchase Tridectin, the latest sheep drench from Virbac Australia that’s being heralded as a huge break-thru in the fight against worms. Tridectin is the world’s only broad-spectrum combination drench with a registered claim to kill triple-resistant and monepantel-resistant worms. As a result, it provides a reliable, safe and effective worming solution that guarantees healthier, more productive sheep. On opening his pack, James received an extra special surprise. To celebrate Tridectin’s launch, Virbac has been running a special ‘Platinum Ticket’ promotion – and James was one of three lucky winners to find a platinum ticket, which were randomly placed inside the first ever batch of Tridectin. James has won himself a pair of Samsung Gear VR Goggles (as featured in the Tridectin TV commercial) – and Virbac will also be donating $500 to local charity Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, as nominated by James. Virbac Australia Sheep Product Manager Terrance Laughlin had this to say on James’s win. “This has been a really fun and engaging way to mark the launch of Tridectin. A big well done to James. We hope he’ll get just as much pleasure from using his VR Goggles as he will from seeing the benefits of Tridectin on his animals’ health.” Ends For more information contact: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au QLD Graziers pair up with Virbac Australia to host informative field day 2018-11-07T00:01:40Z qld-graziers-pair-up-with-virbac-australia-to-host-informative-field-day Mt Brisbane Droughtmaster graziers Don and Andrea McConnel are set to host a field day on November 17. Don McConnel is competing in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12 month program run by Virbac Australia that sees seven farmers experience first-hand the benefits of injectable trace minerals with the assistance of expert veterinarian mentors. Mr McConnel said he is looking forward to hosting a field day to give local graziers the opportunity to speak with key company representatives and to trial trusted cattle health products. “The event will cover information on drenches, fly tags and ID tags as well as give fellow graziers the opportunity to trial cattle injectable products that I’ve had fantastic results with on our property,” Mr McConnel said. “I have been fortunate to be selected to compete in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge and am excited to share my observations so far.” Held from 9.30am on Saturday 17 November 2018, expert guest speakers will cover tick management, chemical use and rotation, fly tags, NLIS and ID tags and insights on the differences Don has seen in his Multimin treated cattle v a non-treated herd. Speakers include Virbac Technical Services Veterinarian Dr Matt Ball, South East Country Veterinarian Dr Bill Roughan, Anthony Feez from Y-TEX, Trevor Wilcox from Zee Tags and Don McConnel. Mr McConnel would like to extend a warm invitation to media to attend this event, and will, of course, provide opportunities for interviews with key stakeholders. What: Multimin Challenger Field Day When: 9.30am on Saturday, 17 November 2018 Where: “Mt Brisbane”, Mt Byron Road, Crossdale QLD 4312 Media Opportunities: Interview and photograph opportunities with: Key speakers Virbac representatives Attendee representatives Click here for further information. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Multimin Challenger Don McConnel Horses dying for entertainment 2018-11-06T10:43:47Z horses-dying-for-entertainment Dear Editor, "Euthanise". "Put down". "Put out of his misery". All polite terms to disguise the fact that the stallion Cliffsofmoreh was killed after suffering a fractured right shoulder during the Melbourne Cup. This was a totally needless death, yet another example of animals suffering to amuse often intoxicated punters. Before they've even finished maturing, these 500-kilogram animals are forced to race at breakneck speeds while being whipped and pushed past their limits, supported on ankles as small as those of humans. Cliffsofmoreh was the sixth horse to die due to the Melbourne Cup since 2013. Two other horses were found to be lame after the race, another suffered lacerations after crashing into Cliffsofmoreh, and a fourth horse suffered an internal bleed. Of course, horses die at lower-profile racing events all the time: During the last racing year 119 were pronounced dead on Australian tracks– that’s one animal every three days. They die of cardiac arrest, haemorrhaging, ruptured aortas, and broken necks, legs, or pelvises, and that’s without mentioning the thousands of horses bred for the industry who don’t make the grade and are abandoned, neglected, or sent to slaughter. Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, a race in which horses routinely die is fundamentally un-Australian. While public holidays give Aussies a break, horses are breaking legs. It’s time for the nation to stop the race. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay, NSW 2481 +61 411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au NSW sheep grazier trials innovative methods to combat drought 2018-10-30T22:46:06Z nsw-sheep-grazier-trials-innovative-methods-to-combat-drought A NSW sheep grazier has just revealed the details of a new animal health program he’s recently implemented to boost livestock performance in the face of the state’s recent and widespread drought. Farmer Alex Willson and his wife Steph run ‘Kalaree Poll Merino’, a stud in the Southern Tablelands region of NSW. They breed fine/medium Poll Merinos over three properties– yet challenging weather conditions have forced the drought-affected farmer to take new steps to ensure the survival, welfare and profitability of his stock. “Currently we are experiencing a very dry year with just under half of our annual rainfall” says Alex, “and so we’ve implemented a range of measures to combat these difficult conditions and keep our animals alive.” Alex explains how the first of these measures, the introduction of lick feeders, has already had an impact. “Instead of trail feeding, we’ve invested in feeders to give our ewes and growing lambs consistent access to grain, which is a ration of wheat and buffer pellets. Since doing that, we’ve seen a decrease in mis-mothering, a consistent condition score in our ewes, an improvement in milking, and generally better health in both lambs and ewes.” Following advice from Delta Agribusinness agronomist James Cheetham, Alex has planted highly productive grazing crops including Ascend Ryegrass, grazing wheat and Hyola 970 Canola. “These varieties have been better able to make use of what little rain we’ve had this year, providing targeted grazing to carry us through the worst parts of the drought and importantly add value to our business by finishing stock at record prices”. Alex also made the decision to move away from cross-breeds and focus primarily on merinos. “For us it’s about increasing our scale as a single enterprise. Moving to an all merino ewe base enables us to take advantage of their wool and meat production – and we avoid seasonal vulnerabilities and getting caught having to carry ewes and lambs through winter. We also made the decision to sell our cows which has proven a wise move due to the ongoing dry.” He explains how the introduction of a nutritional supplementation program (developed by Matthew Hallam of Landmark) has played an important role in maintaining animal health. “We’ve added AD&E pre -lambing, a starch based loose lick high in calcium and magnesium, and a starch based lick for lambs on grazing crops to improve rumen function.” In addition, Alex is also running his own trial with Multimin trace mineral injection, as part of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12-month program run by animal health company Virbac Australia. The trial gives a group of seven farmers, including Alex, the chance to experience first-hand the benefits of Multimin injection, with assistance from expert mentors. Challengers receive a tailored nutrition program developed by leading industry mentors – and each challenger is sharing their Multimin program results and experiences on social media (#multiminchallenge), with a winner announced in May 2019 as judged by the challenge mentors and public. Under the supervision of Cooinda Vet Hospital vet Dr Elizabeth Bramley, Alex is currently treating 355 of 710 lambs with Multimin 3 in 1 trace mineral injection for sheep, with the other half used as a control group. After a first treatment in September, they’ll be weighed again next month prior to processing, to measure average weight gain of treated v untreated lambs. Alex is looking forward to gaining greater insight into the effects of using Multimin. “This is set to be a very informative trial, and I’m proud to be a part of this study”, he says. “We’re hoping that Multimin can effectively increase the immunity and production of our lambs, and that we’ll see an increase in weight gain triggered by greater overall health.” Virbac Product Manager and nutritionist Dr Jerry Liu is eager to see the upcoming results. “When used strategically during periods of high demand, Multimin has been shown to optimise fertility and immunity in livestock. However, formally trialing the product in such challenging drought conditions on a real, well-managed property will provide a lot of scientific insight for the future. We should always seek best practice and look for innovative ways to face some of the challenges we have in livestock. The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is a unique opportunity for innovative graziers like Alex to observe the benefits of following a program like this.” As Jerry explains, Multimin contains three trace minerals that aid in reproduction and immunocompetence, via a balanced ratio of zinc, manganese and selenium that bypasses the rumen for direct uptake from the blood. Multimin is designed to ‘top up’ essential trace mineral levels during high demand periods, such as joining, lambing, weaning and for young growing stock. “Increasing optimal levels of trace minerals in young sheep will have an impact for the farmer’s profitability and return on investment,” he continues. “Multimin assists with improving animal health, and hence maximises their production potential. The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge has given Alex the opportunity to improve both livestock performance and ultimately his financial bottom line.” To find out more about how Multimin can improve livestock performance, contact your local stockist or Vibac on 1800 242 100. Interested farmers can sign up for continuing updates on the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge at www.multiminchallenge.com/signup/. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Alex Willson, NSW Multimin Challenger Dr Jerry Liu, Virbac Product Manager and nutritionist The nation that stops the race 2018-10-24T12:40:14Z the-nation-that-stops-the-race Dear Editor, A Sydney hotel is winning acclaim for hosting an event next month called "F*** The Cup". They won’t be alone in catering for those of us who would rather go for a root canal than watch horses being whipped. Events that boycott the Melbourne cup grow in number and popularity every year – and for good reason. Ever since Archer won the first Melbourne Cup while injured – in a race in which two other horses died – countless horses have sustained catastrophic injuries on the racetrack. Between July 2017 and July 2018, 119 horses died on Australian racecourses and hundreds more were injured. Forcing horses to run at breakneck speeds while being whipped is gambling with their lives. Those who survive to the end of their racing days, which comes when they're still quite young, are often discarded, slaughtered, and sold for their flesh. There's nothing "sporting" about animals suffering and dying on the track. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Billboard for cruelty 2018-10-08T00:08:14Z billboard-for-cruelty Dear Editor, The public are rightly outraged over the decision of the NSW government to allow horse racing advertisements on the sails of the Opera House. What’s next – booze ads on the walls of hospitals? Betting odds displayed on ATM screens? The architect who drew up the Opera House’s recent plan to preserve its identity warned that going ahead with the proposal was akin to "throwing garbage" at the Australian landmark. Garbage indeed – horse racing is a vile industry, in which on average one horse dies on Australian racetracks every three days. Horses are raced too young and too hard and their bones are not up to the immense impact and stress. They routinely suffer from injuries, lameness, and exhaustion. Horses are whipped and forced to run at break neck speeds. To keep them running when they should be recuperating, they may be given painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs. All this often leads to broken legs and death. We should not be promoting this cruelty and violence anywhere, let alone all over Australia’s most iconic building. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay, NSW 2481 +61 411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au WA farmer finds strategic drenching is the key to cattle worm eradication. 2018-09-16T22:39:32Z wa-farmer-finds-strategic-drenching-is-the-key-to-cattle-worm-eradication Internal parasite infestation is the single most important disease faced by Australia’s red meat producers – and for Western Australia, the most damaging worm parasite is the brown stomach worm (Ostertagia ostertagi). Infestation is a particular issue for the region’s wetter south-western areas and on cattle-only properties, and with worms being present in most herds, they can dramatically reduce growth rates, especially in young cattle. The brown stomach worm is particularly prevalent during the winter months, with larvae numbers peaking between May and July. Following higher levels of autumn rainfall, eggs in freshly deposited dung can rapidly increase worm larvae, and the extra worm burden results in a check in growth rates and financially damaging production losses. Cattle showing symptoms of brown stomach worm have ‘ostertagiosis’, and its presence is often signified by symptoms like diarrhoea, reduced appetite and anorexia. With MLA estimates suggesting that effective control of Ostertagia can increase the sale weight of weaners by up to 60 kg[1], the eradication of worm parasites is clearly a financial concern, as well as being an animal health and welfare issue. Dr Matthew Ball, veterinarian of 18 years and Technical Services Manager for animal health company Virbac Australia describes some of the key measures farmers should undertake to prevent worm infection. “Firstly, it’s important to know which types of worms occur on your farm, and the seasons where they pose the highest risk, so you can arm yourself with the knowledge to more effectively combat worms on your property.” He also says that it’s important to regularly monitor the worm status of livestock, especially for higher risk stock like weaners during high risk seasons. Improving their nutrition will also make them better able to fight off a parasite infestation, he reveals. “Next, a quarantine drenching of all new arrivals should be an essential component of your biosecurity plan,” continues Matthew. “When you’re purchasing stock, it’s also a good idea to request an animal health statement. That way you’re clear on the stock vendor’s level of assurance concerning their disease status.” Good grazing management is key, and young animals (who are most vulnerable to worms) should be allocated the lowest contaminated pastures. Finally, he says, strategic drenches at key times of year can make a huge difference. For WA farmers Ryan and Elisha Willing, who run 2,500 hectares 130 km east of Esperance, strategic drenching has been pivotal in their efforts to eradicate worms. As Ryan explains, worms have been a particular problem for their livestock, and their perennial pastures have made their 900 Black Angus breeders and 900 calves more susceptible to ongoing issues with parasite burdens like worms. “Unfortunately, we have pretty much every kind of worm here,” says Ryan. After reading about Cydectin Long Acting Injection for Cattle six years ago, he immediately began using it as part of his strategic drenching program. “Initially I did a small trial with a control group, and I saw a significant growth rate difference. Since then I’ve used it across the board with all my stock.” The product is known for its unbeatable potency and persistency, and it provides the longest protection available against a range of internal and external parasites, including worms. No other endectocide can match Cydectin LA Injectable for lasting control of roundworms (protects for 112 days against Ostertagia), cattle ticks, lice and mites, all without influencing the development of immunity against worms. In an added bonus, Cydectin has no known effect on dung beetles, demonstrated to have no impact on larvae or adult beetle emergence – which means it contributes to cleaner pastures without impacting the role of this important agricultural ecosystem. Ryan describes how his property’s treatment program operates at key moments, twice per year, beginning during weaning in December, which Ryan says is when calves often pick up worms from their mothers. “They’re also going into a high-stress environment after weaning, so this is an important time to gain greater control over their health.” Essentially, treatment during this time prevents larvae developing to adult worms, and a single summer injection with Cydectin LA can greatly inhibit worm contamination. “We use head baling for Cydectin,” he reports, “which is perhaps a bit more time consuming than pour-on, but it’s really not that hard, just a simple injection behind the ear and you’re done.” Ryan’s livestock are again treated in May, as they move into winter. “This together with the first treatment in December is normally sufficient to protectthem through the entire 12 month cycle,” he says. “The best thing about Cydectin LA is that it offers a long-acting, long control period, which is very important for our young cattle, as that’s when they’re growing the hardest. They need all the help they can get at this time, particularly as they’re grazing on tight green pastures during summer.” Ryan says the results with Cydectin have been phenomenal. “We’ve seen fantastic growth rates in our young animals, and also great conception rates amongst our heifers. For me Cydectin LA is one very important part of the big picture – which is keeping the animals healthy, and keeping their growth rate optimal. Our animals just look healthier, their coats are shinier and that’s even been commented on by our suppliers and customers.” Treating for worms at the right time, with the right product will maximise the return on investment – so Virbac Australia recommends using Cydectin LA Injectable when conditions favour them most, particularly during wet conditions. For Technical Services Manager Dr Matthew Ball, this kind of careful, considered approach is fundamental for success. “A strategic worm control program at key moments during the year will effectively reduce the impact of worms, eradicating them from cattle while also minimising the levels of infective worm larvae on pasture. It really is the best form of defense against this potentially devastating disease.” To find out why there’s nothing like Cydectin LA, farmers are encouraged to talk to their local rural supplier. For more information, visit au.virbac.com. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Elisha and Ryan Willing Ryan Willing treating with Cydectin LA Injection for Cattle [1] The MLA Cattle Parasite Atlas (2005) VICTORY: FOREVER NEW JOINS LIST OF BRANDS BANNING MOHAIR AFTER PETA EXPOSÉ 2018-09-13T00:05:08Z victory-forever-new-joins-list-of-brands-banning-mohair-after-peta-expose For Immediate Release: 13 September 2018 Contact: Emma Hurst 0403 022 532; EmmaH@peta.org.au VICTORY: FOREVER NEW JOINS LIST OF BRANDS BANNING MOHAIR AFTER PETA EXPOSÉ Australian Retailer Phases Out the Cruelly Obtained Material Sydney – A recent PETA Asia investigation of the mohair industry in South Africa – the source of more than 50 per cent of the world's mohair – has prompted dozens of top international retailers to ban the cruelly obtained material. And now, Australian fashion giant Forever New – which has more than 250 stores in 10 countries as well as an online store that ships internationally – has joined the list. "Mohair does not meet our requirements," the company stated, assuring PETA that it prides itself on taking care in sourcing the materials used in its garments. PETA's exposé, which is the first of its kind and encompasses 12 farms visited in January and February of this year, shows workers dragging goats by the horns and legs and lifting them off the floor by the tail, which could break their spines. Goat kids who were being shorn for the first time cried out in fear. Afterwards, workers threw them across the floor. In August, South Africa's National Council of SPCAs filed cruelty-to-animals charges against four angora goat farmers based on PETA Asia's evidence. The national police force is investigating the farmers – as well as shearers and other farmworkers. "Forever New recognises that no jumper or scarf is worth the blood, fear, and cries of gentle baby goats – and all other retailers should, too," says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. "PETA is reminding shoppers to check clothing labels carefully and to leave any item with mohair in it on the rack." PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear" – notes that many goats' sensitive ears were mutilated with tattoo pliers, which left them screaming in pain. Shearers – who are paid by volume, not by the hour – worked quickly and carelessly, leaving goats cut up and bleeding. Workers roughly stitched them up without giving them any pain relief. Farmers admitted that after shearing, many goats die from exposure to the cold wind and rain – 40,000 reportedly died from exposure across South Africa in just one weekend. Unwanted goats also died in agonising ways: on one farm, a worker slowly cut the throats of fully conscious goats with a dull knife and then broke their necks, hacking one animal's head right off. Other goats were hauled to an abattoir, where they were electrically shocked, hung upside down, and slashed across the throat. Forever New's policy extends to its Ever New stores in Melbourne and Canada. The company joins nearly 300 other major retailers worldwide – including Gap, H&M, Topshop, Gorman, ASOS, UNIQLO, and Esprit – that have banned mohair in response to PETA Asia's investigation. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au. # Eggs are sickening 2018-09-11T03:27:17Z eggs-are-sickening Dear Editor, Australians are being warned about an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis which has led to a recall of eggs. Symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, usually about six to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten. There is a simple solution: don’t eat eggs. Birds exploited for their eggs are crammed together in wire cages without sufficient room even to spread one wing. Because the hens are packed together so tightly, these normally clean animals are forced to urinate and defecate on one another. The birds have part of their sensitive beaks cut off so that they won’t peck each other out of the frustration created by this unnatural confinement. Because the male chicks of these birds are unable to lay eggs and are not bred to produce the excessive flesh demanded by the meat industry, they are gassed to death with carbon dioxide or ground up alive immediately after hatching. Females follow their mothers into a short, miserable life of confinement. After their bodies are worn out and their egg production drops, they are transported to slaughter. It is common for birds to sustain broken wings and legs from rough handling, and many die from the stress of the journey. At the abattoir, the birds’ legs are forced into shackles, their throats are cut and they are plunged into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers. Because of the automated slaughter lines, many chickens are still conscious when their throats are cut, and others die from being scalded in the feather-removal tanks after missing the throat cutter. If you want to dodge food poisoning, and save up to 200 chickens from this grisly fate every year, avoid eggs like the plague. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 desmondb@peta.org.au