The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-30T04:50:22Z Keep them closed 2020-05-30T04:50:22Z keep-them-closed The Editor Dear Editor, Frigid temperatures and cramped conditions have made meat-processing plants COVID-19 hotspots. Cedar Meats in Melbourne was recently closed down for a month after it recorded 111 cases of the disease. Meanwhile, Queensland’s Dinmore beef processing plant has closed for a week, citing market volatility and a shortage of victims to kill. The slaughterhouse normally kills about 13,700 cows per week. Isn't it time now to shut down each and every one of these facilities – and filthy, rotten factory farms too? As long as they remain open, tens of thousands of animals will be killed and workers, their families and the whole community will be put at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus. No one needs meat. In fact, the consumption of animal flesh is linked to a host of health problems that are among the leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. For the sake of animals, workers, and the public, let's close these dangerous facilities. And then let's keep them closed after lockdown by choosing vegan meals, for which no one had to die. Sincerely, Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Adviser PETA Australia PO Box 20308, World Square Sydney NSW 2002 (08) 8556 5828 mimib@peta.org.au Caring is a sackable offence 2020-05-26T12:11:38Z caring-is-a-sackable-offence The Editor, The Editor, Shock, horror: a bureaucrat who worked at DFAT’s Agricultural Development and Food Security section follows the social media pages of animal protection groups! Dr Julie Delforce—a senior sector specialist in DFAT’s agricultural and food division—has resigned from the Department after being stood down for "following" her son’s website, Aussie Farms. In a year of budgeting bungles and dubious funding allocations, we should be pleased to learn that Dr Delforce is well-educated in aspects of animal welfare. As fair-minded Australians, we should support the employment of compassionate, informed people in our public service. Their insight might just help prevent the routine abuse of animals on Australian farms—the sort that would be illegal if enacted on household dogs or cats—and which often stays undocumented due to coercive ag-gag laws. If more of us could see the way that animals bellow for their stolen children, suffer intense confinement and fight for their lives, we would go vegan today. We can all support Aussie farmers by purchasing healthy, climate-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients from fruit and vegetable producers, and transition away from cruel animal "products" immediately. For a free vegan starter kit, visit www.PETA.org.au. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Experts warn: don’t forget your pet as lockdown lifts 2020-05-22T03:53:06Z experts-warn-don-t-forget-your-pet-as-lockdown-lifts Pet owners are being urged to plan ahead for their pets as they return to the office after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Cats and dogs around Australia are likely to face a stressful adjustment period as pet owners venture back to work and school over the next few months.  Pet adoption numbers have skyrocketed since the coronavirus pandemic resulted in Australia-wide lockdown restrictions. This adds concerns that new pet owners may not know how to include their adopted furry friend into a post-lockdown lifestyle. Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is encouraging Aussie pet owners to factor their pet into their post-lockdown plans.  ‘Our pets have loved having us at home and the additional time we have been spending with them,’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘but we will need to ease them back into our regular routines properly or else they could develop behavioural issues. This can lead to undesirable behaviours like chewing and barking or separation anxiety.’ ‘It’s important that pet owners set aside some extra time to continue to exercise, play and bond with their pets.’ To encourage pet owners to continue to spend time with their pets, Pawshake has launched a free 7-Day Challenge to help pet owners ease their cat or dog into the next phase with a fun and healthy routine. The 7-Day Challenge includes games, training lessons and handy tips to help humans and pets adjust to post-lockdown life and keep them physically and mentally challenged.  Each day’s challenge arrives straight in your inbox and can be done from the comfort of home, using everyday items from around the house. Most of the challenges take less than ten minutes to complete. The 7-Day Challenge has been created by Pawshake dog and cat experts, and is designed to be fun and healthy for pets. Highlights include building giant box castles and slow feeders for your cat, to homemade treats and teaching your dog to help around the house by closing drawers. Humans will benefit, too, with each challenge designed to celebrate the daily joy that can be found from spending quality time with your pet. The Pawshake 7-Day Challenge can be joined for free here. For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager: sharon@pawshake.com Australian Community Manager: jessica@pawshake.com 7-Day Challenge: https://mailchi.mp/pawshake/7-day-challenge https://www.pawshake.com.au/ AIRNORTH ASSISTS IN TRANSPORTING 10 GREYHOUNDS FROM DARWIN TO PERTH AFTER DIFFICULTY DUE TO COVID-19 2020-05-16T07:49:22Z airnorth-assists-in-transporting-10-greyhounds-from-darwin-after-difficulty-due-to-covid-19 Greyhound Adoptions WA (GAWA) put out an urgent call on Facebook on 4 May asking for the public’s help in transporting 10 greyhounds from Darwin that are currently in the care of the Greyhound Rehoming Association NT (GRANT). There are not enough foster homes or adoption enquires in Darwin and the dogs were waiting in limbo. GAWA had tried every possible avenue to get these dogs to Perth but the COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on flights made it extremely difficult. The airlines and limited flights that are currently operating between Darwin & Perth could not accommodate the large crate size needed for a greyhound. GAWA were quoted $50K for a charter flight which is a lot of money for a non-for-profit organisation. Every option was considered, including road transport via dog & horse transport companies, sending volunteers up to get the dogs and drive back in hire cars, even contacting the Army for assistance! A few days later, Airnorth came through and committed to sort out the issues so they could fit the large crates. GAWA were absolutely thrilled. Airnorth say “they are delighted to assist with the repatriation of up to 10 retired greyhounds by sponsoring the costs associated with transportation from Darwin to Perth”. This initiative is together with Dogtainers, both Airnorth & Dogtainers have been wonderful and GAWA are so grateful for their help and generosity. GAWA Chairperson Toni Donnelly says “on behalf of GAWA I am delighted to welcome greyhounds from GRANT in Darwin to WA to find forever homes. This partnership between GRANT and GAWA has had the very positive effect of encouraging more Darwin residents to consider fostering or adopting a greyhound. We at GAWA are so appreciative of the support and cooperation of the staff at Airnorth in working closely with us on a daily basis to ensure the success of this initiative between both rehoming bodies”. On Monday 18 May, Rapi (4), Benz (5) and Diver (3) will be boarding TL338 and flying to Perth. 7 more greyhounds will be flying in via Airnorth over the coming week. Once safely transported to Perth, the greyhounds will be united with their foster families in the metro area and the south west. Media are invited to attend: What: A feel good moment to support awareness of greyhound adoption and GAWA, a charity that will go to great lengths to help greyhounds in need and find them loving forever homes. The greyhounds being released from their crates and welcomed by GAWA people, before their journey to their foster homes, and interviews with GAWA representatives. When: Monday 18 May 2020 Time: 1:40pm Where: Qantas Freight- Domestic Terminal- Cnr Ross Drive & Boud Ave, Perth Airport Mother's Day horror story 2020-05-11T12:12:08Z mothers-day-horror-story The Editor Dear Editor, This Sunday’s ABC Landline program—screened on television just in time for Mother’s Day lunch—presented some farming initiatives that were hard to swallow. The dairy industry has reached new depths in its pursuit of profit, by trying to sell us cows’ colostrum. This is, in their own words, “exactly what was intended from a mother to [her] offspring.” Within a day of giving birth, a mother cow is separated from her baby, so that her colostrum, and her subsequently produced milk, can be sold to humans. All male calves—and about one quarter of female calves—are seen as surplus: a 'waste product'. They are removed from their mothers and are left hungry and scared for the five days they must be kept alive before they can be legally killed. These helpless, terrified calves then face a stressful ride to the slaughterhouse—where they are often kept overnight without food, bedding, or the warmth of their mother—before they are killed. Compassionate consumers wanting a health boost might prefer to chew on the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that come with a fruit- and vegetable-rich diet suitable for humans, rather than colostrum intended to help a baby cow grow into a 450kg adult. Mother’s Day should not be limited to one group of mothers. We can show that we respect the right for all mothers to nourish their babies, by going vegan. Visit PETA.org.au for more information. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Time to eschew meat 2020-05-04T13:04:55Z time-to-eschew-meat The Editor, Dear Editor, The outbreak of COVID-19 at a Melbourne slaughterhouse shows the urgency of dumping the meat habit. Slaughterhouses not only put workers and the public health at risk but also cause the agonising, bloody deaths of hundreds of millions of animals every year. Factory farms and slaughterhouses are as filthy as China's "wet markets," their floors covered with blood, urine, faeces, and offal. The novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese wet market where live and dead animals were sold for human consumption, swine flu began on a U.S. factory farm, and other influenza viruses have been traced to chickens. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals. Closing slaughterhouses doesn't mean a food shortage, because no one needs meat. Consuming it is linked to heart disease, cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. The only thing at risk when slaughterhouses close is the meat industry's bottom line. PETA’s free starter kits and recipes are available on our website, to aid people in preventing the next pandemic by going vegan. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Consider Fur-Friends Facing Isolation with their Humans 2020-05-04T01:42:41Z consider-fur-friends-facing-isolation-with-their-humans With pet adoptions surging since COVID-19 isolation measures, Aussie personalised pet product business, IdPet, has shared tips to help pet-parents deal with a new fur-kid in the house and ideas to catapult their ho-hum pet play to paw-sitivly paw-some. With a passion for pets, and pet-mum to two rescue Spoodle canines herself, Katrina Thomson from IdPet (www.idpet.com.au) says that welcoming a pet into your home should be viewed as a long term partnership. “Our fur-kids shower us with love and our physical and mental health and wellbeing benefit from having them around.” “So, it seems fair that we put in the effort to spend quality time with them. There is no better time to plan for pet play, now that we’re all facing extended periods of isolation at home.” IdPet has shared some of the top activities and actions, to keep you and your new or long-time pet-pal stimulated during isolation. Walk for Exercise – Use Your Leash as a Guide for Social Distancing Your dog is your best walking buddy and they can even help you abide by social distancing rules. IdPet’s standard lead length is 1.5 metres long and the perfect physical indicator of the distance you should be from other dog lovers when out on your daily walks. ISO Homecoming and Birthday Celebrations We may be confined to stay indoors, but there’s no reason why we can’t celebrate having a new fur-kid in the home. Get the ultimate starter pack – IdPet’s Personalised Puppy Essentials Pack - sent directly to your door with all the essentials you need for a new cat or dog. Or surprise your doggo with IdPet’s Personalised Birthday Pack to celebrate a birthday or adoption day. Support Aussie Pet Businesses Like many businesses affected by COVID-19, Australian pet businesses are doing it tough. Support the small guys by buying local online. IdPet recently worked with brands such as Laila & Me, Happy Jack Co, Nude Pets, Capable K9s, Town & Country Vet Nursing, and Miss Drew’s Bakery and Dog Café to create the first-ever Pet Stimulus Package to give our fur-friends toys, leads, treats and more to help them cope with the human overload. Don’t Panic - OH CRAP Biodegradable Poo Bag in stock! We’ve all heard of the panic buying of toilet paper during these extraordinary times. To ensure our fur-pals and their humans can remain calm and clean for those daily doooties, IdPet has committed to giving all orders over $30 a complementary ‘OH CRAP Biodegradable Poo Bag’ roll to clean up those doggy number twos. Watch a Movie Snuggle up with your pet pal and appreciate the power of pets in the many movies that feature our beloved four-legged friends. The top 10 dog movies as voted by the IdPet Crew include Lady and The Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, A Dog’s Purpose, Marley and Me, Red Dog, Secret Life of Pets, Best in Show, Beethoven, Hotel for Dogs and Oddball. Consider Your Pet After Isolation Start planning for activities for your pet after isolation. After having so much time with their pet-parent, fur-kids are going to need to remain stimulated when it’s time for you to go back to work. Consider getting a few play toys with squeakers or treats like an all-natural Goat Horn that will keep them occupied for extended periods. Pet parents should also purchase a personalised ID Tag for their pet that includes the pet’s name and pet-parent contact details if their doggo or kitty wanders. For more information about IdPet, visit www.idpet.com.au. About IdPet (www.idpet.com.au) Katrina Thomson, an Australian PetPreneur, recognised this massive and changing market and has launched a range of products for pets with personality. Thomson established IdPet in 2013 to cater to pet owners who wanted to showcase their pet’s personality. The first of its kind in Australia, IdPet completely changed the look of pet products. Bowls, collars, leads, toys, coats and more can all be branded with pet’s names and even their photos. Thomson is passionate about providing quality personalised products, created in Australia, that people can afford. Media Contact: Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au In NSW, stabbing dogs is declared legal! 2020-04-24T13:00:58Z in-nsw-stabbing-dogs-is-declared-legal The Editor, Dear Editor, The NSW Supreme Court has found that an act of violence in which a man stabbed a dog several times with a pitchfork, hung him on a tree with the pitchfork still impaled in his body, and then killed him some time later with a mallet, is not against the law. The RSPCA Chief Inspector called the act "shocking and inexcusable", and a witness described the man "laughing and joking" during the attack. The perpetrator of this outrageous and vicious offence, a Minto "petting zoo" owner, was initially sentenced last year to three years and four months in prison, but the Supreme Court has now quashed the conviction on appeal. The judge called the attack "particularly abhorrent and, ultimately, cruel", but stated that a person wasn't guilty of animal cruelty if the conduct occurred during "the extermination of pest animals". If this isn’t a wakeup call that animal protection legislation is woefully lacking, I don’t know what is. We must urgently bring our laws up to modern standards, with acts of cruelty given the harsh penalties they deserve, including a lifetime ban on offenders ever keeping other animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Australian Pet Services rally to support Covid-19 Frontline Workers 2020-04-23T18:55:49Z australian-pet-services-rally-to-support-covid-19-frontline-workers-1 Australia’s leading pet sitting platform PetCloud has today announced a program available for Australia’s frontline workers to look after their pets, while they are caring for our community. PetCloud’s ‘Pets of Crisis Support Workers Program’ has discounted down their rates to bare costs in a bid to make the services more accessible for our frontline workers. With our emergency service workers working tirelessly across Australia, first with the bushfires, now with the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was put together by PetCloud to try and offset the extra pressures that arise in petcare during times of crisis. The program aims to ensure that throughout any crisis, there is a system in place to quickly mobilise support to our people on the frontline by making care for their pets more accessible. During this pandemic medical professionals, emergency services personnel including police, fire and ambulance along with defence, and mental health and counselling professionals are all eligible to access the at-cost rates of daytime and overnight pet sitting through PetCloud. CEO of PetCloud Deb Morrison says “During the bushfires we experienced the anxiety that was felt by many frontline firefighters and relief workers about the stress that they felt about making sure that their pets were being cared for when they were not there. This pandemic has seen a new set of challenges with isolation and quarantine leaving some people without access to the normal family and friends support they would ordinarily have available to help look after their fur babies, which is adding another level of stress that we could see we can help with. We have already seen extended family members booking dog walks for their loved ones as a way to support them during this which has been really heartwarming.” The program has offered the rates for cost with daytime and overnight pet accommodation for dogs $21 per day and cats $15 per day. Pet Taxi Services for home pick up and drop off (within 15 kilometres of bookings) is $20 per service. To book through the program you just need to register. RSPCA Queensland CEO Darren Maier says “It is a challenging time for everyone. We are proud to be working alongside PetCloud to make this program available and try to provide some relief in petcare for our community. RSPCA QLD provides National Customer Support for PetCloud’s services, and already we have had people who have used this program feeling a level of relief. Being able to book a Pet Taxi to take pets to Vet appointments or a Dog Walker from PetCloud safely collect a much loved dog from a residence and take them for a walk while their shift working Owner can get some sleep is proving to take some pressure off.” PetCloud is dedicated to supporting our communities across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Adelaide, Perth, and Darwin in difficult times. For more information go to https://www.petcloud.com.au/Pets-of-Crisis-Support-Workers   -ENDS- About PetCloud: PetCloud, is Australia’s largest and most trusted Pet Care Services network, with over 30,000 Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Pet Taxis and more. Customer support is run by RSPCA Qld’s National Call Centre. https://www.petcloud.com.au   YouTube: PetCloud’s Contactless Services https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7WXAh5B9UY "School's out for summer. School's out with fever" 2020-04-22T00:16:54Z schools-out-for-summer-schools-out-with-fever The Editor, "School's out for summer. School's out with fever." Do you think Alice Cooper knew his 70s rock song about holidays would be so relevant in 2020? Thankfully, unlike the song, school is not out "forever". In the Northern Territory, schools will re-open from April 29, and in New South Wales, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that students could begin attending school in person from May 11. Other states may soon follow. Clearly, the school experience won't snap right back to "normal". We can, and should, use this change as a chance to question certain "normalities" that may not have served us well. After months of global suffering and tens of thousands of deaths, let’s reject suffering and death when it comes to the foods that we eat by providing tasty, climate-friendly, and cruelty-free vegan foods in all school tuck-shops and canteens. Whenever animals are cooped up in fetid feedlots, crammed in cramped barns, or shot imprecisely in a field and transported in unrefrigerated trucks (as people do to kangaroos), we create breeding grounds for new strains of bacteria and viruses. While we are still learning the origin of COVID-19, we know that diseases such as swine flu and bird flu originated on factory farms. Why would we put ourselves at risk of a new—and even more devastating—virus, when we could easily thrive on vegan foods? In coming weeks, when Australia's kids return to school, let's keep a new "ABC" in the forefront of their minds, and appetites: Always Be Compassionate. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Australia’s home-grown pandemic risks 2020-04-15T04:21:42Z australias-home-grown-pandemic-risks The Editor, Dear Editor, Prime Minister Morrison has criticised the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of China's wet markets, one of which is widely considered to have been the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not just China that permits these vile places to exist: PETA Asia has just released footage of wet markets in Indonesia and Thailand. The footage shows blood and rotting flesh covering the floors and countertops, dogs lying dead with flies buzzing around them, and chickens and cats awaiting slaughter in cramped cages. Mr Morrison is right to criticise these filthy torture galleries as potential breeding grounds for the next pandemic virus. The US Centers for Disease Control has stated that 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from other animals. But the PM is wrong to think that Australian industries do not pose a similar risk. Millions of gentle kangaroos are shot every year for their flesh or skins. Many, including mothers carrying joeys in their pouches, are wounded but escape, only to suffer and die slowly. Incapacitated adults and orphaned joeys are decapitated or have their heads smashed in. Others are simply left in the field to die of starvation, predation, or exposure. Kangaroos are often butchered in the field and transported on unrefrigerated open trucks. An investigation found that many of the carcases stored by the kangaroo-meat industry were contaminated by dangerous bacteria, including E coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. Russia has banned kangaroo-meat imports several times because of pathogenic contamination. A study by Belgian spatial epidemiologist Marius Gilbert found that Australia had generated more instances of historical 'conversion events' (when a non-toxic avian flu strain suddenly becomes dangerous to humans) than China. It is becoming ever clearer that the exploitation of animals, anywhere, invites human disease. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 desmondb@peta.org.au New Online School Resources Launch - 'Chicken farming in the living world' 2020-04-05T20:00:00Z new-online-school-resources-launch-chicken-farming-in-the-living-world ‘Chicken Farming in the Living World’ Starts School! Australian Chicken Meat Federation launches new, online national school resources The Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc. (ACMF) has today launched a series of new, online school resources, ‘Chicken Farming in the Living World’. The resources reflect the latest updates to the Australian curriculum and offer unique curriculum content within the ’Living World’ strands of the K-10 New South Wales Science syllabuses. These resources are also aligned with the ‘Biological Science’ strand of the Australian curriculum. The ‘Chicken Farming in the Living World’ inquiry teaching resource series explores how humans use chickens for meat. This resource uses videos created by the peak industry body representing the Australian chicken meat industry, the Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc. (ACMF) with the supporting teaching resources developed by experienced primary and secondary school teachers. Dr Vivien Kite, Executive Director, ACMF comments, “Chickens are fascinating animals and provide students with an interesting subject matter to discuss the many aspects of our living world, from the interactions between humans and animals, how we create food from animals, how scientific knowledge influences our living world, right through to understanding what a managed ecosystem looks like in the context of a broader natural ecosystem. As the industry peak body, it is important that such resources are developed – to inform and ensure an understanding of how chicken meat is produced while remaining in step with the shift in classroom teaching over recent years, from teacher-led learning and activities to a student-led approach.” The content offers teachers new ready to ‘plug and play’ resources from the ‘Living World’ strand and provide curriculum content tailored to each school stage across primary and secondary school. The resources address the following questions: Stage 1 – Years 1-2 – How do humans use plants and animals? Stage 2 – Years 3-4 – How do we create food and fibre from animals and plants? Stage 3 – Years 5-6 – Why is it important for food and / or fibre to be produced sustainably? Stage 4 – Years 7-8 – What scientific knowledge has influenced the current agricultural practices of the chicken meat industry? Stage 5 – Years 9-10 – How does the closed system of a chicken meat farm model the interactions, flow of energy and the cycling of matter through a natural ecosystem? To access the ‘Chicken Farming in the Living World’ resources teachers, educators and parents can visit the ‘School Resources’ page of the ACMF website (www.chicken.org.au) or the educational platform Scootle. NOTES TO THE EDITOR: About the Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the national, peak organisation for those involved in the chicken meat industry in Australia, including chicken farmers and chicken meat processors. Its main aim is to represent the interests of the industry in a wide range of matters including animal health, biosecurity, food standards, food safety, international trade, quarantine, and animal welfare. One of the ACMF’s most important roles is to also provide information to the public about the Australian chicken meat industry, how it operates and about its products. This includes the importance of healthy eating and the role chicken meat can play as a key nutritional element of today’s modern diet and as an integral part of a healthy and sustainable diet for the future. www.chicken.org.au Follow ACMF on Twitter - @ACMFchicken - ENDS – Issued by QUAY Communications on behalf of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation For more information or images please contact: Emma Norgrove, QUAY Communications, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161 Cheryl Pettinau, QUAY Communications, 02 9386 9161 / 0424 157 714 Shell-shocked at Easter 2020-04-05T07:12:30Z shell-shocked-at-easter The Editor Dear Editor, Soon, Australians will be celebrating Easter, though likely in quieter conditions than usual. We will watch the typical images of fluffy chicks and colourful eggs from our well-worn couches and over-used televisions. Let's take this unusual Easter as an opportunity to question the reality behind these falsely bucolic images. Compassionate Australians would be shell-shocked to see the routine cruelties and deaths that come with egg production. In this industry, male chicks are considered waste product, and are killed shortly after birth via maceration. This can be a cruel, inexact process, where baby boys are sent down a conveyor belt, still chirping for their mothers, to be minced alive. In some cases, machinery has been inexact, meaning that the chicks have had only their legs sliced off, and remained alive, in agony. Australian Eggs—an industry body—have acknowledged that maceration provides "awful and confronting imagery" and proposed gassing these chicks with carbon dioxide before they are sliced up. However, this process also leads to great suffering, leaving chicks gasping and shaking their heads for up to two minutes before they finally die. Female chicks who grow into hens have a longer, but similarly painful life. They are housed in cramped, filthy barns or cages, where they cannot enjoy any of their healthy, natural behaviours. Cage-free hens are maimed by having the tips of their beak sliced off, to avoid the pecking and cannibalism that comes with being confined in such excruciating conditions. There is no such thing as a "humane" egg, whether "free-range", "cage-free", or caged. Those of us currently living through confinement—albeit, with an end date—can show compassion for chickens by refusing to eat their eggs, and rejecting all other animal-derived ingredients in future. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 desmondb@peta.org.au Cootamundra local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T04:59:47Z cootamundra-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 2020/2021 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge (MPRC) – a 12-month program that will see up to 75 Australian farmers experience firsthand the benefits of trace mineral management at high demand production times in sheep and cattle. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. Challengers will then go into the running to win an overseas trip for two to the USA tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus a 12-month supply of Multimin. Second and third runners up will also receive six months of free Multimin. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shephard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this years Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett Shepard, from Kybybolite, South Australia “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local producer James Burge participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. James is a farmer in the Cootamundra region with his wife Sally. They run a mixed farming enterprise, including 1200 Composite Ewes, 2100 Merino Ewes and a cropping program including wheat Canola and Barley. Sally is a local Vet who handles large and small animals along with a reproduction in Horses. This is James’s first year using Multimin and he hopes by competing in the challenge that he can see results such as having healthy rugged sheep with a low mortality rate. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac's Multimin Injection is a trace mineral top up that rapidly increases trace mineral levels in cattle and sheep for use during high demand periods. Providing selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc at strategic times of the production cycle has been shown to improve livestock health and fertility, thus optimising livestock productivity. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 | 0467 612 224 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see local mixed farming operator James Burge from Cootamundra, NSW participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. Kybybolite local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T02:04:50Z kybybolite-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 2020/2021 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge (MPRC) – a 12-month program that will see up to 75 Australian farmers experience firsthand the benefits of trace mineral management at high demand production times in sheep and cattle. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. Challengers will then go into the running to win an overseas trip for two to the USA tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus a 12-month supply of Multimin. Second and third runners up will also receive six months of free Multimin. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shepard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this year’s Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local producer Brett Shepard of Kybybolite, SA participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. Brett is a fourth-generation farmer at Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East. Brett’s property is just over 1000 hectares, of which he runs 2000 commercial ewes for prime lamb production, 1300 stud ewes (Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Suffolks) and their replacement ewe weaners along with 500 young stud rams. Brett’s home block is where he concentrates on organic cropping program and produces organic golden linseed, organic matika oats and organic hay, with the occasional paddock of sub clover and lucerne hay put in on the stud block. “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett, “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Brett’s aim, participating in the Multimin Challenge, is to achieve his goal of becoming industry leaders with his ram and lamb production, Brett hopes that Multimin will assist with greater lambing percentages, stronger lambs at birth, faster growth rates and all-round stock nutrition. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac's Multimin Injection is a trace mineral top up that rapidly increases trace mineral levels in cattle and sheep for use during high demand periods. Providing selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc at strategic times of the production cycle has been shown to improve livestock health and fertility, thus optimising livestock productivity. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available along with. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see fourth-generation farmer Brett Shepard from Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East, participate and share his journey and results using Multimin.