I haven’t posted for the past few days. I’ve been held up by watching a school production of Beautiful Words by Sean Riley. The cast were a handful of people from my school grade, with many of them doubling or even tripling on roles. It made watching a bit confusing but overall, they pulled off a wonderful job show. Here’s a little summary of what it’s all about.

“An epic chronicle of the refugee experience, Beautiful worlds weaves together three verydifferent stories of survival, told through the eyes of three children in different times and

places. The outcome is heart-rending, humorous, and surprising by turns. From the horrors

of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the final days of World War II, to Taliban-ruled Kabul,

to present day Australia, this enthralling play presents a rich tapestry of human experience,

overlapping lives, and the bonds that unite generations.

I have to admit, I teared a little bit when Jan and Raman met up at the airport.  The play was very entertaining to watch, making it so easy to remember the whole show.

Secondly was having mates over and spending a bit of money and time at the local primary school’s every 4 year fete.  One of the many attractions at the school fete were the arcade games, where you spend a lump of money to have a tiny chance of winning a prize. My mates tried their luck on the ‘Lucky Number Game.’ First, you had to buy tickets, which had 5 panels. Then opening the panels, you would have to see if any numbers you had matched the ‘Winning Numbers,’ and if you did, you could pick any prize. I couldn’t believe my friend’s luck, after buying just 3 tickets. He chose a big white polar bear. And then moments later, another friend won, winning a huge purple shark. There were some queer prizes up for grabs, like a huge gorilla with boobs. It’s a primary school for god’s sake, change the prizes please LOL.

Back at my place, we had some harmless fun with the rabbit. As you may know, I have chickens, but now they are pullets/hen. My knowledge on poultry isn’t very big for an Agriculture Student but hey, at least I know something. The newest addition to our pet farm is Bunny the Rabbit.

Meet Bunny!

Meet Bunny!

I’m sure you’re wondering, it’s so 可愛い(cute). Indeed it is. We only got it when it was 7weeks old, so I’m sure his cuteness will last for his life.

RAWR!!

RAWR!!

I’ve chosen to write about Animal Cruelty as it’s such a controversial issue, and conveniently its related to what me and my mates did to helpless,cute BUNNY!. So what his Animal Cruelty? According to the Wikipedia article, Animal Cruelty is refers to the infliction of unnecessary suffering or harm to animals. There are two parts that belong to this topic. Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Before we head onto the real, here is how we tortured Bunny. We made Bunny take on the big purple shark won earlier. At first he was scared of it but even the scent of rabbit treats did not stop it in luring him into the chasm of JAWS! CHOMP the shark went!

CHOMP!

CHOMP!

There is a lot of talk on the animal welfare topic. Mainly, it’s making sure the animals are given adequate shelter, food and necessities as well as making it’s suffering as harmless as possible. This is how we’re allowed to ‘farm’ animals. Poultry, Cattle, Pigs, Lamb. The list can go on. Within these animal farms, the animal welfare issues come out. In a previous post about Jamies’ Fowl Dinners, I touched upon the issues of Cage Layers. These layers are given close to minimum space to move around in their cages.With beyond the limit stock densities, these layers suffer feather losses and bruises to every part of their bodies. Why are farmers doing this? The big demand on eggs are increasingly rising and rising, so production must meet this. There has and always will be pushes to improve the living qualities of animals like these Caged Hens. There will always be a debate on the use of Battery Cages, but in the end, there’s nothing we can do about it if the demand keeps increasing. Maybe we will have to control human birth rates?

You may have heard about the management operation done on sheep called Mulesing. It’s the removal of skin at the breach area of the sheep, to prevent attack of blowfly strike. Controversy has always surrounded this practice. I haven’t kept up on the news about this but I’m sure many farmers have tried not to use this practice on their stock. Imagine this type of operation done on you. You wouldn’t get any anesthetics, your wound would bleed days on end. This is clearly cruelty. However, if you don’t use mulesing, farmers are forced to use other practices such as pesticides and shearing, and these have their disadvantages. Pesticides are discouraged as organisms can easily overcome them through chemical resistance.

Fresh Meat!

Fresh Meat!

So how far does this type of harm go to? We can’t just say, Stop these practices that will hurt animal lives. Or else this would cause the downfall of economies. It’s just not possible. Many laws and regulations specify how far farmers can choose to in my words, be cruel to their own animals. Another animal gaining lots of controversy are whales. The Japanese killing them. Whales are endangered but to what extent should we take their lives for our own benefits? What about Sharks? Shark Fin Soup sounds familiar to many.

Shark Rape

Shark Rape

Away from industry, animal cruelty can be anywhere. Like you’ve witnessed the torture of Bunny. Some include the disowning of dogs, giving no food to pets. The list can go on. Its desirable to give a pet a shelter, adequate food and water. Shelter still causes some concern. Do you put pets in cages? And only letting them roam when you walked them once a day? Our rabbit was firstly confined to its cage but now its allowed to run around the kitchen. It runs pretty fast if you give it space. I’ve seen in my relative’s places in Hong Kong, where they put dogs in a cage for most of their lives. It is probably only daily or weekly they get a walk. Does this constitue as pet cruelty? I’m sure animals deserver better, but are we willing to provide better for them? Most of us probably won’t.

To some extreme cases of animal cruelty. Shooting them, torturing them like we did to poor old Bunny. I know people do such things just out of pure boredom or fun. It’s clearly ‘some harmless fun’ but how far does this go? As long as it doesn’t hurt the animal physically, I’m sure it’s fine. You won’t ever know it hurts the animal mentally unless you could communicate with it somehow. I hope you enjoyed reading this. It’s different to my other posts.

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