Now, I am going to admit straight out that I do not like country music....well, I didn't until I heard about an Australian band called The Black Spurs and their song "It Ain't Right". It is the romanticizing of the 'cowboy' lifestyle that sets my teeth on edge, really. But these guys have tackled a big issue in this song, and have done it from the 'flip-side' of the coin. This isn't a bunch of 'good ol' boys' going on about 'being Aussie battlers' and 'living off the land' etc. No, way. Have a listen to this song and check out their webpage.
Here is their blog entry:
"Ban Livestock Export Trade
Posted on Aug 01, 2011 at 08:32 AM
The livestock export trade is a cruel inhumane trade that has no regard for animal welfare. Although these animals are bred to be consumed there is a right and humane way to care and process these animals.
Why do these animals have to endure such torture and mistreatment from their birth to death for no apparent reason other than then that's the way it is?
Obviously a vegetarian based society is the ultimate answer to reduce the potential cruelty to these animals but will that also eliminate all the various forms, states and causes of animal mistreatment.
I think the broader question we should be asking ourselves is why do we misuse, exploit and mistreat the many resources and forms of life on this planet? Surely as consciously aware beings we know the difference between what is right and wrong. Listen to your own conscious and intuition and the answers become obvious.
If you oppose animal cruelty than you must oppose the livestock export trade."