Around 200 people attended the #NoAgGag Rally on a sunny Saturday at Sydney Town Hall.
There are no winners in ag-gag laws. They undermine the values of democracy, impedes free speech and transparency. If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from.
Ag-gag laws are designed to deter activists and journalists from documenting the suffering of animals in factory farms. In June 2015, a Senate Committee recommended that WA Senator Chris Black’s Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill be passed with a minor change.
If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from.
Join us to learn more about ag-gag and oppose this backward Bill. A short Q&A session will follow the speeches.
The day was one of solidarity with activists and other compassionate members of the animal rights movement, a day not just of solemn reflection of the suffering of animals, but of celebration and optimism for the progress made by those joining the fight.
This year we’ll be taking part again, and hope to make this event bigger and better!
Co-founder Belinda Jones talks about the cruelty inflicted on pigs living in factory farms and the need to raise community awareness.
She visited Where Pigs Fly Farm Animal Sanctuary, NSW and met pig residents Harriet and Wilbur for a romp-in-the-mud photo shoot, and other residents, like Valentine the calf, who have all been saved from slaughter.
People stopped by to ask questions about pig farming, and we spoke to them about the cruelty of pig farming. We collected signatures for petitions and sold T-shirts. We also sold tickets to our cruelty-free raffle.
We thank all our lovely supporters who came by to say ‘Hi’ and handed out flyers and brochures!
Community markets are a great way to catch up with our supporters and talk to public about how pigs suffer horrendous lives and deaths so that we can have bacon, ham and pork on our supermarket shelves.
If you are in the neighbourhood, make sure you pop by to say ‘Hey’!
All proceeds from the raffle and other fundraising will go towards campaigns to educate the community on the plight of pigs in the production of our food, and supporting animal rescue sanctuaries in NSW.
Good luck everyone, and thank you for your support!