Hello from Sydney, Australia

Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on August 1, 2010

Join ALDF Founder & General Counsel Joyce Tischler as she tours
Australia with Voiceless, the animal protection institute, for the 2010 Animal Law Lecture Series.

It’s Sunday, August 1 and I landed here at 7:00 a.m. this morning, to start my lecture tour with the Australian animal protection organization, Voiceless. It’s winter in Australia, but to paraphrase the old Mark Twain joke, a winter’s day in Sydney is warmer than a summer’s day in San Francisco. Sydney was still asleep when I checked into my hotel and meandered over to Hyde Park. Once there, I was greeted by the very loud “phweep… phweep” sound made by the aptly named “Noisy Miner,” a pretty little gray and yellow bird found everywhere in this city. Small bird, large lung capacity. A few minutes later, I was absolutely taken aback when I was  approached by an Australian White Ibis, a bird I’ve never seen before. This bird is quite large, with an all white body, a featherless black head and a foot-long, downward curved beak. His head and beak look almost pre-historic. The Ibis is quite common in Australia and Australians consider them to be pests. I, on the other hand, was thrilled to meet my first Ibis and gladly shared some of my puffed kamut cereal, so that I could take some close-up photos of my feathery friend.

Katrina Sharman, corporate counsel of Voiceless, took me to lunch at a charming little restaurant in Paddington, where we chatted about various animal issues related to Australia. What fascinates me is that the problems that animals face in Australia are quite similar to those faced in the U.S. For example, the intensive confinement of sows is a major issue in both countries. Big news Down Under is the giant supermarket chain, Coles, announced in July that, by 2014, it will stop buying pork from farms which confine sows in sow stalls (the Australian equivalent of American gestation crates). There are so many animal activists to meet in Australia, so much to learn.  I can’t wait to get started on the tour.

Stay tuned!

Related blog posts:
Welcome to Australia, Joyce!
Factory Farming in Australia
The Plight of Kangaroos in Australia
Animal Law in Australia
Speaking Australian
Live Animal Exports
The Kangaroo Whisperer
Live Animal Exports – Part 2
A Visit With Kangaroos
The Future of Animal Law in Australia

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