In response to BP’s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, in waters deeper and rougher than the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Sea Shepherd launches Operation Jeedara.
The Great Australian Bight is rich in beauty and biodiversity, boasting the worlds most significant southern right whale nursery, as well as humpback, sperm, blue and beaked whales. It is also Australia’s most important sea lion nursery and supports orcas, great white sharks, southern blue fin tuna and other fish down to the small pelagic.
Bunna Lawrie is the Mirning Elder and whalesong man of the Nullabor, Great Australian Bight. Bunna Lawrie speaks of the place in the poetry of a people who have lived at the edge of that frontier for maybe 50,000 years.
“I’m the whale song man from the Nullarbor on the Great Australian Bight, the Great Australian Bight is the greatest whale nursery on this planet. The whale story where I come from is my university, my school. It’s the place where our beautiful southern right whales come to calve their young, to teach their young to travel on the next journey. Whales like sperm whales, blue whales, pygmy blue whales, killer whales, humpback whales – they travel down there to honour that great journey, that song, that story of the great white whale Jeedara that is there now.” – Bunna Lawrie, Mirning Elder – whalesong man.
In honouring Bunna and the Mirning and the great white whale, with permission, Sea Shepherd have named their campaign Operation Jeedara, Sea Shepherd’s bight defence campaign as part of the Great Australian Bight Alliance.
‘Siren of the Lambs’ is in essence a depressed and weathered green slaughterhouse delivery truck, labelled Farm Fresh Meats, crammed with 60 cuddly soft toys on the road to a (sic) death. The collection of stuffed animals are accompanied by a variety of screams and squeals playing in the background as they stick their heads and snouts through the slits in their mobile prison.
RSPCA Australia has congratulated the Coalition for listening to Australians’ concerns about the use of live animals in cosmetics testing, with its announcement that it will introduce legislation to ban the practice, as well as the sale of cosmetics tested on animals from July 2017.
An estimated 27,000 animals are still being used for cosmetics testing across the world. This includes the use of mice, rats and rabbits in tests which can cause pain and distress.
While cosmetic companies don’t test their products on animals here in Australia many well-known brands do test their products or ingredients on animals elsewhere in the world which then end up for sale on our shelves. There is much debate surrounding a need for legislative change to stop this, which is fantastic, but we think cosmetic products that have been tested on animals should not be sold anywhere in the world. There are already more than 20,000 chemical ingredients available to producers of cosmetics products that are considered to be safe, so there is no excuse for any more animals to suffer.
Until there is a complete ban on animal testing the RSPCA has offered a list of companies you should be aware of as a consumer, to voice your concern or show your support by not buying their product.