Students and faculty at a high school in Australia were shocked to discover last week that vandals had broken into the school’s agriculture centre and tortured and killed dozens of animals.
Loganlea State High school is located outside Logan City in the eastern state of Queensland, Australia. The school offers agriculture, rural operations and animal husbandry courses in its agriculture center.
Chickens were drowned, various animals like the school dog and several pigs were beaten with a metal pole, a turkey was decapitated, and nesting mother ducks were killed. Police are investigating the attack and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
Students report that the animals that had once been friendly toward them were fearful after the attack. A spokesman with the RSPCA said this is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he’d heard of.
The school has suffered from vandalism in the past, but never anything as severe as this.
As horrifying as this incident is, it isn’t any worse than what most animals on modern farms can expect to endure.
Students working in the agricultural center understandably grow very emotionally attached to the animals that they work with, but cruelty is an inherent part of the animal agriculture industry and none of what occurred at that school is necessarily aberrant behavior of humans toward animals in agricultural settings.
Every day on farms, pigs are boiled alive, chickens are beaten to death with pipes and rods and cows are dehorned and branded without anesthesia. These things are business as usual. It’s unnerving to the average person that animal agriculture is invariably synonymous with animal cruelty.
When you consider the cruelty and violence that are associated with a diet of animal products, it seems almost naive to think that acts like this are unprecedented. We feast on the fruits of cruelty and murder three times a day, so we cannot act indignant when someone tortures and slaughters animals that we torture and slaughter by the billions every year.
The only difference between the cruelty at Loganlea High School and the cruelty on farms all over the world is that the people who committed the acts at Loganlea didn’t own the animals they slaughtered. Slaughtering your own animals is farming, slaughtering someone else’s animals is animal cruelty.
If you’re disgusted by the treatment of the animals at Loganlea, it would probably be easier to go vegan than to try to explain to yourself why it was horrible to slaughter those animals, but is totally acceptable to slaughter other animals.
Going vegan is easy and offers a practical and real life solution to those who want to take a stand against animal cruelty.