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Animals Tortured and Killed at Australian School

Animals Tortured and Killed at Australian School

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.

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1:55PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Bloody vandals, you can't take them anywhere. Vandals don't have friends for very long, have you noticed that.

12:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

They are budding psycopaths People who hurt animals iusually grow up to hurt humans too Lock them up for life and save countless others from suffering in the future

8:43PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

When the kids who did this are caught, they need intensive rehab, so that they understand that torturing animals is not a prank, not funny. We hear about so many human acts of cruelty towards animals -- animals do not torture other animals -- only us.

7:42AM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Every animal rights issue is a Vegan issue. The act of eating animals is wrong, not least because we have not evolved to eat animals. It is the act of farming animals that leads to a complete lack of respect for other lifeforms. Although most people would not be capable of such an act of cruelty, they are paying someone else (knowingly or not) to commit such acts every time they purchase animal products. We do not have to look after animals, we simply have to respect their place in the world and give them the space and freedom to live as natural a life as possible. Animal husbandry is simply keeping animals in order to eat them, they are not respected, but guarded until selected to become part of some ones dinner. Eating animals is bad for the planet, bad for the animals, and bad for human health. Eat the diet of life, Go Vegan, go Raw!

6:22AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

I hope they find those seriously sick people soon.

2:44PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Horrible...

9:22AM PST on Feb 27, 2011

this is so sad,so horrible, feel so bad for these animals this isn't right no one should do this to animals!

9:20PM PST on Feb 26, 2011

"Slaughtering your own animals is farming, slaughtering someone else's animals is animal cruelty." WTF??????? NO, slaughtering anyone's animals is animal cruelty!!!!!!!

1:39PM PST on Feb 26, 2011

THIS IS SICKENING !!!!!!!!!

11:09AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

How did a story of horrible animal abuse turn into a rant for being vegan. Yes, of course not eating meat would end the farming of animals for meat...so what do you suppose would happen to the animals now on farms if everyone went vegan tomorrow? Are you going to take them and provide for their care till the die of natural causes. Want to release cows to the wild? Think this through, it is not as easy as simply refusing to eat flesh. The troubling part of this story is somewhere in Queensland are some intensely sick people who have done this to animals...they'll graduate to abusing humans as well...usually as defenseless as these animals. This is a sick, sick world there are no easy answers. (And no I don't raise animals for food, yes I am a vegan).

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