Down Under

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2000:


Royal SPCA of Australia president Hugh Wirth in February 2000 outraged both vegetarians and hunters with near-simultaneous announcements that the RSPCA will help market gourmet pork, to encourage farmers to rear pigs in less cruel conditions, and that the RSPCA will also seek to extend the present partial bans on duck hunting which are in effect on public land in Western Australia and New South Wales and throughout the Australian Central Territories.


Animal Liberation spokesperson Mark Pearson reportedly accused Wirth of “getting into bed with industry,” while Sporting Shooters Association vice president Ted Drane told Manika Naidoo of the Melbourne Age that he “will ask the tax office to investigate how money donated to a charity can be spent on a political campaign.”

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