Published 15 January 2020
Anna Weatherlake, posted a series of photos to her Instagram story on Wednesday urging her 13,000 followers to go vegan.
The outspoken environmental activist shared graphic images of animal carcasses that have gone viral amid the bushfire crisis.
Weatherlake urged her followers to read a post by Animal Liberation Victoria, which was accompanied by a photo of a farmer shooting a cow to put it out of its misery after being burned in fires on the NSW south coast.
Anna Weatherlake, wife of cricketer Peter Siddle, posted a series of photos to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday urging her 13,000 followers to go vegan
Weatherlake said she has a ‘huge passion’ for cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and sustainable living, and even encouraged Siddle to give up meat for good
‘These animals, unlike wild animals, never had as much of a chance to escape the fires. Held in fences designed to keep them in, dead cattle and sheep who fought to survive are seen along fence lines which have become graveyards for their charred bodies,’ the impassioned post read.
‘Wild animals are rescued and we fight to save the lives of those most burnt, most injured.
‘Farmed animals are killed because as a ‘product’ they are ‘ruined’, or because their care costs are steeper than the price a farmer would get for their dead body, had they ended up in a slaughterhouse rather than a bushfire.’
Animal Liberation Victoria said the animal’s financial value has been reported by the media, but their ‘individuality is forgotten’.
Anna Weatherlake urged her followers to read a post by Animal Liberation Victoria about people’s ‘selective empathy’ when it comes to consuming meat
The outspoken vegan activist shared graphic images of animal carcasses that have gone viral amid the bushfire crisis, including a farmer shooting a cow to put it out of its misery after being burned in fires on the NSW south coast
‘But the disconnect of our society is made clear when we see these killings as a tragedy, and the hundreds of millions of annual killings within Australian abattoir walls as acceptable.’
The post went on to remind humans to think about cattle who have been burned and injured by the fires every time they sit down for a meal.
‘We must not be selective with our empathy, not block it out when it is convenient,’ the post read.
Weatherlake, who has been vegetarian all her life and turned vegan around five years ago, also posted a number of photos outlining the impacts the meat industry has on the environment.
’67 per cent of water in Australia is used for agriculture,’ one post read.
‘It takes up to 15,000 litres of water to produce one kilo of beef,’ read another.
‘Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.’
Weatherlake and Siddle, who played Test Cricket for Australia between 2008 to 2016, have raised more than $24,000 from their Wickets for Wildlife campaign.
The couple hope to reach a goal of $50,000, with all donations going toward Wires and Wildlife Victoria.
Weatherlake, who has been vegetarian all her life and turned vegan around five years ago, also posted a number of photos outlining the impacts the meat industry has on the environment
Weatherlake has been vegetarian all her life and turned vegan around five years ago
‘It is crucial that we now focus on the rescue, care and rehabilitation for the animals who have survived and work to support those doing everything in their power to help them,’ Siddle said.
The influencer and former journalist has previously said she has a ‘huge passion’ for cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and sustainable living, and even encouraged Siddle to give up meat for good.
‘When I learnt how bad dairy was for my body and realised i’d been brainwashed into thinking it was healthy my entire life, I made the change pretty quickly,’ she said of her journey to veganism.
‘It makes me really happy and content knowing nothing I’m eating, applying to my skin or wearing is causing animals any harm or having a detrimental effect on our already fragile environment.’
Read the original article by Alana Mazzoni on Daily Mail Australia
Note: This article has been edited to remove references to Anna Weatherlake as a ‘WAG’ (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports) as her primary identity.
The article was originally published on Daily Mail under the title:
“Vegan cricket WAG urges her followers to give up meat after thousands of animals are killed by bushfires or put down by farmers because of their horrendous burns”
Both wild and farmed animals have suffered and died in the devastating fires.
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