visit the MOS BLOG
Attempting to act
as a voice for voiceless nonhumans and to
chuck in the odd rant on republicanism and
other less serious matters.
- A Plea to Vegetarians
promotion of (lacto-ovo-)vegetarianism is, in effect, telling the world
that it is wrong to kill nonhuman animals for their flesh yet it is
okay to breed, imprison and mutilate them for milk or eggs – and then
- Sexual abuse of nonhuman animals
been a kerfuffle here in Canberra over the last few days after a photo
of a Canberra Raiders (rugby league) player Joel Monaghan simulating
sexual contact with a dog was published on the web.
Coincidentally, this piece written by Jenny Moxham was published in the Geelong Advertiser today.
Another horse dies
Canberra Times reported that the horse Sampler ‘broke down’ at Canberra
racecourse on Thursday August 12. It stated that the jockey had
sprained his knee – didn’t even go to hospital – but gave no
information on the condition of the horse. Nor was there any news
online for the next few days.
No - I'm not an 'animal lover'
who argue for the rights of nonhuman animals should never use the term
‘animal lover’ to describe ourselves and should strongly reject the
term if it is ever used to describe us.
New ACT regulations on battery hens are trivial
Those of us concerned about the treatment of caged hens have always
argued against the appalling battery cages on the basis that they
prevent the hens from expressing the vast majority of their natural,
instinctive behaviours. Absolutely nothing in the ACT Government's new
regulations will alleviate a single one of those restrictions.
Canberra Times and Dr Bryan Pratt
Times fishing 'guru' Bryan Pratt claimed that the full weight of
scientific opinion indicates that fish do not feel pain. That statement
cannot be substantiated. He is either deliberately lying or is deluding
Go to the MOS
It’s nice to see you here (yep
– that’s my beady little eye looking
through your webcam ;-)
I’m a maturing (finally) Aussie
who’s now retired from paid employment
(carefully timed to mesh with the stock market slide
- maybe I’ll be working again soon).
My main passion these days is trying to
move the world’s population (or at least most of
them) away from their animal based diet. Global
warming is just the latest in a long list of reasons
why we should all be moving toward a plant-based
diet. See more on my Veganism pages.
I’ve had a web presence for many
years and have ‘met’ many new cousins
simply by having my minimal genealogical info online.
Please have a look – if you’re related send
me an email. I’m more than happy to share what
info I have, add what I can from you and be corrected
where I’m wrong. See my Genealogy pages for
information about my father's family (O'Shaughnessy)
and my mother's (Browne).
I’m also a passionate republican.
The monarchy is an anachronism even in its home (the
UK) but is even more so here. The issue will come to
the fore again very soon - in the meantime my old ‘Republic Oz’ pages are
Each Autumn I get filled with optimism
regarding the fortunes of the St Kilda AFL club
during the upcoming football season. Nearly every
August (or even earlier) I’m back to Earth
– that’s the nature of the Saints.
Something I get great pleasure from is
observing the local birds. Some of my pics and
stories are on my Bird Watching page.
Also – a little about me in case you think you may have
had the dubious pleasure of going to school with me
or working with me in various offices around the
If you'd like to see my Blog or Facebook
page or leave me a message (I'd love to hear from
you) please click here.
So - thanks for coming... leave your
money on the fridge.