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Tell Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is an initiative that champions and celebrates the LGBTQ community. As well as a festival showcasing international and local entertainment, events and education, the iconic Parade is a major tourist attraction.

This year’s theme is Equality.

We are proud, longtime members of the LGBTQ community. We love Mardi Gras and we love equality.

That’s why we are horrified at SGLMG’s new sponsorship deal with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)’s ‘We Love Our Lamb’ brand.

We believe SGLMG’s involvement with MLA goes against the progressive social values Mardi Gras espouses. MLA is a powerful lobby group that works in many forums to ensure the meat industry is minimally or relatively unregulated with respect to the diverse range of animal welfare concerns in industrialised food systems.

Over the past 5 to 10 years, the issue of animal welfare and animal rights has solidified as the campaign of the 21st century for equality and justice for all living creatures. People have woken up to the cruelty that is the Australian meat industry. The concern about ethical meat production is evident throughout the marketplace.

MLA is doing its best to delegitimise the concerns of many ethical consumers and SGLMG is supporting this work through the sponsorship deal.

For MLA to encourage the community to perform the 'lamb dance' - choreographed with moves named after dismembered lamb parts - and join the Parade in celebration of this cruel industry is an affront to many in 2017.

We urge you as CEO, the Partnership Manager, staff and the board members to watch this 6-minute footage of lambs being slaughtered so you are properly informed about the realities behind this MLA campaign and exactly what you are promoting and supporting with this partnership:

Celebrating ‘equality’ for the LGBTQ community while partnering with organisations that have no qualms about inflicting violence upon and killing baby animals is both sad and hypocritical.

We feel incredibly strongly about the issue of animal welfare in our community and urge you to stop supporting animal cruelty by severing this unethical partnership with MLA.

Katrina Fox, author and journalist
Janine Curll, food law and regulation PhD candidate

Video footage, courtesy of Aussie Farms
Image: Via Max Pixel on Creative Commons 0 licence

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