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The ABC’s Melanie Christiansen presents an interview with Patty Mark, one of the protesters at yesterday’s meat battle:

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: The World Meat Congress has drawn the industry’s leaders to Brisbane this week, closely followed by animal liberation activists, who’ve staged a series of protests.

[Friday] morning they invaded an abattoir at Ipswich just south of Brisbane, where they chained themselves in.

Protester Patty Mark says what followed was frightening.

PATTY MARK: The abattoir workers were very violent to us. We were chained right over the killing room floor. The owner came in with an angle grinder and started to … We begged for the police.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: But before police arrived, she said, things got even worse.

PATTY MARK: He then came back with the whole lot of … how many were there? About 40 abattoir workers.

They were yelling and screaming, and he got the angle grinder himself and started to cut right within … near where we were chained.

It was terrifying. We didn’t have protection on our eyes. The sparks were flying.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: Fellow protester Noah Hannibal says he couldn’t believe what was happening.

NOAH HANNIBAL: Like, this guy was basically coming at us with an angle grinder, so there were people shaking, there were people in tears and he was just saying, you know, “I’m enjoying this.”

He isn‘t alone. Nice to see workers and management joining forces during what became a tremendous bonding exercise.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/29/2006 at 02:56 AM
    1. Noah Hannibal – as in the Cannibal?

      Sorry, too cheap, but some-one had to say it.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 04 29 at 03:13 AM • permalink


    1. Lucky they didn’t bring in a bulldozer.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 29 at 03:26 AM • permalink


    1. Have the protestors been charged with trespass, mischief etc?

      Is there any possibility they could be cited for workplace health and safety violations?  Contaminating a slaughter floor, failing to wear hair nets, safety equipment, making unauthorised adjustments to dangerous equipment?

      Posted by Steve at the pub on 2006 04 29 at 03:37 AM • permalink


    1. Abottoir owner, AO.

      How do you nominate somebody for an Order of Australia?

      Posted by entropy on 2006 04 29 at 03:43 AM • permalink


    1. It was terrifying. We didn’t have protection on our eyes. The sparks were flying.

      They’re called eyelids cupcake.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 04 29 at 03:47 AM • permalink


    1. Steve at the pub

      Not a bad line of thinking, in theory a worksafe inspector could lob some hefty fines at individuals on a “worksite”. No steel cap boots, no hardhats, ect.
      I know of one sub contractor who was fined about $3,000 for not tying a ladder onto his vehicle but leaving it in the tray.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 04 29 at 03:49 AM • permalink


    1. Heh. I love the wet smack of delusional leftard tosser meeting the real world.

      Oh, the terror of it, the oppressed working class, so downtrodden by evil-capitalist-swine-imperialist-running-dog-lickspittle-aggressors did not appreciate the efforts of a pack of smelly dole bludging hippies in their effort to put them out of a job.

      tst tsk. WHO would have thunk it?


      Posted by MarkL on 2006 04 29 at 03:54 AM • permalink


    1. What does the ABC have against words beginning with T?

      First it was ‘Terrorism’. Now its ‘Trespassers’.

      Someone from Sesame Street needs to investigate.

      Posted by Flying Giraffe on 2006 04 29 at 04:16 AM • permalink


    1. They need to study the words of the great meat thinkers like Bacon, and Lamb, or our own Sir Rodent Cutlet. War is Hell.
      Bondage freaks now have new inspiration. Meat and Greet will never sound the same.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 04 29 at 04:24 AM • permalink


    1. Very good MarkL; Cuba and Carpaccio in one fell swoop.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 04 29 at 04:39 AM • permalink


    1. Soooooo,their personal space was invaded a tad, and it was a terrifying experience?

      Who would have thought that chaining themselves to a fence on private property would have been anything less than fun and perky, and an opportunity to make some new blue-collar worker friends?

      Jeeze, you learn something everyday.

      Posted by Ck on 2006 04 29 at 04:46 AM • permalink


    1. We’re dealing with very very stupid people here, Ck.  Things that are transparently obvious to a lobotomised labrador puppy are like multivariable calculus to these guys.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 04 29 at 04:55 AM • permalink


    1. And along with Mr Hannibal, was there perhaps a Mr Skinner? A Miss Legge? Maybe a Horne or two?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 04 29 at 04:56 AM • permalink


    1. Chains are so yesterday.

      Angle grinding is where it’s at.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 04 29 at 05:23 AM • permalink


    1. OT

      Did I see that Origami Man* is on Australian Story on Monday nite?

      Barney Barnaby Joyce

      I noticed in the previous thread about the abattoir invasion of moonbats that they might have been confused between a bone saw and an angle grinder.

      I reckon they’d both make yer bones sore.

      Posted by kae on 2006 04 29 at 05:38 AM • permalink


    1. Can’t have been a bone saw; they would have had to put the little tykes through the washing process first (a little more intensive than your average shower) – I don’t reckon the lads would have risked getting too close to the unwashed.

      Posted by Ck on 2006 04 29 at 05:47 AM • permalink


    1. Chains: $23.00
      Petrol for kombi van ride to abattoir: $12.00
      Angle grinder: $60.00
      Spectacle of terrified hippies “begging” for the police: priceless

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 04 29 at 06:30 AM • permalink


    1. #15 B—aaanaby of the Antarctic,no less.
      O/T The ABC with its usual exquisite timing is commencing a “gentle on my mind-if only all soldiers were David Wenham”..drama series on Austrayan “soldiers” in East Timor.Promos -“if we were just nice to everyone everyone in the world would love each other” have been aired and it comes from a moonbattery factory.
      So at a time when East Timorese are fighting each other,600 army personnel have been sacked and police are “torturing” suspects according to the media -Aunty screens this love fest. David Wenham will be pleased.

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 29 at 07:19 AM • permalink


    1. Not only didn’t they have safety glasses, their birkenstocks probably didn’t have steel toes either.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2006 04 29 at 07:58 AM • permalink


    1. Re #1 and #13
      Ms Patty Mark? as in Meat Patty?

      Posted by percypup on 2006 04 29 at 08:02 AM • permalink


    1. Me silly. Me missed Tim’s headline.

      Posted by percypup on 2006 04 29 at 08:03 AM • permalink


    1. Grinder operator #2

      “It will be weeks before the stench of burnt hair and patchouli oil can be fully removed from the killing room floor.”

      /head tilt

      Posted by 13times on 2006 04 29 at 08:13 AM • permalink


    1. As an American I must say this is a little strange.  I can’t recall reading about the use of a grinder to end a protest. I like it. But protesting meat?  In Texas, that would be like protesting water or air.  Oh well, I’m off to chow down on a rib eye.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 29 at 09:05 AM • permalink


    1. Hopefully some of those circus folk will read about this incident and think of ways to improve on it. Would be wonderful to see protestors “moved along” by the very animals they’re seeking to liberate.

      Posted by erin_j on 2006 04 29 at 09:07 AM • permalink


    1. Ha!  This is reminiscent of “Sod off, swampy”.

      Posted by marcus on 2006 04 29 at 09:11 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve figured out the appeal of the left.  It’s about picking up babes.

      Women of course flock to it, but I had to account for the guys.

      No different than NOW meetings in the 70s.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 04 29 at 09:28 AM • permalink


    1. The interview on TV with Angie Stephenson (did I detect a slight N American accent there?) was a classic. She was in, or bordering on tears and the gist of her anguish seemed to be – It’s disgusting that they slaughter these animals here but even more so how could they do this to .. to .. US!

      Occasionally something happens that can keep you in high spirits for weeks to come.

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 04 29 at 09:31 AM • permalink


    1. Wouldn’t it be a de-bonding exercise?

      Posted by Andjam on 2006 04 29 at 09:39 AM • permalink


    1. These brats are used to other people accommodating their adolescent-like, oppositional defiance. Bloody anti-social, anti-human creeps.

      Bring on the angle grinders! Sparks are good.

      #23 Texas Bob. Went here last weekend. Good steak.

      Posted by JoeJr on 2006 04 29 at 09:41 AM • permalink


    1. Andjam – ooh, on the contrary, they seem to have trundled up with their chains, but bereft of both safety glasses & back bones.

      Posted by Ck on 2006 04 29 at 09:45 AM • permalink


    1. Hilarious. Most companies pay tens of thousands for these sorts of bonding exercises between management and employees. I see a market niche…

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 04 29 at 09:46 AM • permalink


    1. …and he was just saying, you know, “I’m enjoying this.”

      Sounds like some good, healthy emotional release to me.  But the activists seem to view it as something like this.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 29 at 10:00 AM • permalink


    1. It was terrifying. We didn’t have protection on our eyes. The sparks were flying.

      Sounds like Little Patty got a bit moist during her metalic bondage session.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 04 29 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Shades of Abu Ghraib!  I’m still laughing over it.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 04 29 at 10:49 AM • permalink


    1. What do they have against meat anyway?  To what belief this grounded?  Why don’t they have the same concern over celery?  Does this belief cover fish as well?  What about eggs?  OK, now I’m really hungry.  Somebody throw in some cheese and we’ll make western omelets.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 29 at 11:43 AM • permalink


    1. Is anyone else thinking these self-indulgent spoiled babies were never denied anything in their entire lives?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 04 29 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, the horror!!! So now what?  Should there be a government regulation that any private property owner who is invaded by protestors must offer said protestors eye protection before wielding an angle saw?  Probably already is an OSHA regulation on this in the U.S.

      I think it would be fun to organize a protest at, say, an orchard or a fruit and veggie trade association to demand more humane harvesting techniques.

      Off to cook some bacon…

      Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2006 04 29 at 12:36 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, Joe Jr., I am drooling!  Nothing like a big thick rare steak…grilled mushies optional.

      I think these hippies resent meat eaters experiencing joy from steak.  And also axle grinders.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 04 29 at 12:44 PM • permalink


    1. Gosh, wish I’d been there to see it. (Ya know, for two days now I’ve been reading “angle grinder” as “ankle grinder”—makes a lot more sense now.)

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 29 at 12:46 PM • permalink


    1. Ya know, I keep thinking….the workers should have just gone ahead with their slaughtering activities, and let the protesters enjoy a close up look at what they were protesting.

      But, the inspectors wouldn’t allow that much filth in the abbatior.

      Health hazard, you know.

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 04 29 at 01:35 PM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob – for what it’s worth, my personal definition of a vegetarian: Someone who thanks God that carrots aren’t cuddly.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 04 29 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. Just had to put this in from a Chomsky site.


      Speciesism is a prejudice or attitude of bias in favor of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species. Speciesism is wrong for the same reason racism and sexism are wrong—because all beings interests should count equally. Peter Singer refers to this as “the principle of equality”. “All the arguments to prove human superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals”. For any individual who can suffer, the degree of suffering, not the species of the sufferer is what should count.

      Hahahahaha no protozoa for oil! Free ritalin for 3 toed sloths! Charge whales with genocide!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 04 29 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. Sod Off Swampy.

      Capitalism puts people first.  Collectivist states put people in the ground.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 04 29 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. #42—The government of Spain is already fighting speciesism.

      The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for “the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.” The PSOE’s justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

      The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”

      According to the Project, “Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species’s closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals.”

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 04 29 at 08:16 PM • permalink


    1. Evil Pundit
      Well they have to find someone stupid enough to vote for them…

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 04 29 at 08:43 PM • permalink


    1. 45.Frollickingmole: you’re talking about Spain. They voted in the socialists after the Madrid bombing. It won’t take long to find someone to vote for a chimpanzee.

      Unless you are talking about a McChimpyFlightsuitRipsnorter or course.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 04 29 at 10:25 PM • permalink


    1. I didn’t think it could get any worse than Noam Chomsky. Then tfm gave us Noam Chomsky quoting Peter Singer and I thought well, this is absolute bottom. And then I read Evil Pundit’s post. Is the world going stark raving mad? What if simians turn out to be speciesists themselves? What if they don’t want us in theircommunity of equals? What then?

      The Great Ape Project seeks to end the unconscionable treatment of our nearest living relatives by obtaining for non-human great apes the fundamental moral and legal protections of the right to life, the freedom from arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and protection from torture.

      I’m speechless, well obviously not, but you know what I mean.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 29 at 10:46 PM • permalink


    1. Of course now the Spanish have to worry about a flood of illegal immigration by Gibraltar Rock Apes…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 29 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. #42 Ah the ABC practice speciesism…against everybody else and hey why do we have a Special Broadcasting System?

      Posted by crash on 2006 04 29 at 11:15 PM • permalink


    1. #42: There must be a word to describe stupid intellectuals. Anybody?

      Posted by paco on 2006 04 29 at 11:22 PM • permalink


    1. Patty: The workers started making lewd comments at us. Then they were nude – stripped down and exposed themselves at us. All that meat! It was horrible!

      Noah:It was wonderful!

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 04 30 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. “Chomskies” works for me, paco. Remember that European poll that named him the smartest person on the planet? And, as I recall, his was one of the top names mentioned when asked “who would you choose to head a one-world government” or some such (I think Bill Clinton beat him on that one). Good night nurse. So, are we going to have to let apes marry our daughters now?

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 30 at 01:04 AM • permalink


    1. I say good on the Spanish! Now perhaps they’ll have members in their society who actually have the fortitude to stand up for their country.  The Spanish have become so…. well,… French.  Start up a draft.  The 1st Gorilla Fusiliers, the 82nd Airborne Macaca Division, 5-2 Air Defense Chimpanzee Regiment.  Its bound to be better than what they have now.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 04 30 at 01:32 AM • permalink


    1. paco, I think the word you are looking for is ‘progressyves’.  At least it appears to be in the US.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 04 30 at 01:48 AM • permalink


    1. Paco, I’m not sure I can land on one of many synomyns that come to mind, but the first thing that needs to happen is for the term “intellectual” stop being used anywhere near these people.  It is an epistemological crime against reality to use “intellect” in any definition of the concept which designates Chomski and his kin.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 04 30 at 02:51 AM • permalink


    1. For some reason my edit didn’t go through.  I added:

      I think the word “murderer” fits the bill.  They kill more people with their ideas than any one individual could possibly kill with a weapon.  Notice that even dictators work very hard at propaganda directed at their own people.  Chomski and his kind can be heard in every word spoken by bin Laden and his cohorts, along with every editorial in the media of the Middle East.

      How many of the terrorists leaders were educated in the West?  We seem bound to arm our enemies, with technology and ideas.  It’s the ideas that are the most vicious and destructive, however.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 04 30 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. Did anyone else notice the irony of a guy called Hannibal being an animal liberationist?

      Posted by JamesP on 2006 04 30 at 05:23 AM • permalink


    1. I used to pick lettuce (briefly).
      I thought: “My God, I might be destroying a living soul.”
      So I started picking tomatoes.
      Then I thought: “My God, this plant won’t be able to reproduce and have little kiddy tomatoes.”
      So I went fishing.
      Then I thought: “My God, this poor little fishy. How could I eat him. He was staring at me with those big fishy eyes.”
      Then I had a drink of water.
      “Then I thought: “My God I am disturbing Nature’s delicate eco-balance and depriving the yuppie suburbs of their vital water for their Spring Water bottles.”
      Then I breathed a breath of fresh air.
      Then I thought: “My God, what with planet warming and CO2 pollution I am breathing what might be left of the planet’s vital oxygen supplies.”

      So I lay down to die, safe in the knowledge that I was the complete eco conservationist.
      And my thoughts went out to those poor souls starting out on the same journey as myself decrying the slaughter of innocent animals to provide red meat to a starving (or is it obese these days) population.

      Then I knew that the journey they were embarking on was only beginning.
      They too would be joining me later as the Complete Ex-Meat Eater, the Complete Ex-Vegetarian, the complete Ex-Riparian deflowerer of Virgin Piscean Resources, the Complete Ex-Depleter of the Earth’s Vital Ozone Layer.

      So I welcome my new Colleagues into this Ethereal World of those that were but are no longer.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 04 30 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. Texas Bob — Not to mention the close-order drill during the parades will be a hootenahalf…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 30 at 12:19 PM • permalink


    1. Kyda — just remember, ‘chomski’ has to be lower-case cuz it’s a generic term.  You know, “box of rocks,” “bag of hammers,” “faculty of chomskis…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 30 at 12:22 PM • permalink


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