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In the tradition of last year’s casting out of the swampies, a superb example of counter activism from Queensland meatworkers:
Animal activists bit off more than they could chew this morning when they chained themselves to the killing area of an abattoir at Ipswich in south-east Queensland.
The 12 protesters got a fright when meatworkers took matters into their own hands and used angle grinders to cut the chains off the activists so they could get back to work.
I love this country.
Protester Angie Stephenson says it was terrifying.
“The workers, they were standing around cheering and whooping and yelling and making lewd comments so we had to call the police and tell them to get out here straight away,” she said.
They called police to protect them from people who were determined to get to work. This might be the happiest news story of the year—made even more so by the fact the protesters were attempting to disrupt something called the World Meat Congress.
(Via Evil Pundit)
- Suddenly, I have this craving for a huge hamburger…..Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 28 at 01:20 AM • permalink
- Mmmmmmmm. World Meat Congress!
Post congress BBQ must be a ripsnorter!Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 04 28 at 01:25 AM • permalink
- # 5 Dan
shame they didn’t do that.
Why don’t they go over to the ME and protest there? Maybe there they’d get
their chainscut off their chains.
If it was near Ipswich it could have been at Dinmore. Would have given the meatworkers some entertainment.
I will ask my next door neighbour when next I see him, he works at those meatworks.
- Didn’t these vegie fools get the memo?
Red Meat, We Were Meant To Eat It.
Although judging by the girl in this picture, she could do with putting some meat on her bones.
—NoraPosted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 04 28 at 01:42 AM • permalink
- I heard protestor Angie Stephenson on the radio this morning speaking of her terrifying ordeal – you’d have thought she was a hostage recently released in Iraq!
Good to hear Premier Beattie having the nads to say they ‘Got what they deserved’.Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 04 28 at 02:05 AM • permalink
- Man, this latest crop of the clueless are more clueless than usual, as evidenced by that little piece of fluff Angie. They always seem so shocked when people react normally to having their lives interferred with by those who have no business doing so.
We’re all just groups vying for power over the next group, so can’t we all just get along?
Loved the lewd comments.
- Angie Stephenson has described her releasers as “Arseholes”.
Andrew Jaspan has described this as “fair comment under the circumstances”.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 04 28 at 02:18 AM • permalink
- So, let me get this straight:
These *cough* protesters, who intended to commit an act of civil disobedience, punishable by law, enforced by the SS (oops!) police—
—must call the POLICE to get them out of unpleasantness ….
Someone change their nappies, please. And put them to bed.
(Any *cough* lewd acts committed on their persons in course, must be excused, in view of their obvious, um, “lower-order envy.”)
- From the courier mail report:
“They were terrorising this young girl because the blade was so close to the face and they were basically enjoying traumatising her,” he said.
Mr Hannibal said protesters allowed police to escort them off the premises because the girl was so upset”
http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/story/0,20797,18956434-3102,00.htmlPosted by attilathepun on 2006 04 28 at 02:25 AM • permalink
- #17 Maybe the veggies reckon early humans had to develop intricate hand signals and complex vocalisations to coordinate their hunting parties because their prey was the elusive and wily tuber—as well as the rapacious root and the ever dangerous grub.Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 28 at 02:59 AM • permalink
- It’s casserole weather here, maybe some nice lamb shanks bubbling away quietly on the stove, filling the house with its delicious aroma, until the meat falls off the bone, with creamy potato mash on the side, a bottle of red and some nice bread to mop up the juices.
Thanks, whooping and yelling meatworkers.
- I wonder if the libbers are aware that it is the Beef Australia 2006 in that tourist mecca Rockhampton next week.
The ringers and
landed gentrystruggling cow cockies would give them pretty short thrift if they were stupid enough to turn up there too!
- Meanwhile, in other exciting news from norhtern Australia, crocodile steals chainsaw.
- If were not meant to eat animals then why are they made of meat?Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 04 28 at 04:08 AM • permalink
- This story has greatly improved my (rather surly) mood just in time for the weekend. Thanks, Tim!Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 04 28 at 04:47 AM • permalink
- Vegetarianism is cool!
Check out Linda McCartney –
She’s stone cold dead.Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 04 28 at 05:26 AM • permalink
- Those meatworkers obviously have access to some very special technology: angle grinders with blades. Where can I get one?Posted by Chris Chittleborough on 2006 04 28 at 06:16 AM • permalink
- Excellent. I hope this fine piece of enterprise inspires our legislators. Perhaps the government will add an amendment to the new Industrial Relations laws stating that all workplaces under threat from greenie activists must have a working angle grinder in easy reach of every employee.Posted by James Waterton on 2006 04 28 at 06:23 AM • permalink
- The attitude of these baby protesters makes me think of Florence King’s sarcastic remarks, when commenting on the delicate sensibilities of today’s liberal activist, about how at least protesters in the Sixties expected and even welcomed violence.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 04 28 at 06:31 AM • permalink
- Ubique: I dunno, I expect they’d be too stringy and lacking in sufficient flesh. Better to boil them down for soup.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 04 28 at 06:32 AM • permalink
- I was out admiring the crop of future cheeseburgers just the other day http://home.att.net/~rhhardin5/winterbeef01.jpg
It’s one of the amazing things that the same animal provides both meat and cheese.
- #34, Janice:
There’s a major disconnect somewhere in her mind map of what constitutes appropriate behaviour.
There’s a major disconnect with more than the mind map that discerns appropriate behaviour. She has a whole lot of blank areas labled “Here Lies Terror”. I’ve never figured out how demanding that everyone else be as ignorant as you are just will make you safer, though. It must be terrible to be so afraid of the world. Amazing how so much of that terror evaporates when one grows up and acquaints oneself with reality.
Where do they get the idea that it is easier to rule people than it is to rule nature?
- All I can say is … no I won’t say anything … I’ll let the Sam Kekovich Australia Day Lamb Ad say it all.
Who’s Sam Kekovich? Click here.
It’s great to have a sense of humour …
- Beautiful story, Mr Blair. Made my day!
Back in the 60’s, the
filthy stinking hippiesprotesters would bellow; “Off the Pigs!”, now more genteel filthy stinking hippiesmodern protesters bellow “Call the Pigs”.Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 04 28 at 07:29 AM • permalink
- #19 MentalFloss, that cracked me up. I am so glad I wasn’t drinking when I read your comment LOL!Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 04 28 at 07:58 AM • permalink
- Speaking of their protests about ‘human meat’, anyone remember manbeef.com in 2002?
http://web.archive.orgwww.manbeef.com/home.htmlPosted by ausdiplomad on 2006 04 28 at 08:17 AM • permalink
- God bless the Anglosphere! Where Men can be Men and Swampy’s tossed out on his quaking little yellow backside!Posted by Monroe Doctrine on 2006 04 28 at 08:49 AM • permalink
- MentalFloss — Vegetarians are bad cuz —
Vegetables live in the DIRT! They’re closer to HELL!
— The Goddam George Liquor Show comic
How smart do you have to be to stalk a blade of grass?
— Larry Niven
This isn’t food. This is what food eats!
— Red Foreman, That 70’s ShowPosted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 28 at 09:35 AM • permalink
- This just in: the World Meat Congress, by a vote of 71-51, voted down a resolution introduced by roast pork loin condemning the use of angle cutters, with prime rib and flank steak abstaining.Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2006 04 28 at 12:54 PM • permalink
- That settles it – pepperoni pizza for lunch! 😀
(Steak for dinner.)Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 04 28 at 01:01 PM • permalink
- Angle grinders, heh.
Pansies must’ve thought they were coming after them with bone saws.Posted by Rittenhouse on 2006 04 28 at 01:38 PM • permalink
- Just a question based upon some prior threads.
What if little Angie Angst had hit the meatpacker with the chain after being cut free? Let us further assume that she didn’t fling a “warning chain” over his head first.
Could she be arrested becaise she did not “retreat” first? After all, she thought she was still in danger or she wouldn’t have called the police.
Just a simple query.
- Animal Activists: The Other White Meat.Posted by Monroe Doctrine on 2006 04 28 at 02:08 PM • permalink
- #53, ham sandwich for lunch here, and meat loaf for dinner.
My son and his family are vegetarians. I feel I have failed as a parent.
But the mental image I got of all those meat-eschewing (doesn’t that sound odd to say?) little wimps crying for their mamas as they were cut free… well, that just made me laugh, so thanks, Tim.
- Ah Australia! God bless you all!
First AC/DC, then “Sod off Swampy!” and now this.
Not too sure about the McCulloch-weilding crocs though. On the other hand, maybe the croc just wanted to cut down some trees. That’s my kind of reptile!Posted by Bill Spencer on 2006 04 28 at 02:49 PM • permalink
- 58 Trexkilla
i recently moved to about 6 blocks away from PETA’s world headquarters. Any ideas as to what i can do to take maximum advantage of this proximity… for evil?
Downtown, Freemason, or Ghent? Either way, what you need is a trebuchet! A big one, big enough to fling a cow onto their roof!Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 04 28 at 03:04 PM • permalink
- #63 Stoop, i’m in Ghent. The roof of my building is big and flat, perfect for medieval artillery, but the neighbors would probably complain. Especially if i let the cow ‘cure’ first.
Colley Avenue has been adopted by PETA, actually, which opens up some interesting possibilities in the realm of roadkill…
- #57 RebeccaH – Nah, don’t feel you’ve failed. You do your best, then children make their own
Look at it this way: more meat for the rest of us!
As for “meat-eschewing” – aren’t you glad we’re meat-chewing instead? 😀Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 04 28 at 04:19 PM • permalink
- #57, RebeccaH,
Well, geez louis, Rebecca. It just goes to show that you just never know the heartbreak that can be going on right next door. I would never have guessed by reading your comments. The whole family, huh?
Our children are individuals and we can’t take all the blame for the choices they make. Take courage.
So what do you feed them for Sunday dinner? Do kids still go to Mom’s for Sunday dinner?
- All Kerry cares about is that you use Heinz ketchup—lots and lots of Heinz ketchup. Those SUVs don’t fill themselves, you know.Posted by Monroe Doctrine on 2006 04 28 at 04:36 PM • permalink
- I eat your spring lamb on the rack frequently. Don’t change a thing.
“The meat industry is responsible for the deaths of 50 billion animals each year – many of whom suffer terribly before their premature death,” Ms Stephenson said.
Now, I’m an animal lover (and an animal eater sitting as I do at the top of the chain) and I never want animals to suffer needlessly. However, Angie and her crew behave as though animals have a cognitive awareness of their mortality and quality of life and an expectation of longevity. The lamb led to slaughter probably senses something bad is about to happen, but that’s his instinct at work not psychological angst at the prospect of his “premature” death. If these ridiculous people were merely working for humane conditions for these animals, I would be right behind them. But they’re not, so I’m not.
While we’re on the topic of working people, a side note to all the Yanks passing through: On Monday, May Day, we’re supposed to boycott work, school and shopping in solidarity with our “immigrants”. So, be sure to go to work and/or school and, for God’s sake, buy something (something expensive—you can take it back on Tuesday). Oh, and go see Flight 93. I don’t have a job or school to go to, but I’ve planned a shopping spree for the morning followed by a matinee showing of the film. Then maybe my husband and I will go out to dinner. Shaping up to be a fine day.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 28 at 04:59 PM • permalink
- Sounds like an interesting twist on one of the lines from _The International_: Workers of the world unite! All that’s in the way is greenies in chains!Posted by Foobarista on 2006 04 28 at 05:11 PM • permalink
- 65 Trex
Especially if i let the cow ‘cure’ first.
A dead cow doesn’t present them with quite enough of a moral and engineering problem, no no. A live cow, on the roof, would keep them busy for days and days, which in turn would cut down on all the other stupid mischeif they find time for.
That said, p’raps a trebuchet isn’t the ideal delivery system after all. Can you get access to a helicopter?Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 04 28 at 05:27 PM • permalink
- #23 Croc with a chainsaw…you know, it sounds like Gaia has plans. I’m no expert but based on 40-odd years of casual observation I’m pretty sure the EarthMother is pro-carnivism, and doesn’t mind a good slash flick either.
P.S. very disappointed in the caliber of Oz anti-meat activists. They don’t sound very empowered. However, probably suffering from severe protein and growth hormone deficiencies and can’t be blamed for whining.Posted by crittenden on 2006 04 28 at 06:07 PM • permalink
- If people want to be vegetarians, that’s fine with me. Just don’t get between me and my animal-based protein. I bite.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 28 at 06:28 PM • permalink
- Perhaps they’d like to return to a more natural form of death, like the way the big cats tear the limbs off their prey and chow down without bothering to actually kill it. Dinner is hardly going to run away sans legs.
Spike Milligan once claimed to be a vegetarian. He had a strict policy of not eating meat-eating animals.
- I must say, Nora and I actually appreciated Channel 7 Brisbane’s coverage of this story last night. Newsreader Kay McGrath’s intro was totally sarcastic and when it came to footage of Stephenson bleating about how afraid the poor girl was, the reporter noted ‘Outside, there was plenty of crying but no tears’ inferring her angst was a put-on. They must all be meat-eaters up at Mt Coot-tha.
Incidentally, it was the Churchill meatworks, Kae.
—NickPosted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 04 28 at 07:50 PM • permalink
- Karl Marx is spinning in his grave over the title of this post. Great work, Tim!Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 04 28 at 09:20 PM • permalink
- As for “meat-eschewing” – aren’t you glad we’re meat-chewing instead?
Am I ever.
So what do you feed them for Sunday dinner?
They live a bit too far away for Sunday dinner, and I solve my holiday problem by inviting them to their grandma’s. She makes enough food for an army, so they can always find something to gnosh on. Otherwise, if they come to my house, they get spaghetti. With Ragu. I love them, I do, but not enough to give up meat-eating.
- Bad pun alert.
Are The Beat going to perform at the World Meat Congress?Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 04 28 at 10:02 PM • permalink
The poor girl the experience must have been just offal.Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 04 28 at 10:32 PM • permalink
- That didn’t come out very well.
The poor girl, the experience must have been just offal.Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 04 28 at 10:46 PM • permalink
- trexkilla, try contacting David’s BarBeQ in Louisville, Ky., for a stack of his ‘I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables’ bumper stickers. Then find out where PETA parks.Posted by Harry Eagar on 2006 04 28 at 11:38 PM • permalink
- This reminds me of a story of greenies trying to stop loggers from working. A greeny climbed a tree and chained himself to it stating that he wouldn’t come down.
One of the loggers decided to help him come down by firing up his chainsaw and starting to cut down the tree.
A local copper tapped the logger on the shoulder and shook his head. When the chainsaw stopped the greeny was supposed to have nearly run down the tree. Yelling that the were all mad and savages.
Lesson to both these stories don’t mess with a bloke carrying a chainsaw or anglegrinder. If steel and timber can’t stop them a little hippy or vege isn’t going to be much of a problem.
- Crittenden — Wait til they learn to shoot! CROCS WITH GLOCKS!Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 29 at 12:17 AM • permalink
- Kyda — Some of us are organizing a scavenging hunt for Latino-Free Monday. The winning item is to find a California WalMart cashier who speaks English.
Of course, TUESDAY there will probably be tons of them who speak Tagalog or Russian…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 29 at 12:19 AM • permalink
- A crochety contrarian I once knew opined “I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals—I’m a vegetarian because I hate vegetables!”Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 04 29 at 12:42 AM • permalink
- So the left upholds the downtrodden workers but is terrified of, um, workers…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 29 at 01:31 AM • permalink
- Mr. Smith Goes to the World Meat Congress:
“Mr. Speaker, you can’t ignore the grill of the people!”Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 29 at 02:16 AM • permalink
- Think of all those Greenhouse Gasses the animals (mostly ruminants) would emit if we didn’t slaughter ‘em!
And then it would be a waste not to cook ‘em, slowely, basting with a nice red wine jus, accompanied by baked potato and parsnip; pumpkin and nice fresh peas. Of course there’s a choice of two MASSIVE reds.Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 04 29 at 03:02 AM • permalink
- # 58, Trexkilla:
Maybe you can get yourself a used (cheap) set of indoor/outdoor speakers to set up on your roof and play this little ditty at em.
Artist Lyrics: Arrogant Worms
Song Lyrics: Carrot Juice Is Murder
[Buy ” ” CD]
Listen up brothers and sisters, come hear my desperate tale
I speak of our friends of nature, trapped in the dirt like a jail
Vegetables live in oppresion, served on our tables each night
The killing of veggies is madness, I say we take up the fight
Salads are only for murderers, cole slaw’s a fascist regime
Don’t think that they don’t have feelings, just cuz a radish can’t
I’ve heard the screams of the vegetables (scream scream
Watching their skins being peeled (Having their insides
Grated and steamed with no mercy (burning off calories)
How do you think that feels (bet it hurts really bad)
Carrot Juice constitutes murder (and that’s a real crime)
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (let my vegetables grow)
It’s time to stop all this gardening (it’s as dirty as hell)
Let’s call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade…)
I saw a man eating celery, so I beta him black and blue
If he ever touches a sprout again, I’ll bite him clean in two
I’m a political prisoner trapped in a windowless cage
Cuz I stopped the slughter of turnips by killing three men in a
I told the judge when he sentenced me, this is my finest hour
I’d kill those farmers again just to save one more cauliflower
How low as people do we dare to stoop
Making young broccoli’s bleed in the soup
Untie your beans, uncage your tomatoes, let ptted plants free
Don’t mash that potatoe
I’ve heard the screams of the vegetables (scream scream
Watching their skins being peeled (fates in the stir fry are
Grated and steamed with no mercy (you fat gourmet slob)
How do you think that feels (leave them out in the fields)
Carrot Juice constitutes murder (V8’s genocide)
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (yes your compost’s a grave)
It’s time to stop all this gardening (take up macram_)
Let’s call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade…)
Power to the peas
Give peas a chance
All we are saying is give peas a chance
found it here http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/a/arrogantworms8747/carrotjuiceismurder297171.html
with any luck, they can be guilted into starving themselves to death.
- #98, #95, Right on! I’m on a strictly petroleum-based diet. Let’s all get together people! We need to make McDonald’s start using Styrofoam containers again because paper kills trees and I’m hungry.Posted by crittenden on 2006 04 29 at 08:12 AM • permalink
- #96 back when I was still eating meat and vegies the lamb in the US is wicked expensive and comes in small portions. Nice Styro tray, however!Posted by crittenden on 2006 04 29 at 08:14 AM • permalink
- I get my lamb at Costco ($13-15 for a typical rack)—pricey, yes, but no more so than a quality steak and oh so worth it. I trim the fat as close as possible, do a pepper, garlic, rosemary rub and cook it over an open flame, which gives it that wonderful crust, until it’s medium rare. My favorite accompaniments are red potatoes tossed in olive oil and garlic salt roasted on the barbie and pear salad, and, because my mother is a southerner and it’s the way I grew up, often with a little mint jelly on the side. And, of course, a robust red wine. Sublime. Okay, enough of that since it’s only 9:00am and my mouth is watering and I don’t happen to have any lamb in the freezer presently. Must buy some on Monday.
Richard—Some of us are organizing a scavenging hunt for Latino-Free Monday. The winning item is to find a California WalMart cashier who speaks English. Good luck with that. How far north do you think you’ll have to go to find one? (Everybody up here speaks English, so if you have to come this far, gimme a ring.) AP reports that rumors of a massive nation-wide sweep caused thousands of “immigrants” to stay home from work and keep their children out of school. A rep from the So Florida general contractors assoc was pissing and moaning about how 50% of the construction crews didn’t show (“This is costing millions of dollars a day, and I don’t know who is going to pay for it,” he said). 50%! I guess construction is one more of those jobs Americans just won’t do anymore.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 29 at 12:08 PM • permalink
- Kae—Next thing you know PETA et al will be lobbying and protesting that we let the widdle furry animals have tertiary education.
What does that mean? I know what “tertiary” means of course, but not when it’s linked to “education”. Is it primary school (grades K-6)?Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 29 at 12:15 PM • permalink
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