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Voiceless Rethinking: Dairy Cows

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.

Voiceless is an independent, non-profit think tank focused on raising awareness of animals suffering in factory farming and the kangaroo industry in Australia.

This March, Voiceless is launching a ground-breaking seminar titled 'Voiceless Rethinking: Dairy Cows' which will consider the ethics of high production dairy farming in Australia.

Australian Dairy Farming is often described as a 'no harm' industry, but according to Voiceless's latest report, The Life of the Dairy Cow: A Report on the Australian Dairy Industry, there are many key issues which need to be acknowledged and discussed.

From forced pregnancies to calves as waste products, this seminar will question our treatment of the Australian dairy cow, who is under constant pressure to produce more and more milk to satisfy consumer demand for milk, butter and cheese.

A panel of renowned speakers will be participating in the seminar, including philanthropist and animal protection advocate, Philip Wollen OAM; academic and co-author of Voiceless report 'The Life of the Dairy Cow', Dr Deidre Wicks; organic dairy farmer, Vicki Jones, and co-owner of renowned Melbourne vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters, Mo Wyse.

Each speaker has worked to improve the lives of dairy cows in their own way and aims to challenge the way we think about, use and consume these beautiful, intelligent and emotionally complex animals. They will share their views on the many welfare concerns inherent in dairy farming, their personal journeys and approaches to improving these concerns.

The public are invited to join the conversation and learn more about what they can do to improve the welfare of dairy cows.

Tickets are priced $12, which includes a glass of wine and nibbles.

To reserve your seat, please click here.

You can also donate to Voiceless and found out more about this event by visiting

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When: Thursday 5 March 2015 at 6-7.30pm
Where: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium Royal Botanic Gardens Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC
Cost: $12 includes a glass of wine and nibbles
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