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The commitment of vegan businesses to animal welfare is laudable, but are they being sheep in their labour practices by doing things the old way? Researchers are asking questions about their labour standards and commitment to social justice. (Shutterstock)

It’s not business as usual for vegan businesses

While the commitment of vegan businesses to animal well-being is laudable, is that where their ethical commitments stop? Are they reproducing bare-minimum labour standards, or aiming higher?
In Israel, a petition against live sheep shipments has been signed by 60 leading rabbis. Mark Brake/AAP

Stop the sheep trade in the northern summer, veterinarians say

The submission recommends an increase in the space allocation for each animal of at least 30% for sheep weighing 40-60 kilograms – the weight range of the typical sheep sent to the Middle East.
The male cardinal tenderly feeding his mate is just one example of the hard work wild animals undertake in springtime. That work often benefits humans. (Shutterstock)

How the hard work of wild animals benefits us too

Wild animals are hard at work this spring. Here's how their hard labour benefits humans, and why we should be more appreciative.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon said farmers could actually benefit from the end of live sheep exports. Lukas Coch/AAP

The ALP promises to phase out live sheep export

The undertaking represents another stage in the toughening of Labor policy on the issue. The opposition had a bipartisan approach a few weeks ago.
Horses graze on a ranch as the sun rises near Smithers, B.C., in September 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Getting the facts about work in horse stables

Horses have played a major role in our culture and have worked hard for human beings for eons. But there's high turnover and pressing labour issues in horse stables. It's time to figure out why.

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