I listen to the ABC news on the radio every night (I don't have a TV). Usually we time dinner so we're eating when the headlines come on. Monday night I tuned in a bit early, because Peter Singer was the feature of the show Talking Heads. I have only just started reading a book by Singer (In Defense of the Animals: the Second Wave which came out in 2006), and I know he's a slightly controversial figure, but it was interesting to hear him speak about his life and his philosophies. He also showed off his cooking skills. The transcript of the interview is here, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you can find his recipe for dahl. Andy made it last night, with a few minor adjustments (no bay leaves, extra ginger, cumin, cloves, etc.). The camera batteries died, so I didn't get to take a photo, but it looked like dahl, so it's not that exciting. But it was tasty!
So, blog readers, what are your thoughts on Peter Singer?
Now, on to the human battery cages. Vegetation discusses them, so I'm piggy-backing off her post, but I got really excited when I looked through the website. I shouldn't get ahead of myself, though. A human-sized battery cage is travelling around Australia, setting up in public places, and providing information about battery eggs. They are also distributing a petition which aims to stop the use of battery cages in Australia.
I looked through the tour dates, and although Townsville isn't specifically mentioned, they are coming to the "North Queensland Coast" in July. Surely they're coming to Tville, right? They are asking for volunteers in each city to sit in the cages for a few hours to demonstrate how cramped they really are. Volunteers can also collect signatures, or even house some of the people touring while they're in town. I don't have space for anyone at my house, but I've signed up to sit in the cage. I'm really excited about this. In a nerdy way. I hope that the message hits home for a lot of people, but I'm also hoping to meet some other Australian vegans, in person.
Anyways, check out their site, and if you're in Australia, consider helping out in any way you can. And I'll update this issue if they do come to Tville, with pictures and stuff.