Promoting understanding
and compassion for animals

What is this all about?

My name is Diana and I am an animal lover. Chances are if you are reading this, then you are too.
This blog is for all of us who totally, utterly and passionately love animals.
And if like me, you have ever wondered why you are the way you are, then I hope you may begin to find some answers here.

If you are new to the site, please go to the first entry for ‘Di’s Diary’ and introduce yourself. You can also learn about the other contributors and read their stories.

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Putting on a show

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“I love to put on a show for my friends and family but they know that it is no show when it comes to my attitude to animal cruelty.”

And so began Kelsea’s impromptu speech in the Year 5/6 State Finals of the Multicultural Public Speaking competition, the only state wide competition for primary school students. As I sat in the audience mesmerised by this eleven years old grasp of the difference between right and wrong and her sense of justice for all living creatures I was filled with a sense of hope for the future.  Things may not be progressing as fast as I or many other animals lovers would like but I knew there and then that there are a vast army of devotees ready to take over from our generation’s legacy. Kelsea was not the only one to tackle animal cruelty in her speech and a number of the others also talked about environmental problems. They did so with sincerity and passion. Although they are children, they have an awareness beyond their years and they are the leaders of the future.

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Supply chain assurance – Oh really!

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Having been involved in the business training/ elearning industry for over 20 years I am well aware of the concept of Quality Improvement/ TQM/ Continuous Improvement/ Quality Assurance/ Kaizen etc, etc. There are so many terms/ concepts/ theories that relate to this area it is hard to keep track of them and their subtle or not so subtle differences. But underlying the terminology is a commitment to improving bottom line profits, eliminating waste and uniting workers/ colleagues in a shared vision. There is also a common thread that, for continuous improvement to occur, faults and errors must be identified and then rectified. In business these errors may indeed be substantial – resulting in losses to the company and shareholder profits but apart from OHS issues, these rarely result in catastrophic anguish or suffering (although I suppose some people would argue that stock market losses could be described in this way).

The point is that for me, Quality Assurance and all its nuances is a process which aims to streamline the production of inanimate things –where the errors and waste and faults have no bearing on the actual things, only those who seek to benefit from them.

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Three pardons for a pig – Part 2

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It was the fear that started it. I didn’t want him to be afraid of me. That may sound strange because I was planning to kill the little chap anyway but I like to think that the animals I do kill have a happy life. They are free to enjoy their environment and they have shelter and good feed.

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Book excerpt no 11

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The pain of letting go…

Probably the only negative aspect of sharing your life with an animal is that generally they have a much shorter life span than your own. And while you may be aware of this fact, it does not make the pain or the grief any easier to deal with when they are gone.

In fact sometimes the grief can be so devastating that you do not possibly think that you can go on and you cannot ever imagine loving another animal again.

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