Activists shut down calf slaughterhouse and more Zedlines

More than 20 activists entered and shut down Highchester slaughterhouse in Gleneagle, near Beaudesert, this morning.

This took place after activist groups Animal Liberation Queensland and Aussie Farms released undercover footage showing what happens behind the scenes in the dairy industry.

Local forces are negotiating with the activists and no further statement has been released.


Upcoming State election welcomes young blood

In exciting news for the youth of Queensland, the upcoming State election will feature at least five candidates aged in their early 20s. 

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Melbourne abattoir remains open despite evidence of abuse, and more zedlines...

Animal rights activists have released footage of Star Poultry Supply abattoir in Keysborough, Melbourne boiling chickens alive. Photo source: Flickr

The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victoria’s abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.

The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABC’s 7.30 saying they were “satisfied” with the company’s handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.

Aboriginal painting breaks record of highest selling painting by female Australian artist and more Zedlines

Earth's Creation, painted by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, has sold for 2.1 million dollars at Fine Art Bourse auction, setting the record for a female Australian artist. Photo source: Fine Art Bourse

Earth's Creation broke its own record set in 2007 when it sold for 1.05 million dollars.

The auction was held on Thursday at Cooee Art, Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery.

Auctioneer Tim Goodman believes the sale will revitalise the Aboriginal art market.

The artwork has been granted an export permit to be displayed to further international audiences.

Traditional adoption practices to be acknowledged under Labor government

Biocontrol for Australian fauna employs South American bugs and more Zedlines

Biocontrol bugs from South America are battling the cat's claw creepers plants that smother natural Australian fauna.

Gympie Landcare biological technical officer, Yvonne Hennel, has stated using bugs is necessary because of the manpower, time and cost of maintaining the plants by hand.

Cat’s claw creepers have the potential to tear down trees and kill off vast areas of vegetation, posing a major threat to local flora and fauna.


Queensland One Nation Leader apologises over wording on safe schools program

Queensland One Nation leader, Steve Dickson, has apologised over his wording of the safe school’s sex education program.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia’s detention centres more than a week ago.


NSW shark net trial extended to 2019, despite environmental concerns

Federal Government Environmental Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has granted the NSW Government a two year extension for their exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Photo Source: Wikicommons

The extension was given despite the Environmental Department’s own advice noting the negative impact the nets have on the marine animals.

The Humane Society International has called the trial an ecological disaster, which has killed and injured endangered species.

The shark net trial will be extended to October 2019.

Labor promises $15 million in Sunshine Coast broadband project

The Labor party has promised an investment of $15 million into the Sunshine Coast’s international broadband submarine cable project if re-elected.

Labor pledges $679 million towards the redevelopment of three hospitals and more Zedlines...

Labor has revealed $679 million is to be spent on the redevelopment of three south-east Queensland hospitals. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In Labor's biggest funding pledge yet, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the funding would increase capacity at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals by more than 320 beds and provide a new $12.6 million maternity ward at the Logan Hospital.

The commitment includes $575.8 million over funding allocated in this year's budget.

Potential for new PCYC facilities in Brisbane suburbs

In the southern and riverside Brisbane suburbs, communities have been discussing the potential for one or
more PCYC facilities.

Dark Side of Melbourne Cup

For many people, Melbourne Cup is a fun celebration, that brings an opportunity to dress up, have a punt and enjoy spring. But there is a dark side to the Melbourne Cup and the racing industry, that is not always acknowledged. Not only is there issues with widespread animal cruelty and horse deaths, but this time also brings a boom in ads for gambling apps and websites. Ebony Wilson spoke to Gerard Bryne from the Salvation Army about how this can be a challenging time for problem gamblers and Jane Speechly from the RSPCA about the problems of animal cruelty 

Criminals selling fake dogs before Christmas and more Zedlines

Queensland Police are warning that scammers are using reputable trading websites, social media, and local newspapers to sell fake dogs in the lead up to Christmas.

The culprits are claiming they have recently moved interstate or overseas and are forcing buyers to pay for transport and medical expenses before the dogs can be delivered.

Police are urging Queenslanders not to trust an ad just because it appears in a legitimate newspaper or website, saying that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

LNP electricity policy raises concerns about solar power

Scientists Push for Conservation Funerals

Traditional burial rites are suprisingly damaging to the enviroment. Chemicals used in embalming can damage surrounding soil, plants and animals, while it estimated that in the US the equivalent of 4 million acres of forests are used for coffins every year. Cemetries also use a lot of land, which requires much water and resources to maintain. 4ZZZ reporter Ebony Wilson spoke to scientist Matthew Holden, who has a radical new idea for conversation burials to reduce the impacts that a funeral can have.