July 26, 2014

Stop Factory Farming Protest 2014 - marching through Christchurch City Centre

We had a brilliant day - sunny and an impressive turnout of people marching to get their message across, all over New Zealand.

The SAFE page has more details....

Some of my students and my daughter in law Jess far left, with Poppy 
Realistically the need to farm meat is not going to go away, but a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act means that some of the systems need improving fast and the Ministry of Primary Industries is not doing enough to control the methods in use. Inadequate space for battery hens and the use of sow crates on a permanent basis  being two that need changing and quickly.

As well as marching for such a good cause, it was also interesting to walk slowly round the city centre, juggling camera, large sign blowing in the wind and Poppy greeting every dog walking with us!
It was a totally disorientating experience.  Many times my daughter in law Jess and I had to stop and work out where we were - the main landmarks have gone and we struggled to reconcile the old and the new. Empty spaces and new constructions are everywhere - and it is a while since I took the time to look. Usually I drive through.

We started in Latimer Square near the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral.  That is now on the original site of St Johns Church where Jess and James got married in 2006....

Pig Onesies were everywhere....

Poppy and Jess approaching the Town Hall in Victoria Square

Time for a spot of slogan chanting...... 

I should have got a balloon for Poppy... and check out those leggings on the little girl!!
We gathered in Cathedral Square for a bit more slogan and noise... which gave me some time to study the Cathedral more closely...

Nice new layout in the Square...

Jess nearing the old Strip in Oxford Terrace - Best way to carry our signs in the gusty winds....

Repairs to Bridge of Rememberance

A stroll through the container mall while market day was on

Looking to the hills and across towards the polytech - demolition and rebuild on the go
Poppy enjoyed it!

It made a nice end to the first week of term.  Relieved that is over too - was a bit hectic with two new classes starting.

In other news - Liam decided to do the Ice Challenge for Cancer fundraising. On a freezing night he managed all three buckets of ice water. I filmed it for him and got a hot shower going!
Well done Liam....

I'll leave you with Jess - in one of her many "beds".

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