Hurt people: suspended sentence; Hurt cows: 2 years in prison

Not saying the bastard didn?t deserve the prison time, but it does put Ross Filipo?s ?Losi Filipo’s case in stark contrast.

A Waikato slaughterman who admitted abusing more than 100 bobby calves has had his sentence of home detention replaced on appeal by a two-year prison term.

Noel Erickson’s original sentence, which including 200 hours of community, was handed down in the Huntly District Court in July.

The 39-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to the abuse of 111 bobby calves at a Te Kauwhata pet food processing plant in August last year.

The charges included wilfully ill-treating a calf and representative charges of recklessly ill-treating calves, ill-treating calves and using blunt force trauma.

The maximum penalty he faced was five years’ imprisonment. ? Read more »


‘Cultural barriers’ make life hard for the blind

Disability access advocate David Foran kneels with his guide dog, Oliver, at a tram stop in Southbank

Disability access advocate David Foran kneels with his guide dog, Oliver, at a tram stop in Southbank

How hard hearted does a person have to be to refuse transport to a blind person with a guide dog? Blind people have a hard enough life without having to deal with discrimination on top of their disability.

Victorian guide dogs and their handlers are facing the highest rates of discrimination in the nation, with taxis refusing or questioning right of access 46 per cent of the time.

A new Guide Dogs Victoria survey found two-thirds of guide dog handlers faced discrimination in the past year, including at shopping centres and cafes.

Legally, the only place guide dogs are not allowed is in operating theatres and at zoos.

Guide dog handler and disability access advocate David Foran said he had faced discrimination on several occasions when trying to catch taxis or a ride share with Uber.

You might book and a car comes to your home, then they see a dog and they just drive off.

David Foran, guide dog handler

Guide Dogs Victoria has been working with taxi drivers to provide dog mats and promote awareness of disability access rights.

“It’s not often about hostility, it’s just a lack of education,” Mr Foran said.

“I spoke to my Muslim taxi driver, and he said sometimes it’s a cultural barrier, and whenever there’s a cultural barrier there needs to be education.”

This is not a problem confined to Australia as it has been happening in Britain for years.

MUSLIM drivers are forcing blind people and their guide dogs off buses because they consider the animals to be ?unclean?, it has been revealed.


Muslim bus drivers consider guide dogs to be ?unclean’Muslim bus drivers consider guide dogs to be ?unclean'[GETTY]

Transport minister Norman Baker has stepped in after complaints from blind people that their dogs were being ejected from public transport on religious grounds.

Mr Baker told bus companies that religious objections were not a sufficient reason to eject any passenger with a well-behaved dog.

He said: ?If dogs are causing a nuisance then the driver has every right to ask the owner to leave. But it is much more questionable to be asked to remove a dog for religious reasons. One person?s freedom is another person?s restriction.?

It is illegal under disability discrimination laws to refuse a blind person and guide dog on board a bus or in a taxi. But Guide Dogs for the Blind Association said it regularly receives complaints from members about the practice. The National Federation of the Blind said the problem was ?common and getting worse?.
Its spokesman Jill Allen-King said she had often been left on the kerb by Muslim taxi drivers who had refused to take her dog. She has had similar problems with Muslim bus drivers. She said: ?Last year a Muslim taxi driver went mad when I tried to get in with my dog. He said, ?I have to go home now and wash myself?.?

George Herridge, 73, said he was asked to get off two buses in Reading, Berkshire, last year when passengers objected to his labrador guide dog, Andy. ?I was coming home on the bus and there were some Muslim children screaming,? he said.

?The driver pulled over and asked me to get off. It is a lengthy walk into town from where I live and there is no other means of transport.? ?(2010)


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Photo/Storm Thorgerson Burning Man is literally burning, but is wearing an asbestos suit and asbestos wig. Pink Floyd:  Wish You Were Here/vinyl front, 1975. EMI.

Photo/Storm Thorgerson
Burning Man is literally burning, but is wearing an asbestos suit and asbestos wig.
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here/vinyl front, 1975. EMI.

Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd Album Art Designer

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Smarter than Russel Norman


This explains a lot about why kids are being killed in NZ

Almost every week we hear of another kid killed in New Zealand. The hand-wringers come out and say we must do something about it.

There is not much we can do other than understand that in almost every case it involves several factors…any two of them and the kid is a t risk. There is Silly First Name Syndrome, then the involvement of Maori, but perhaps the most important factor according to recent scientific study is SOCK (Some Other C*nt’ Kid).

Humans evolved to being monogamous to protect their children from being killed by other males and this ultimately led to more intelligent offspring, say scientists.

A team from London, Manchester, Oxford and Auckland studied the mating habits of monkeys and discovered that mothers will delay mating when nurturing young children.

In non-monogamous communities, rival males will try to kill children to encourage the female to want to mate sooner.

However, in societies where primates choose a mate and stay with them, the males are more likely to care for their offspring and want to protect them, and this leads to more intelligent, well nurtured children.

The scientists believe this provides ‘conclusive proof’ that protecting young children is the main reason for monogamy in humans.

The team from University College London worked with researchers from universities in Manchester, Oxford and Auckland to gather data across 230 primate species. ? Read more »

Would you dare to?


Don’t want to mess with this big guy


When animals fight back