wombatK wrote:Undoubtedly some of those rejoicing in the fate of the greyhound industry would describe this as systematic abuse and would jump for joy if that could be ended too. But I suspect that's an extreme fringe position (e.g. the Animal Justice Party got barely 1% of the senate vote nationally). So the livestock slaughter aka systematic abuse will continue and not be banned by the NSW government.
One can draw a difference around the word "humane". Hence the knee-jerk ban on live exports to Indonesia a few years back. There is an ongoing battle around the treatment of pigs and chickens (the patently absurd definition of "free range" being the latest shot).
Throw gambling into the pot with cruelty and you've got a "some must do something" situation. Like !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! fighting or dog fighting.
wombatK wrote:What you describe as systematic abuse is not a distinctive point that makes the governments behavior have any less meaning or no meaning for the cycling world. It's a straw man fallacy you've built.
You'd do better in this line of argument by refering to Jane Elliot's Blue Eye/Brown Eye Experiment in group think.
Despite polling less than 1% both the cycling and AJP reflect memes that are, if marginal, in the battle. For which we are seeing backlashes from opposing memes - e.g. the trucking industry. (I'd be interested to see how the "smokers" or "asbestos industry" parties might poll)
On a lighter note, I think the ban provides a great opportunity for Keirin in NSW.
(disclosure: I'm happy with my position in the food chain & largely anti gambling)