What an interesting week it’s been for Melbourne street art. Soon after the snapchat fight between Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Taylor Swift, went viral, Melbourne artist LUSH whipped up the controversial memorial piece to Swift in Hosier lane, which was then updated with a character supposed to represent Harambe, and then yet again with Kanye’s face mysteriously appearing. Continue reading »
A customer plays with a cat as she drinks a coffee at Cat Cafe Melbourne on July 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Cat Cafe Melbourne is Australias first cat cafe. The cafe has several cats from rescue shelters which live at the premises. Patrons can watch and play with the cats while enjoying a coffee. Cat Cafes are becoming known world wide, the first opening in Taiwan in 1998. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Children have been reduced to tears by a confronting protest featuring 200 animal carcasses in Federation Square. Animal Liberation Victoria’s “memorial” aimed to raise awareness of the billions of animals killed each year for human consumption. Dead dogs, cats, pigs and birds were among the animals held by activists wearing protective clothing. While some people stayed to watch the hour-long ceremony, many walked past in shock and disgust.
A tombstone at the front of the demonstration, dedicated to the “memory of the Unknown Animal”, said 64 billion land animals and one trillion sea animals were killed by humans every year. Brochures handed out by activists encouraged people to realise that “animals are not ours” and that a vegan lifestyle was more ethical and caused less suffering. Photos: Animal Liberation Victoria activists hold dead animals at Federation Square on October 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Over 200 activists gathered with the bodies of deceased animals to publicly grieve their deaths. Animal Liberation Victoria is against the treatment of animals as “property” an promotes a vegan lifestyle. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images) Continue reading »