Every year Australia transports thousands of live sheep to the Middle East for Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice). This year the shipments are delayed due to recent evidence of cruel transport conditions.
An unexpected excitement startled my writing life recently.
The London Magazine – ‘ England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732’ – contacted me recently to tell me that a piece of mine would be published in its online edition.
It was such a happy surprise as the piece, written originally for a competition run by the magazine, had been posted into the entry box weeks earlier. When I heard nothing I assumed it was gone for good … but here it is.
The piece is not long and is about some of my own encounters with silence and its consequences. I hope you’ll have time to try the link. To do so please click on the article title below.
Return to Naples – My Italian Bar Mitzvah and Other Discoveries by Robert Zweig PhD
I loved this book and its collection of carefully told memories. If you know Naples, or are curious about the city, this is an easy, fascinating read – a surprisingly gentle ride around a family and a city scarred by war.
Recent footage in the media shows the cruel conditions faced by sheep sent over the sea to slaughter. Hot, trapped, dying of thirst and panic, they struggle for life as the ships take them to their death.
This trade across oceans, particularly to and from Australia, has gone on for decades unnoticed by most of us, but the recent publication of footage of the conditions on board the live export ships puts disturbing evidence in front of our noses. We can’t look away any longer.