posted on November 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm

did the adelaide vegan festival yesterday
nice people who ran it
they had a decent p.a. for a change
the sound seemed good
i did the usual songs
i did the usual raves maybe not so vehemently
i had to do 2 sets
now i dont like to do 2 sets
thats getting a little too much for me
but i did cos they were nice people
the guy who met me at the airport
he was over sixty but veganism had rendered him slim n boyish
i didnt mind if he called me pete
which he seemed to do a bit
the audience were ok
there wasnt too many there
but enough to make it ok
they listened
they clapped
i had some time to kill
so i wandered round
got myself a lentil burger
then i wandered into a booth showing films
as i walked in
there was a bullfight on the screen
a tired bull covered in blood
and losing blood copiously
stuck thru with nasty little spears
finally the matador appears
a real hero
ponced up in his stupid fucking clothes
no, he should be wearing a butchers smock
this courageous prick
eventually stabs the dying confused bull
in the head
and the poor poor thing
expires in more torrents of blood
then the whales
blasting em
hooking em
chucking the “bad” bits away
mothers n calves….ah fuck em
harpoon em all…theres plenty more
then the dolphins
i’d seen bits of this before
but now i was transfixed before the screen
in a little booth at glenelg public school
on a lovely day in adelaide
i watched as somewhere in japan
someone secretly filmed the dolphin slaughter
confusing em with sonar sounds
herding em into pens
they then drag em out
onto dry land
the mothers n calves calling out to each other
i began to cry
tears of rage
tears of sadness
tears of shame
the dolphins are dragged onto the dock
where the japs walk around n slit their throats
casually n jokingly, hopping around adroitly
to avoid another huge spurt of dolphin blood
n grinning to each other
as if they were picking daisies
and the dolphins expire
just like youd expire
if someone ripped yer windpipe out
you should see these creatures
as they die a horrific death
as they shudder n convulse n their life gushes out
theres humanity for ya
we got computers
we got museums with fancy pitchers
we got the a-list n glittering functions
we got this unspeakable horror
next up was the cows
i thought
at least its not dolphins right?
i mean i grew up knowing cows had to die, didnt i?
but these were indian cows
that their dirt poor owners had sold for leather
these cows had shoes nailed on their feet
so they could do the long journey to where they killed em
they are dragged with no food or water for miles
if they refuse they break their tails
or rub chili directly into their eyes
this re-motivates em to keep walking apparently
many die on the journey
piteously pitifully so sadly so fucking sadly my fiendss
finally if they survive
they have their heads sawn off
(not cut off cleanly but sawn off)
in front of each other
the camera focusses on the big sad eyes
of a gentle cow
an innocent defenceless creature
a sentient living being
a mammal that had calves n fed them n loved them
we see the eyes of the cow
as some little malnourished guy hacks her head off
and the eye of the cow focussed right on me
n i just hadda watch
n i just had to shudder n cry
because i’m only human
and i cant stand it
and the cow asked me “why”
why is this being done to me
i have feelings
i have fear
i had a life
and then
we see all the other cows watching
distressed n anxious n so fucking afraid
i cant move outta my chair
i’m sorry if this aint what ya wanna read
i’m sorry it aint a nice poem
or a story about my paisley shirt
then came fur
there are no regulations concerning fur animals
a secret hidden camera filmed a fur farm in the u.s.
foxes n ermines n things i didnt even know
raccoons n things
are all in tiny tiny cages
they cant take one step in any direction
they boil in summer
they freeze in winter
the camera films as some kinda fox-like white creature
is dragged from its filthy cage by a rope round its neck
its just lifted up by its neck
hey its vermin, aint it?
its dragged out by its neck
n its anally electrocuted
a probe gets stuck up its ass
another probe is stuck in its mouth
ok jerry switch on the current!
the fox stares at the camera
we see the foxes eyes as its shocked…
damn jerry…the damn varmints still alive
they gotta give it a few more shocks
before it gives up its miserable ghost
as i looked into this fox’s eyes
as i saw it die in agony n humiliation
it negated all the lovely poems
all the pretty paintings
all the clever songs
all the elaborate religions n mythology
all the concerts n games n celebrations
all the pretty girls n handsome men
all the committees n proms n socials n parties
all the obamas n osamas n whatever else
here is humanity at work
heres how the expensive fur gets on the ladies shoulders
blood n piss n shit n guts
ya know what ma fiendss
this fox woulda thought it was real lucky
cos then we switch to the chinese fur trade
they had animals in cages
that woulda made the u.s. fur beasties
seem like they were being put up at the hilton
and these tragic things…they mostly look like
some kinda doggies
these doggies would have prayed for 500 volts in the rectum
cos these guys
uh huh
they hung em up
n they pulled the fucking fur n skin off em
leaving a living creature like a muscle diagram
its eyes still blinking
writhing n struggling
in the most unbelievable agony (un)imaginable
i will never erase these pictures from my mind
while i was still trying to keep my lentil burger down
you saw a tip truck
empty the millions of skinned things into a pit
now just shapeless disgusting objects
some were ground up n fed to the remaining ones
hey! waste not want not…
then the baby seals
right in front of the mother
wham a pick-axe through the skull
gee dont that blood look red against the snow
and the little seals cream coloured pelt…
id had enough
i stumbled out into the daylight
back to the “normaility” of sunday
fuck it!
this is the good fight!
i am disgusted by “humanity”
as the film asked
are we not the cruelest most savage creatures on earth?

43 Responses to “a horror show”

  1. avatar
    the dean | 16 November 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    that’s a hard one to comment on. pure horror industrial.

    I went out on the local bay the other day to watch the humpbacks, what a fantastic experience. It is only in resent years that you could see them. So activism and radicalism is working for the whales – keep up the good fight.

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    The Other Mark | 16 November 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Now it is not too often that someone can make me shed a tear, or make my gentle hands turn into fists of rage, but well done Kilbey.
    Mission accomplished.
    I became a vegetarian for health’s sake.
    And mine improved drastically once I did so.
    But to hear the other side of it from a strong believer is quite powerful.
    I detest the people at work who wave their steak sandwiches at me with a laugh and a smile.
    Justifying it in their feeble minds by saying “animals were put on this earth for our consuption.”
    I’ve never subscribed to that, and as God is my witness I NEVER will!!!
    I know you disdain gushing, and for that I apologize.
    But this one touched me today like none other has in a while.
    Well done!!!!

    Tampa, Fl

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    steve kilbey | 16 November 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    veg on, markus!

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 16 November 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    I am without words. I am not ashamed to say tears are streaming down my face and I am sobbing.

    I wish I could say I have become almost totally vegetarian for health reasons, or that it happened overnight. It didn’t. But it has happened because of YOU. Yes, some of your ‘rants’ annoyed me in the beginning – why? Because they were the truth and I didn’t want to hear the truth – or read it. I’d been raised one way – eating meat and not thinking about it – and it was so much easier to just keep on like that. Then your words started seeping into my subconscious and I found myself unable to eat meat more and more because I saw it as ingesting the suffering of another creature. I didn’t need it; perhaps I still wanted it or craved it – but by being enlightened to the true suffering of these precious creatures I am happy to say I can’t recall the last time I ate meat. I have slowly but surely just moved away from it. I know what it’s like to live with pain – how I can I partake in being a part of any other innocent creature’s pain and suffering?
    I am not perfect yet and as brutally hard as this was to read, I thank you for it. I need to be reminded that at the very least, I can act in a humane way, however small, by not loading heaps of suffering onto my plate each day.
    Thank you Steve for reminding me to keep on my journey and that these creatures deserve the right to live in peace and harmony as much as we do.

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    persephone2u | 16 November 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    That just made me really **cking angry when I read about the bullfight. I’d like to see the matador fight the bull just man to bull — no weapons. Then we’d see what kind of man he really is. Stupid little bastard. I wish the bull had gored him to death. I would’ve applauded then. The rest of the blog just made my blood boil even further, especially the baby seals (and Canadians are supposed to be peaceful people, ha!!!).

    Anyone who eats meat should read The Food Revolution by John Robbins. I haven’t eaten meat since I was 21 and I can guarantee my baby will never touch it either. He already likes Quorn and nut cutlets and he’ll know exactly where meat comes from when he’s old enough to understand. Over my dead body would I ever feed him some mutilated animal tortured in some slaughterhouse.

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    princey | 16 November 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Skinned alive?????FUCKING HELL!!!!
    Reading this brought me to tears sk. How do these horrible, heartless "humans" that actually butcher these poor animals live with themselves????? How do they sleep at night???? I've never had the courage to watch this kind of footage that's on the internet, but I remember just reading about the meat industry and viewing horror-photos at last years vegan festival, was enough to make me see the light and stop me eating animals. Now after reading this, wearing&buying anything leather has to stop. (is there anything NOT made of melted animal parts????plastic, rubber etc? gotta check it out, you never know)
    Thanks for spreading the word sk.
    Love Amanda

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    verdelay | 16 November 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    We’re a pretty horrible bunch, no doubt about it. Devils to a man.

    Also tender and beautiful and loving. Angels, no less.

    And lo, we did stride about and do terrible things in the name of all that was pure and holy; and contradiction was our virile bedfellow. And paradox was our breakfast cereal.

    And wielding the power of the universe in our trembling fist, we verily did smite ourselves in the foot, and did hop around like a bleeding fool on the outskirts of Eden. And the god did scoff and groan. And the goddess did turn away. And again they both gave us another chance to atone for our brazen daftness.

    And lo, we did fuck it up again and again and again…

    So handsome and evil
    So gorgeous and stupid

    v (again)

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    fantasticandy | 16 November 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    steve, you suprised me yesterday…..
    PK has had such good press, it’s inevitable someone will ‘pick’ at it a bit, no?
    ‘boriah’ is actually one of the good guys….
    knowing how much he loves your work
    and how much he has been influenced by it…his ‘review’ on HW did seem quite harsh.
    but..each to his own eh?

    as for today’s blog…
    chilling….what a heartless species we are…so aloof.
    your blow by blow account of that movie was about as subtle as a flying mallet.

    disturbing stuff.
    thanks for that.

    p.s. davem…alejandro may be a bit of a ‘wild card’ but some of his music is very beautiful….
    ‘captive heart’ is one of the prettiest things iv’e heard all year.

  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 November 2008 at 12:17 am #

    “are we not the cruelest most savage creatures on earth? “
    unfortunately, yes.

  10. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 November 2008 at 12:49 am #

    Today’s compelling and graphic blog vindicated my life. I hate, loathe, despise and abhor people who abuse animals that are also sentient creatures of God. Unfortunately, I’m consumed with these issues and obsess over them and it is gradually killing me.

    I fervently pray that there is a God who will eternally punish these sadistic and murderous animal abusers. The comercial fisheries are equally evil.

    I thank SK for writing these blogs and playing concerts for veganism and anti-cruelty causes.

  11. avatar
    Miss DevilMayCare | 17 November 2008 at 2:14 am #


    Yes, it is the good fight. It's worth it. I've been aware that we humans are the most savage creatures here for most of my life. We all though have the capacity to become aware of it & each change our behavior. All we need is to have our eyes opened to a different possibility. I can't say I'm entirely optimistic about the human race, but maybe the scales can be tipped. maybe they are tipping now.

    Thanks again for your words. You remind me why I fight the good fight too.


  12. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 2:39 am #

    I’ve heard if you talk to a plant, it responds. Whatever shall we eat then?

  13. avatar
    ross b | 17 November 2008 at 2:49 am #

    this floored me steve.. I would love to have a little cottage a couple of hours out and have pigs & dogs & chooks and foliage and a large vege patch…possibilities of that happening not realistic right now.

    health reasons are as good as any to be vegetarian, my sugary problem demands a diet that predominantly consists of raw vegetable material.

    thank you for this powerful post

    rb (from the doghouse)

  14. avatar
    ross b | 17 November 2008 at 2:50 am #

    ps..all the above comments are wonderful too.

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    ml68 | 17 November 2008 at 3:37 am #

    mmm…we, on the other hand, popped across to the glenelg pub in between your two sets and had a few beers while waiting…certainly not as acerbic an experience, but still, it pays to be aware of these things so thanks for spreading the word SK…

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    Lian | 17 November 2008 at 3:47 am #

    I feel so sorry for you dear Mr. Kilbey cause it must have deserted your heart to watch that movie. I can imagine how your warm tears turn round and round in your beautiful eyes and how you were managing to hold them back but stubbornly they ran over your lovely cheeks like little brooks.

    … Poor creatures. What I can do right now is stop wearing my purple leather jacket. As for meat, I never liked eating pork or beef, so easily one of the simplest things to completely give up – much easier than to give up reading some nice blogs, I believe.

    Actually, what really saddened me most is not the fact that people kill the animals, but more of the fact that some of them Merely like to kill. Do they really feel some kind of… subtle pleasure when they do so? No child is born to hate but why, when people learn to take pleasure in torturing innocent animals and even to slaughter?

    I thank you for your today’s blog, too. It’s very witty, as usual. and yes, very powerful.

    Shine on. May the nightingale in your heart sings for you forever.

  17. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 4:27 am #


  18. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 4:43 am #

    I guess there’s the olde
    ‘futeristic,’ V itamin pill…..

  19. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 4:49 am #

    Steve at 54.. You been a vege all yo life? Whaot ’bout peppeone pizza?

  20. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 5:16 am #

    Natre’s a cold bitch mother….survival o’ tha fittest…let the cockroach and tha rat rule……someday

  21. avatar
    Michael K. Warren | 17 November 2008 at 5:31 am #


    Oh, and edd? In – CO Her ENT.ttt

  22. avatar
    davem | 17 November 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Very powerful.
    It’s be great if even just one more person gave up the flesh after reading this.
    Your past rants inspired me to nudge over that finishing line.

  23. avatar
    captain mission | 17 November 2008 at 7:40 am #

    don’t despair hope is at hand, people are waking up very slowly, not everyone, but more and more folk are becoming conscious about the big picture. systems fail, economies collapse, constructs dissolve away as the earth wakes up. listen to her stir, intelligent and beautiful, she whispers her ancient knowledge, love life and know harmony, fear life, know discord.
    ‘those that live by the sword die by the sword’ is filled with metaphoric wisdom, human beings are learning a lesson in humility, perhaps then evolution can occur at a far greater rate. critical mass is near. it has to get to this point in order for things to change because we are a collectively dumb species in denial, at least when an animal kills it does for survival, we do it for fun or profit. these horrific films are shocking, i couldn’t have sat and watched any of them without wanting to commit acts of eco terrorism (no swords in my armourment just a spray can).

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    craig1.618 | 17 November 2008 at 7:44 am #

    a quote i read about the somvarta-type event that i believe is going to happen in a few years

    “The 3D world might well be a big mess for a while, but that’s not where we’re living anymore at that point. No one is. All are harvested regardless of progress. You may have a lot of lost souls in the astral, but no one on 3D space-time Earth anymore. They vanished with the vortex activation of true-color green photons in a “quantum leap.”

    slaughter will not exist anymore in 4D time-space

    at least that’s my take on it…hope to see you there

  25. avatar
    matt davison | 17 November 2008 at 7:52 am #


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    Sharka - 树 | 17 November 2008 at 7:59 am #


    S: Long ago you said that a lot of the negativity on Earth was created by the treatment of animals. How much negativity is created because of eating meat and seafood?

    16. MATTHEW: It is the inhumane way that animal lives are treated and ended that causes the negativity, and this applies across the board, not only to “food animals.” While the land animals and sea life knowingly embodied in forms that would be eaten, their soul agreements have been terribly violated by the conditions in which they are grown as livestock and the torturous methods used to end their physical lives.

    S: Did even whales agree to being eaten?

    17. MATTHEW: They did as individuals, but not as a species as did beef cattle and chickens, for instance. The inhumanity of many on Earth toward animals has severely violated the soul agreements of wild and domesticated animals alike. Thankfully, the efforts of many people who heeded the message of their souls, “Save the animals,” are being increasingly effective, but you have a long ways to go.

    S: I know. Do people who are vegetarians and vegans have more light than people who aren’t?

    18. MATTHEW: Light is not automatically more abundant in those people—the amount of light in any soul comes from the collective thoughts, feelings, motives and deeds lifelong. Most who refrain from eating animal flesh do so because they respect the animals’ essence, which indeed creates more light in their souls. But the souls of those whose diets do include animal flesh may have as much light as those whose diets don’t, and this goes back to the way the entire life is lived.

    19. If you wish to ask, Do we honor those who refrain from eating animals?—YES, indeed we do. Those who respect the essence of “food” animals usually also serve on behalf of humane treatment for all animals. As Earth continues ascending into higher vibrations, the sacredness and interconnectedness of ALL life will be understood, and greater sensitivity to animals will result in most humans becoming vegetarians.

  27. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:15 am #

    I heart animals. Sorry but I eat some of them.

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    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:16 am #

    sorry for posting double.

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    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:28 am #

    Incoherent? whatayamean? I don’t get vegans…I respect their choices but I don’t get it. Why not just take a “pill” that gives you all your nutrients and not eat at all? Would that solve the problem? Your post made me want to cry too, Steve. No kidding. There are alot of us getting screwed up the food chain, too. I may not be “eaten” but I am consumed!

  30. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:33 am #

    By the way my post from 3:27 pm was from Kurdt Kobain. Ask him…he should know….

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    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:39 am #

    I heart veggies too, by tha way

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    Hellbound Heart | 17 November 2008 at 9:59 am #

    humanity’s got a helluva lot to answer for as far as i’m concerned…treat animals like crap and treat each other the same way…
    by the way, would have posted a comment yesterday but the storms that were on the news blasted the shit outta my internet…
    love always….

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    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 11:36 am #

    undernaeth thebridge….tarphasspungaleakandtha………animalsit rpt..haveallbecomemypets.andi’mlivin’offovgrazzandthe……drippinsfrommycielin

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    don joe | 17 November 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    wow…….we gotta long way to go if we’re ever gonna change the view-point of humanity to stop these barbaric acts…….a long way.

    Can it be done? Do we have the means?

    don joe

    ..somethingintheway EDD??

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    eek | 17 November 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    are we not the cruelest most savage creatures on earth?

    I don’t have much hope for humanity. Humans, especially en masse, seem to have an infinite capacity for cruelty, and I honestly just don’t see that ending. Often I find that overwhelmingly discouraging. But then I think any decrease in suffering is worthwhile, and individuals can make changes which accomplish that.

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    Shawn El | 17 November 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Oh boy…dude, you know you’re totally going to incense the meat-eaters again. I’m totally on you’re side but…

    I take consolation in the fact that meat is likely to become a luxury food as soon as the fossil-fuel economy which supports livestock agriculture begins to become prohibitively expensive. Do you guys who defend gorging yourselves on animals realize the amount of energy waste that goes into meat production? The energy ratio of expenditure vs. yield is like 50:1 – forget about your friggin Hummer H1 SUV!

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 17 November 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    there is only one thought that comes to my mind, KILL THE HUMANS!!!
    Ne iko

  38. avatar
    MEM | 17 November 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    william s burroughs often wrote about this depraved and uncomprehensible cruelty unique to our species, maybe he put it best when he said: “man is a bad animal”

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    steve kilbey | 17 November 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    brien c
    thanks for all yer support n constant subscribing!

    edd…..sit down, youre a tragedy!

  40. avatar
    EDD | 17 November 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Sorry…didn’t mean to be…Does this mean I don’t get to play anymore?

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    glynnisjohns | 17 November 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    I like them creatures better than a human any ole day.

    Honest,loving and them furry dudes ain’t scheming for your cash, stash or house filled with trash.

    Just a kind word, a pat on the head
    and a bowl of kibbles.

    The rest of the non domesticated animal brethren pay more attention to biblical principle than the humans.

    Treat others as you want to be treated. Which breaks down to a
    leave me the fuck alone and i’ll do the same for you.

    gotta get home and hang out with my cat.


  42. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 November 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    Thank God for Steve Kilbey, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett and Tom Scholz of Boston for publicly advocating animal rights and veganism/vegetarianism.

    Chris Martin says he’s a vegetarian who eats fish. WRONG !
    So does Kate Bush. WRONG !
    So does Peter Gabriel. WRONG !

  43. avatar
    Melquiades | 19 November 2008 at 3:57 am #

    yes, we are.

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