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Steer's terror galvanised the nation - Lyn White
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 04:43:07 PM »
 Steer's terror 'galvanised nation' 
It was the image of a black steer, trembling with fear in an Indonesian abattoir, which Lyn White thinks most struck a chord.
There were plenty of "terrible, violent, horrifying" moments in the Animals Australia investigator's footage that led to a month-long ban on live-cattle exports to  Indonesia last year. But Ms White believes one animal's terror helped galvanise attention.
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Tonight she will address a sold-out crowd at Perth Town Hall to explain how a police officer who loved her job traded it in and became a high-profile animal welfare advocate, known for filming inside some of the world's bloodiest slaughterhouses.
"Even hardened abattoir workers told me they wept when they saw (the footage of the black steer)," she said yesterday.
"It was a critical turning point in the Australian psyche. We like to separate what is on our plate from the living being but the connection was forever made through the fear of that particular animal."
Ms White said her police background made her pedantic about presenting facts and gathering evidence. The footage from Indonesia led to new export conditions for Australian cattle but also made Ms White unpopular in some circles, after the ban left exporters, producers and related industries financially crippled.
But she said some WA cattle producers had thanked her for bringing the cruelty to their attention.

  Katherine Fleming The West Australian  March 6, 2012, 3:20 am
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