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Protest against cruel export of live animals. Sydney 15.4.2012
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 07:56:34 PM »
Protest against live export regulations.

 Ban the trade ... Sydney protestors call for a ban to the live export market.

More than 200 animal welfare activists converged on Sydney Town Hall today to protest against the government's new live export regulations which they labelled as “tokenistic” and “ineffectual”.

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NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said the government had failed to live up to the community's expectations to stamp out cruelty in the live export trade.

“The so-called supply chain assurances do not protect our animals and do not stop the cruelty,” he told the crowd. “At its highest, it encourages the use of stunning the animals before they're killed in Indonesian abattoirs.”
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He said the only answer was to ban the trade. “As soon as the animals leave our shores there is no control over how these animals are treated.”

Banning the trade would be in Australia's economic and social interest, he said, because it would bring slaughter jobs onshore, where it can be monitored.

Eleven months ago, the ABC's Four Corners exposé on the cruelty inflicted on exported cattle in Indonesian abattoirs caused the suspension of the trade.

It resumed under new guidelines two months later. However, the reforms were slammed as weak and ineffective by Dr Adele Lloyd, the vice-president of Sentient, the Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics.

“Why are OIE standards left as voluntary or even relied upon given they fall far below Australian standards for the slaughter of animals?” she asked. “There is no mandate for pre-slaughter stunning.”

She questioned the independence of the auditing bodies and urged veterinarians to become stronger advocates for increasing welfare standards of animals in the trade.

“The government's tokenistic changes are disappointing and ineffectual,” she said. “We call the government to implement mandatory pre-slaughter stunning in export destinations while working towards solutions to phase out live export trade.”

Emma Hurst from Animal Liberation NSW called the trade as “Australia's greatest shame”, adding that profit was not an excuse to allow the cruelty to continue.

Michelle Myers, a musician from Marrickville, said the protest was part of a growing momentum to halt the trade.

“It is going to happen, it is going to change. We don't need to be that cruel in this day and age,” she said.

Timie Niederer, 20, from Alexandria, likened the live export to the slave trade.

“It seems outdated. And considering my family heritage and our experience with slavery, it's despicable the way animals are shipped off to be slaughtered,” she said. “In the 21st century practices like this shouldn't exist anymore.”

Esther Han
April 15, 2012
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