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Rallies to protest live export trade 2.10.2012
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 12:51:29 PM »
Rallies will be held around the nation this weekend to protest against animal cruelty and the live export trade, following reports that Australian sheep were inhumanely slaughtered in Pakistan.     Several reports from Pakistan last week claimed that over 7600 sheep from a shipment of more than 20,000 were clubbed and stabbed - and some even buried alive - after they tested positive for salmonella and actinomyces bacteria.

However, Pakistani authorities have denied the sheep were culled improperly, insisting they had not been mistreated and were slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practice.

The fate of the remaining sheep rests with the High Court of Sindh, which is expected to decide on October 17 whether to overturn the government order to cull the sheep.

Fresh health tests are being conducted in the meantime.

Animals Australia on Tuesday said family-friendly rallies against the live export trade would be held in Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Sydney and Adelaide on Saturday.

The group said animals exported live would always be at risk.

"This sends the appalling message to the rest of the world that Australia accepts animal cruelty," the group said on its Facebook invitation for the rallies.
"The animals are depending on us.

"We must urgently let politicians know that caring Australians will not vote for political parties that support live export."

An Animals Australia spokeswoman said tens of thousands of people turned out to rally against live exports last year.

"We are hopeful that thousands of Australians will again converge on capital cities to call for an end to the live export trade," she said.

"The overwhelming sentiment in the community in light of the further dreadful suffering in Pakistan is, 'enough is enough'.

"No amount of excuses or profit can justify our continued involvement in live animal export."

12:29 AEST Tue Oct 2 2012