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Thousands rally against live export trade ABC 6.10.2012
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 03:41:13 PM »
Hundreds of people have attended rallies across Australia to protest against live animal exports.

The protests follow the release of video showing Australian sheep being inhumanely killed in Pakistan.

  Hundreds call for end to live exports height=467 Photo: People call for an end to live exports at a rally in Sydney (Twitter: Sarah Hawke)

Police estimate 500 people gathered in central Sydney, waving banners with messages like "come on Julia, don't be a chicken" and "stop the animal holocaust".

Hundreds of people also attended similar rallies in Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Fremantle.

Speaking at the Sydney rally, Clare Mann from Animals Australia recalled how many protesters had stood at the same place a year ago, following a program on ABC's Four Corners that showed cattle being mistreated in Indonesia.

"Our heads were bowed in despair, grief, pain and disbelief at what we saw," she told the Martin Place crowd.

"Disbelief that somehow we had lost something very important in our societal values.

"Even though those animals do not have a voice, we are their voice. We will not vote for a party that sanctions live exports from Australia."

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon told the crowd it is possible to halt the live export trade.

"Politicians can stop this industry at the stroke of a pen. The harder we work the quicker it will be finished."

The Greens were not the only political party represented at the rallies.

Federal Labor MP Melissa Parke addressed the Fremantle rally, calling for a total ban on live exports.

She says once animals are sent overseas, their fate is beyond Australia's control.

"Thousands of Australians are rallying around the country today because live export is a bad business," she said.

"Australians have had enough of seeing on the nightly news the tragic fate of yet more Australian animals shipped overseas, most of them from this very port without
adequate protection."

 Hundreds rally against live exports in Melbourne height=467 Photo: People attend a rally to ban live animal exports in Melbourne on October 6, 2012.  (AAP: Tim Watters)
In Hobart, independent MP Andrew Wilkie told the crowd it is time for the Government to take action.

He says the issue is bound to feature at the next Federal election.

"It is cruel, it is not in our country's economic self-interest. If these politicians don't care about the animals then at least care about the economics," he said.

"The live trade has cost Australia many thousands of jobs as the abattoirs are being closed down and we send the beasts overseas to be slaughtered."

The protests follow the brutal slaughter of almost half a shipment of 21,000 Australia sheep in Pakistan last month.

The sheep were killed before a court order was obtained by the owners halting the cull.

The Agriculture Department is investigating claims some were buried alive.

The fate of the remaining sheep is now likely to be decided by the court on October 17.

The Opposition is urging caution over a ban, saying the focus should be measures preventing the poor treatment of animals.

The Government argues the regulation of the live export sector is working.

Protesters rally against live exports height=467 Photo: Protesters calling for a ban on live animal exports gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra on October 6, 2012.  (AAP: Lukas Coch) 
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