Author Topic: Thousands protest to speed up the dying trade. 6.10.2012  (Read 713 times)

WA Export News

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6669
  • Karma: +4/-0
Thousands protest to speed up the dying trade. 6.10.2012
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 09:50:04 PM »
Thousands protest against live export.

 Thousands of protesters have gathered in capital cities across the country to call for an end to live animal exports.

The seven nationwide protests, organised by Animals Australia, follow the recent release of footage showing Australian sheep being inhumanely killed in Pakistan.

 Protesters gathered at Fremantle port height=227Protesters gathered at Fremantle port  (Olivia Garnett)

In the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia, about 400 protesters chanted their support to end the trade.

The crowd was addressed by Federal Labor MP Melissa Parke, who doesn't believe the ESCAS animal welfare system is working.

"I have grave concerns about the way animals are treated; we know that having a fantastic spanking new system in place doesn't protect these animals.

"Once you send animals overseas you lose control of the environment, you cannot control what happens to them and we are seeing atrocity after atrocity happening to these animals."

Ms Parke would like to see a gradual phase out of the industry.

"I think we do need to support farmers and pastoralists to make the transition from the live export trade to an expanded domestic processing for the frozen and chilled export trade," she said.

President of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Rob Gillam doesn't believe the end of the trade is approaching.

"None of those I know of are preparing for the trade to finish," he said.

"Nothing's ever going to be perfect anywhere... we do the job pretty well in Australia and we're trying to implement those standards world-wide.

"I believe that the government's got a much better handle on the whole issue now."

By Olivia Garnett
Saturday, 06/10/2012
« Last Edit: October 07, 2012, 12:36:34 PM by WA Export News »