Author Topic: Tasmanian animal advocates calling for an end to live animal exports 1.5.2013  (Read 775 times)

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Protest targets federal minister 

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has been targeted by Tasmanian activists calling for an end to live animal exports.

Mr Ludwig is in Hobart today for the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences Conference at the Mercure Hotel in Bathurst St.

 Activists at a lunchtime rally today calling for an end to live animal exports. Picture: MATT THOMPSON

Protester Emma Haswell, who founded the Brightside Sanctuary, said Mr Ludwig chose not to face the lunchtime rally outside the hotel despite repeated requests to do so.

"We pay these politicians and yet they feel they do not have to bother answering us," she said.

Ms Haswell joined members of Stop Animal Cruelty Tasmania and Animals Australia to highlight the continuing live animal trade to countries that do not meet Australian animal welfare standards.

The protesters also brought along two four-legged supporters.

Tess, a five-month-old dairy heifer, was rescued by Ms Haswell after she learned the cow was to be exported to China for breeding.

Joining Tess was Flossy, a one-year-old sheep also rescued by Ms Haswell.

"Despite our requests this afternoon, Mr Ludwig refused to come outside and face us," Ms Haswell said.

"In fact no one came outside despite the assurances someone would speak to us."

The protest did succeed in attracting the attention of dozens of people surprised to see a cow and sheep in Hobart's CBD.

   ZARA DAWTREY   |   May 01, 2013
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