Fremantle protest against live animal exports this Sunday

Fremantle protest against live animal exports this Sunday

PROTESTORS will gather on Fremantle’s Stirling Bridge on Sunday as they fight against the export of live animals.

Hundreds are expected to gather for the Stop Live Exports protest against sending animals overseas for slaughter or breeding.

Stop Live Exports campaign manager Katrina Love said the organisation was not opposed to agriculture, primary production or farmers, but was opposed to animal cruelty and abuse.

“There are no repercussions for repeat offenders or effective safeguards in place,” she said.

“We are still seeing Australian cattle being bludgeoned with sledgehammers in Vietnamese slaughterhouses three years after the problem was exposed, and sheep being offered for private sale during the Eid al-Adha and turning up in banned slaughterhouses despite repeated reports by Animals Australia and industry saying they have it under control.

“It is unconscionable that the vast majority of animals transported from Fremantle will have their throats cut whilst fully conscious; the bottom line is that there’s no humane way to export live animals for slaughter and this inherently cruel trade needs to be phased out, this is what the vast majority of the Australian public want.

“Increased local processing and an expanded chilled meat export trade offer the most humane treatment for animals and a more reliable income for the producers, as well as major benefits to the economy by providing more jobs here in WA.”

The protest will run from 10.45am to 12pm on Sunday October 9 on the Stirling Bridge.