Trade brings protest


The protesters carried signs while marching against the live export trade.
Picture: Hope Williams.
The protesters carried signs while marching against the live export trade. Picture: Hope Williams.

The protest came after MV Ocean Outback, broke down while trying to leave Fremantle on December 29 with more than 5000 cattle and 7000 sheep on board.

Protesters were angry that the animals remained on the vessel as it was repaired in Henderson until the sheep were unloaded and moved to a quarantined facility in Baldivis after passing the necessary biosecurity checks on January 9.

The cattle remained on board.

The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources said accredited veterinarians alongside independent experts inspected the animals on the ship and had no concerns for their welfare, saying the animals were in “excellent condition”.

However, Stop Live Export’s Katrina Love said she was cynical of that assessment.

“Why were Vets Against Live Exports vets refused access if they truly wanted to promote a balanced view on whether or not the animals were ‘in excellent condition’?” she said.

“Neither the State or Federal Agriculture departments should have any control over animal welfare – it is an obvious conflict of interest.

“If they expose the animal welfare shortfalls, it places at risk the very goals they aim for – profitable animal agriculture.”

Ms Love said Stop Live Exports would continue the campaign to end the live export trade.

The Ocean Outback left Fremantle at 5.20am on Sunday morning, bound for south-east Asia with the cattle on board.