World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
Human chain across Stirling Bridge in Fremantle to protest live animal export
Start Date :October 4, 2015
End Date :October 4, 2015
Time : 12:00 am to 12:00 am
Email :[email protected]
Location : Australia - Fremantle
A human chain of some 900 activists spanned the Stirling Bridge in Fremantle for one hour on Sunday morning to highlight World Animal Day and the annual Stop Live Exports.
More than half the protesters wore black and stayed silent as a show of community support for a phase out of the trade.
Organised by Fremantle-based, not-for-profit organisation Stop Live Exports, the bridge location was chosen because of the tens of millions of animals that have been trucked across it to be exported to over 40 countries.
Campaign manager for Stop Live Exports, Katrina Love, said the organisation was not opposed to agriculture, primary production or farmers.
"We are opposed to the long sea voyages animals are made to endure, and the lack of control over their handling and slaughter," she said.
Ms Love said the export of live animals over long distances was an inherently cruel and unnecessary trade.
"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," she said.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Federal Labor Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke, State Labor MLA for Fremantle Simone McGurk and Greens MLC for South Metro Lynn MacLaren all committed to join the event.
Ms Love said protesters were also encouraged to wear signs stating their occupation or position in life like teacher, nurse, father, vegan, butcher's daughter, human being and so on to exhibit the diversity of those who opposed live exports.
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