Ve­gans: We are there to bear wit­ness

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY - Emma Clarke news@ru­ral­weekly.com

IN RE­CENT weeks the Ru­ral Weekly has re­ported on sev­eral in­ci­dents where ve­gan ac­tivists have stopped trucks as they drove live­stock to­wards abat­toirs.

This week, we hear from the ac­tivists them­selves as they ex­plain why they think this is the best strat­egy to get their mes­sage across.

FORM­ING a block­ade of signs that read ‘stop killing an­i­mals’ me­tres from the front grill of a B-dou­ble truck, an­i­mal ac­tivists stopped a truck full of cat­tle from en­ter­ing a meat­works.

Five mem­bers of the Bris­bane An­i­mal Save group blocked off the front of JBS Meat­works at Din­more, while oth­ers rushed to the side of the truck with selfie-sticks to ‘be with the an­i­mals’.

It was the fourth time the group, which is part of An­i­mal Lib­er­a­tion Queens­land, had held ‘vig­ils’ at the site since Au­gust and or­gan­iser Amanda Holly said the in­ten­tion was not ac­tu­ally to stop the an­i­mals from be­ing killed.

Ms Holly said the group went to the site to “spend a few mo­ments with the an­i­mals”.

“What we were do­ing is some­thing that we have done many times at JBS and other abat­toirs and slaugh­ter­houses in Bris­bane and re­gional Queens­land,” Ms Holly said.

“It was a vigil, not so much a protest but a peace­ful vigil.

“We were there to bear wit­ness to the an­i­mals that were ar­riv­ing out­side the slaugh­ter­houses and spend a few mo­ments with them.

“We take pho­tos and get footage that we share on­line and en­cour­age peo­ple to see the an­i­mal and not just the prod­uct and make kin­der choices with what they eat.”

She said the group does not stop the trucks for longer than two min­utes at a time.

“We have had protests as well where we stand out­side places where vi­o­lence to­wards an­i­mals is hap­pen­ing and we hold signs where a vigil is a lot more peace­ful and about the an­i­mals,” Ms Holly said.

“The Save Move­ment is that if you see suf­fer­ing, don’t turn away from it but come closer and try to help. That’s where we get closer to the an­i­mals and stop the trucks – not for very long, a max­i­mum of two min­utes. It’s more about bear­ing wit­ness, com­ing closer and be­ing with the an­i­mals.

“We’re non-vi­o­lent and peace­ful. We’re re­al­is­tic – we’re not go­ing to stop the truck from go­ing in.

“We’d love to be able to save those an­i­mals but the fact is we can’t. What we’re try­ing to do is get their faces out there and tell those an­i­mals’ sto­ries.”

We were there to bear wit­ness to the an­i­mals that were ar­riv­ing out­side the slaugh­ter houses... — Amanda Holly

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROTEST: Mem­bers of the Bris­bane An­i­mal Save group stopped a truck at JBS at Din­more.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Mem­bers of the Bris­bane An­i­mal Save group stopped a truck at JBS at Din­more.

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