Bumper crowd protest against an­i­mal suf­fer­ing

Countryman - - NEWS | LIVE EXPORT DEBATE - Zach Relph

An an­i­mal ac­tivist spear­head­ing a cam­paign op­pos­ing the live ex­port trade says a record-break­ing crowd at its an­nual protest re­it­er­ates the pub­lic’s de­sire for the in­dus­try to end.

About 1470 peo­ple at­tended the Stop Live Ex­ports’ Hu­man Chain peace­ful protest at Stir­ling Bridge in Fre­man­tle on Sun­day in op­po­si­tion to live sheep and cat­tle ex­ports.

An an­nual event since 2010, Sun­day’s crowd sur­passed the pre­vi­ous 1200-strong turnout in 2012.

Stop Live Ex­ports man­ager Ka­t­rina Love said the at­ten­dance demon­strated pub­lic op­po­si­tion against the in­dus­try.

“With the events of this year and all of the in­ci­dents ex­posed, it has mo­ti­vated peo­ple to come out in op­po­si­tion,” she said. “From our point of view, you can’t jus­tify the suf­fer­ing sheep are go­ing through on some of these voy­ages.”

Pin­gelly sheep pro­ducer and Na­tion­als WA can­di­date for O’Con­nor John Has­sell ven­tured to the protest to voice the live ex­port in­dus­try’s im­por­tance to the State’s econ­omy and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Has­sell — whose flock in­cludes about 1200 wethers, 4000 ewes and 3000 lambs — said his de­ci­sion to at­tend was spurred by a need to pro­mote a bal­anced de­bate.

“The live ex­port trade is re­ally im­por­tant to WA and the O’Con­nor elec­torate,” he said.

Mr Has­sell said July’s pro-live ex­port rally held in Katan­ning, at which al­most 1000 farm­ers at­tended, out­lined the in­dus­try’s im­por­tance to re­gional WA.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

A big crowd of live ex­port protesters lined Stir­ling Bridge on Sun­day morn­ing.

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