Bridge of protest: live trade
STIRLING Bridge was lined with 1470 people on Sunday to protest against the live animal export trade.
Stop Live Export campaign manager Katrina Love said the event started seven years ago.
“It started because of the criticisms of those who opposed the trade; they made accusations we were feral, tree-hugging, vegan extremist activists,” she said.
“We asked everyone who opposed the trade and those who attended to wear signs around their neck, which said ‘I am a blank’ who opposes live export.
“The blank was a fact about them – occupation, role in life, whether it be a mother, father, professional, farmers, truck drivers.
“It was to display the diversity of people who oppose the trade, meat eaters as well; it’s not just vegans and vegetarian who oppose the cruelty.”
The organiser said the event went well.
“It had a great energy and was very peaceful,” she said.
“We had an increase of 100 per cent from last year and had an increase in the number of dogs attending.”
Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson, who attended the event, said it was time to stop an unnecessary trade that is inherently cruel.
“We have a great opportunity to achieve the end of the live sheep trade and to begin the development of a safe, stable, higher-jobs and higher-value industry,” he said.
“People in Freo and right across WA have fought for this change, and I’m glad to have been a leading voice in the parliament on their behalf.”