Bridge of protest: live trade

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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