Protest against an­i­mal ex­ports

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BAN An­i­mal Trad­ing (BAT) held a peace­ful protest in Bea­con Bay on Sun­day morn­ing to high­light the dan­gers of live an­i­mal ex­por­ta­tion.

BAT is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO) that is aim­ing to end an­i­mal ex­ploita­tion through aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

BAT spokesper­son, Smaragda Louw said nine ac­tivists gave of their time to spread aware­ness of this ex­ploita­tion in the com­mu­nity.

“There may have been only nine ac­tivists but next time we hope they'll be many more stand­ing up for the an­i­mals,” Louw said.

She said that cat­tle were shipped reg­u­larly from the East Lon­don port to Mau­ri­tius for slaugh­ter – while still alive.

“They travel in cramped con­di­tions with no ac­cess to food or wa­ter. These an­i­mals will stand in their own waste and have to breathe in the high am­mo­nia lev­els in the air for the en­tire du­ra­tion of their jour­ney to Mau­ri­tius,” she added.

The NPO handed out pam­phlets which out­lined the dan­gers and cru­elty en­dured by the an­i­mals.

Ac­cord­ing to BAT, the an­i­mals are off­loaded and trans­ported to abat­toirs where they are sys­tem­at­i­cally slaugh­tered as cheap meat for fi­nan­cial gain.

Other causes pur­sued by the or­gan­i­sa­tion in­clude dog fight­ing, ex­otic pet trade, and an­i­mal test­ing. On­line pe­ti­tions can be made on the or­gan­i­sa­tion's web­site,

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

NO MORE: Pro­test­ers hold up signs show­ing their op­pos­tion to live an­i­mal ex­ports dur­ing a Ban An­i­mal Trad­ing protest on Sun­day

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