rallies against live exports - 17th October 2015
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welfare activists are joining forces around Australia
to rally against the live export trade.
are being held by Animals Australia in Melbourne,
Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Fremantle and
Hobart on Saturday.
the Melbourne rally, the message was: It's time to
stop the 'shiploads of misery' leaving Australia for
the Middle East.
of people lined the steps of Victoria's parliament
house to call for an end to live exports, with Greens
MP Adam Bandt calling Agriculture Minister Barnaby
Joyce 'the minister for animal cruelty'.
Joyce as the minister who is overseeing this torture,
it is an incredible double standard to use the law
against Johnny Depp's dogs, but when it comes to live
exports he turns a blind eye,' Mr Bandt told the crowd.
said ensuring animals were treated with respect could
not be done from behind a desk in Canberra, and action
had to be taken in the Middle East.
would love to handcuff some of the most vocal supporters
of live exports in the heat in Kuwait for a few hours
- a few hours watching sheep being brutally shoved
into cars in the heat,' Lyn White from Animals Australia
White said evidence of the treatment towards Australian
sheep was presented to the government six weeks before
a another three shiploads were sent to Kuwait.
federal government this week said it was looking into
allegations that Australian sheep ready for slaughter
are being mistreated in the Middle East.
Department of Agriculture is investigating reports
that thousands of sheep were found outside animal
welfare-approved abattoirs in Oman, Kuwait and the
United Arab Emirates during the recent Muslim festival
of Eid al-Adha.
Joyce has left the door open to fining or suspending
the licences of exporters found in breach of Australia's
animal welfare export rules.