Live exports protest takes to CBD
IPSWICH protestors called for an immediate end to the live export of cattle at a protest rally held in the CBD on Saturday.
Protestors at the rally held placards and signs calling for the end of the practice and were addressed by protest organisers and the RSPCA.
The issue of live exports hit the headlines again last week after an episode of the ABC’s Four Corners program showed footage of barbaric treatment of cows exported to Indonesia.
The Federal Government has now launched an investigation into the inhumane treatment of live exports, but protestors at the Ipswich rally demanded much tougher action.
Organiser Dr Patricia Petersen, who will run as an independent in the seat of Ipswich at the next State Election, said Ipswich residents were horrified by the images of animal cruelty.
“It was a great turn-out from a vocal group of protestors,” Dr Petersen said.
“The community was shocked by the footage of animal cruelty in the live export trade.
“It should be stopped immediately.”
She said live exports caused the loss of jobs across Queensland and particularly in Ipswich, where large meat processing plant Swift Australia is based in Dinmore.
Dr Petersen said she has organised rallies to take place in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and other regional areas on June 18.
The issue of live exports was raised at the last Federal Election when the RSPCA called on candidates in the Ipswich seat of Blair to make stopping live exports one of their platforms.
Last week Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the footage shown was shocking and backed his government’s review into live exports.
But Mr Neumann said the live export industry was important to Australia, pumping almost $1 billion into the national economy each year, and employing more than 12,000 people.