IN THE NEWS: On OCT 6, 2019
Close to 1000 people have lined the footpath of Stirling Bridge in East Fremantle to create a ‘human chain’ protesting live exports.
In its ninth year, the protest this year has been labelled as the ‘saddest’.
“Everyone was very excited and very optimistic last year, because Labor had promised to end the live sheep trade within five years if they got in, instead we ended up with a Liberal-National coalition who have always expressed their support for the live export trade, not only its continuation but expanding it,” Stop Live Exports Campaign Manager Katrina Love said.
“This is a very sad one for us, we thought we did have an end in sight but currently we don’t.”
Organisers said the event was peaceful and distanced themselves from the ‘bad press’ of animal activists and vegans invading farms.
“To display the diversity of people who oppose live animal exports. There’s been a lot of bad press about the animal activists and terrorists and vegans, invading farms and that. These are just everyday people, doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, voters,” Ms Love said.
People and animals donned signs expressing why they were against live exports. Even a lamb made an appearance on the bridge.
Among the protesters was a farmer’s daughter. Dixie Sounness grew up on a farm, and despite not personally knowing any farmers who support banning live exports, she hoped there would be.
“I think there are better ways to accomplish this sort of thing,” she said.