Ban Live Exports – rally at Parliament House, Melbourne, 18 June 2011

Following the showing on ABC 4 Corners of footage taken in Indonesian abattoirs, protest rallies were held around Australia to reinforce popular demand for a permanent ban on live export of cattle to that country (the Government did in fact impose a temporary ban almost immediately, in response to universal outrage at what was revealed). Speakers at the rally on the steps of Parliament in Melbourne ranged from politicians Sue Pennicuik of the Greens and Kelvin Thompson of the ALP, to Lefki Pavlidis of the World Preservation Foundation, Shatha Hamade of the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, Pam Ahern, founder of Egdar’s Mission animal sanctuary, and Patty Mark, founder of Animal Liberation Victoria. MC was Ron Prasad, supported by Felicity Andersen to lead the chanting, with cellist Jonathan Tosio and singer Ruby Page. Timmy the ‘ambassador sheep’ from Edgar’s Mission was also present…
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Accounts in mainstream media gave attendance figures from 500 (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald – both from AAP) to 1500 (Herald Sun), the latter being probably rather low …
As can be seen in the accompanying video extracts, some speakers went much further than the nominal demand of the rally in calling for not just a ban on live exports, but an end to the meat industry itself, on both humane and environmental grounds, and there was obvious and loud vocal support from at least part of the crowd, evidenced also in the number of vegan banners and placards.
Also just visible at the start of the first video are representatives of a different viewpoint, in the person of two dairy farmers in South Gippsland holding placards reading “Ban animal cruelty not live exports’ – see report in Weekly Times Now.
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The two video extracts given here complement coverage on the websites of Animal Liberation Victoria, where founder Patty Mark’s address can be viewed, and Edgar’s Mission, with video of Pam Ahern:

Patty Mark – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa48zLxkBU8&

Pam Ahern – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Qh86d19fw&

More links:

http://www.facebook.com/animalliberationvictoria
http://www.facebook.com/edgarsmission

http://www.alv.org.au/
http://www.edgarsmission.org.au/

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