Flash Protest Fremantle 18th December
Another example of the wonderful work undertaken by Stop Live Exports supporters! An unplanned, spontaneous call for a flash protest in Victoria Quay, Fremantle to coincide with the loading of sheep and cattle onto the Bader III, resulted in a turnout of 30 protesters and a small boat!
The community of Fremantle will continue to draw attention to the fact that 80% of Australia's sheep exports leave its port every year and will persist in protesting about the inherent cruelty in the live export trade. Fremantle residents see, and smell, first hand the suffering and misery of this cruel and indefensible trade and want to see it phased out as quickly as possible and replaced with a chilled and frozen meat trade.
Human Chain Across the Stirling Bridge, Fremantle
Stop Live Exports, in conjunction with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), organised a Human Chain across the Stirling Bridge in Fremantle on Sunday 13th November.
We estimate that about 350 wonderful supporters turned up, enough to almost straddle the bridge. Everyone wore black and an A4 sign around their necks that stated: “I am a ………… opposed to live exports”. The blank space was filled in as appropriate for each individual e.g. I am a teacher/vet/student/meat-eater/mother etc. The best sign was that of a young man that said "I am a student who should be studying for my WACE exams opposed to live exports". We admire his commitment to our cause and we certainly hope that he does well in his exams!
The line of people stood in silence and linked hands to show their opposition to the live trade. The event drew a lot of media attention - see the PerthNow footage here. Many people going by in vehicles on the bridge also hooted to show their support and even the river police sounded their siren and gave the thumbs up! It was a brilliant way to demonstrate that people from all walks of life want to see a cessation to the live export trade.
WSPA will use footage and photos from the event in their Humane Chain campaign that is drumming up support for the phasing out of live exports in the run up to the national Labor Conference which is being held on 2nd and 3rd December.
Well done to everyone that turned up and made it such a special event.