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Katrina Love for Stop Live Exports and Michael Trant for Save Live Exports, interviewed on HKD evening news. Video here.

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Stop Live Exports Coordinator Katrina Love at National Rally in Fremantle Oct 2012. Photo: K Frost

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Eggs were thrown and a woman carrying a child jumped in front of a truck as anti live-export demonstrators and farmers held duelling rallies in Fremantle.

Stop Live Exports co-ordinator Katrina Love said about 1000 people formed a human chain across Stirling Bridge on Sunday morning, up from 370 last year. Full article here.

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One victim of the many eggings by pro-live exporters. Photo: John

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Police described both sides as “well behaved” as live export industry supporters and those opposed to the trade staged counter protests in Fremantle yesterday. Full article here.

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1100 people opposed to live exports line the Stirling Bridge. Photo: Kate Greenfeld

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Hundreds of farmers, producers and exporters have lined the foreshore under Fremantle's Stirling Bridge as part of a counter rally against a live exports protest. Read full report here.

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They find the inherent cruelty amusing. Photo: Stop Live Exports

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LABOR backbench MPs Kelvin Thomson, Melissa Parke, Janelle Saffin and Darren Cheeseman’s proposed ban on live exports relies on arguments which perpetuate “economic vandalism” on producers, said Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive officer Alison Penfold, and won’t be tolerated by ALEC.Full story here.

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Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke at Fremantle Rally 6 Oct 2012Photo: Kate Greenfeld

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The first significant new abattoir to be constructed in Northern Australia in half a century is a step closer, with construction likely to start soon on a $20 million processing plant in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Full story here.

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Beef Central's glowing commentary on the pro-live export faction's counter-protest to our Human Chain event. They fail to mention that their "fact" sheets are in fact 'industry spin' sheets, and in some cases, 'blatant lie' sheets. More on that to come.

Read full article here.

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A prominent WA farmer has raised the possibility of launching a class action lawsuit against an animal rights activist who has been calling for the abolition of live exports. Read full story here.

 

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Labor backbencher summed up ESCAS (Exporters Supply Chain Assurance System) accurately when he said:

"The system that we have in place amounts to an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff when what we need is some fencing at the top."

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* FEB 2012 - 46 breaches of OIE standards for the handling and slaughter of cattle were documented in a short period of time, in two ESCAS-approved abattoirs in Indonesia.

 

* AUG 2012 - Evidence has been submitted to the government that 200 Australian sheep were slaughtered in the banned Al Rai meat markets in Kuwait.

Lyn White said "This market is the scene of the worst abuses of Australian sheep I have documented over the past nine years. That hundreds of Australian sheep were for sale there shows a blatant disregard by the exporter for their regulatory obligations."

 

* AUG 2012 - 55,000 sheep aboard the Al Shuwaikh were delayed form unloading in Kuwait, despite our Memorandum of Understanding with that country.

 

* AUG 2012 - 22,000 sheep aboard the Ocean Drover were refused by Bahrain, contrary to our Memorandum of Understanding with that country. They subsequently ended up being unloaded in Karachi, Pakistan, where most of them were brutally culled in violation of even the very low OIE standards. Footage was taken by staff, of them being stabbed, clubbed and even buried alive.

 

* SEPT 2012 - 11,000 breeding cattle were rejected by Indonesia because they didn't have complete breeding line histories - impossible to attain. Breeding stock are not “protected” under ESCAS.

 

* SEPT 2012 - 30,000 cattle were held in feedlots in Egypt for eight weeks whilst they kept slaughtering a few at a time to decide whether they suddenly had a problem with the HGP implants. These cattle were inspected and approved BEFORE they left Australia, by EGYPTIAN authorities.

 

* SEPT 2012 - it was revealed that over 10,000 Australian breeding sheep, cattle and goats, unprotected by ESCAS, died horrific deaths from thirst and hunger on a private farm in Qatar - many, including newborn calves, cooking in 50 degree heat.

 

*OCTOBER 2012 – evidence surfaced of Australian cattle being illegally rope-slaughtered outside an ESCAS-accredited abattoir in West Java, in the presence of an MLA employee. A formal complaint has been submitted to DAFF.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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Government officials seek to cover up live export and shark attack link.

Details here.

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Photo: Western Australians for Shark Conservation

 

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Link to interview on The Couch with Katrina Love, Stop Live Exports Coordinator and our passionate and hard-working member and volunteer, Ira Kroll, who actually arranged for our interview.

Watch here.

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Greens senator Lee Rhiannon says she welcomes pressure from within the Labor caucus to phase out the live animal export trade. Read full story here.


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Tony Ryan, commenced his working life in the cattle industry in 1961 following four years study of agricultural science, dairy science, and animal husbandry, and later worked for Dalgety as a stock agent. He commenced researching the unrealised potential of Top End rural industries after moving to the NT in 1971, including two tours of education on tropical primary industries provided by Malaysian and Indonesian farmers and fishermen.

Read the full article here.

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A former Australian diplomat to the Middle East and Pakistan says Australia should use its seat on the UN Security Council to phase out the international live export trade. Full story here.

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THE public needs to put its money where its mouth is, or farming will continue to suffer, writes KATE DOWLER - full story here.

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Listen to audio here - Greens MLC , Lynn MacLaren speaks to Understory about live anmal exports.

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"As a vet in Darwin - who spent 22 years as a research vet for the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and did research on cow death rates on large stations in the late 1980s pre-large scale live export - I believe the live export of cattle to Indonesia is vital for animal welfare both here and in Indonesia."

Read full story here.

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THE Four Corners broadcast of "Another Bloody Business" failed to generate the same public outcry that accompanied last year’s exposure of cruelty to Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs.

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JULIA Gillard has sought to reassure her anxious backbench over the cruel slaughter of Australian sheep in Pakistan, saying she understands their distress but is standing by the $1 billion live-export industry.

Full story here.

FUN FREMANTLE FESTIVAL STREET PARADE SUN 11 Nov. - JOIN US!

Please join us in this fantastic community event!

The street parade is the finale of fifteen eclectric days of art, culture and celebration.

March with the Stop Live Export team and help us make a statement. This will be a great opportunity to hand out fliers for the Human Chain event the following weekend. We have about 1,000 to hand out. Will also be handing out information brochures/membership forms to those who want them.

Will see you at our assembly point in car park 20, on the corner of Essex St and Marine Pde, by 3.00 PM.

Maps and info pack:

Fremantle_Festival_Parade_2012_maps.pdf

Parade_Pack_Information_25.10.12.docx

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