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Thank you to the 50 dedicated souls who braved the heat (especially those in the cow and sheep suits!) to march with Stop LIve Exports in the Freo Festival Parade, as part of the Fremantle Community. We got lots of cheers and claps and people were keen to take our flyers and stickers.

Special thanks to Committee members Michelle and Alicia for taking charge and getting people organised - I unfortunately had a back issue that saw me miss this one. Thanks also to Dominique, Crystal and Marjie for taking SO MANY photos! (LOTS more on Facebook)

You'll be seeing a lot more of us! KL



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A fire broke out on board the Ocean Drover whilst docked at number 1 berth in Fremantle port this morning befor 8.00 AM. Thankfully no animals had yet been loaded, despite the ship having been in dock since 3 October. It has been reported that livestock trucks were removed from the dock due to the possibility of toxic smoke, so loading must have been imminent.

Apparently the fire broke out in crew's quarters -we hope they are all safe and accounted for.

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Had this happened 24 hours later, or at sea, the outcome could have been catastrophic. There have been countless livestock ship disasters at sea which have seen thousands of animals die - from less than a hundred to the entire shipment - some from weather events, some from ventialtion breakdown, some from drowning, and these two (that we know about) from fire:

  • 1980 The total cargo (40,605 sheep) perish in a fire aboard the Farid Fares.
  • 1996 67,488 sheep died when fire broke out on board the Uniceb; 8 days elapsed before any rescue attempt was made.

Live animal export is not only inherently cruel, it is inherently risky; placing animals at increased risk for increased profit is just not morally justifiable.

We would speculate that the ship would now not be inhabitable without repairs and imagine that the cattle that were due to be loaded, bound for Indonesia, will be returned to the feedlot to await another Wellard vessel. The Ocean Outback is currently in Singapore and the Ocean Swagman in China. KL

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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.   

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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!

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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.

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