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All during Saturday night the rain fell in sheets and at 7.00am on the Esplanade reserve in Fremantle on Sunday, the weather didn’t look any more promising.  My trusty team of SLE volunteers battled on regardless and by 11.30am we were ready to go and like a sign from above, the sun came out!  And the people came, a trickle at first and then in ever increasing waves, placards held high. It’s hard to gauge crowd numbers at a glance but we estimate that the final turnout was in excess of 1,500!

We started at noon with some great music from Dilip and the Davs followed by passionate and rousing speeches from Lisa Baker MLA, Member for Maylands, Senator Rachel Siewert, Chris Tallentire, MLA Member for Gosnells, Lyn MacLaren MLC Member for the South Metropolitan Region and Lyn Bradshaw, National and State President of the RSPCA.  Lyn White’s speech was also played over the airwaves during which you could have heard a pin drop and there wasn’t a dry eye on the Esplanade reserve.

The spirit of the day was amazing – happy, friendly, supportive and caring.  Children planted their wishes in the Wish Garden and coloured in pictures of lambs and cows.  Levy the sheep put in an appearance, as did a beautiful calf called Daisy, a goat and dogs of all shapes and sizes.  There were babies and pensioners, bankers and teachers – just ordinary Australians from all walks of life coming together to speak out for those that cannot.

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Oh What a Night!

Congratulations to the Stop Live Exports volunteers that met the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard last night!

Volunteers with Julia Gillard  Volunteer with Julia Gillard and Melissa Parke

The volunteers joined the PM and her Cabinet for a Community Cabinet meeting at South Fremantle High School.

It wasn’t just the volunteers inside that were getting the message out. Out the front of the school, around 20 volunteers gathered, including our very own Levy the Sheep to bust the myths of live exports.  Some people think that jobs and money will need to be sacrificed if live exports are phased out, but we know that’s not the case.  The volunteers did a great job and thanks to all involved.

Volunteer at Community Cabinet

 

More and more state and federal MP’s are coming on board and realising that live exports don’t make economic sense.  Does your MP?  Find out what you can do to get them involved by going to our Take Action page

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