A rally will be held to support federal MP Janelle Saffin’s call for an end to the live-animal export trade. Concerned people are asked to gather at midday this Friday 5 October at her office in Molesworth Street, Lismore.
Ms Saffin has said publicly that she disagrees with the policy of the federal government (of which she is a part) but says she does not believe it will change. However she told ABC radio this morning that continued pressure would help to tighten the law and ensure the best possible conditions for the animals.
Rally organiser Cherie Imlah said ‘in view of the horrific cruelty to exported animals continually occurring, the live-export trade can’t be justified, and the federal agriculture minister’s statement that his department’s regulations are working is patently misleading.
‘Exported animals continue to suffer on a daily basis and some of these cruelties have been exposed by Animals Australia and others, not by the Australian government. The minister and his government should be condemned for the failure to effectively address animal suffering, and the trade should be banned.’