Federal Labor backbencher Kelvin Thomson, addressing thousands of protesters at a rain-drenched rally in Melbourne, has called on his government colleagues to ban live animal exports.
On a day of protest around the country, thousands attended protest rallies in the state capitals and Canberra.
“No ban, no vote, get animals off the boat,” the crowd chanted outside Victoria’s Parliament House.
In a colourful Sydney protest, banners were emblazoned with messages including “Come on Julia, don’t be a chicken” and “Stop the animal holocaust”.
National GetUp director Sam McLean told the crowd in Sydney’s Martin Place that the animal welfare movement was the most powerful grassroots movement in Australia.
Closest to home for the federal government was Mr Thomson’s continuing urgent call for the banning of further livestock shipments to Bahrain or Pakistan until further notice.
The renewed calls for an end to the live animal export trade follow news that about half of 21,000 Australian sheep offloaded in Pakistan last month were clubbed, stabbed and buried alive.
Mr Thomson told the Melbourne rally it was “absolutely unacceptable that Bahrain and Pakistan can ignore the memorandums of understanding which they have entered into as a condition of entering the export trade”.
He said regulations must be implemented for the mandatory stunning of animals before slaughter, while the live animal export trade is phased out and replaced with domestic processing.
He called for the establishment of an independent animal welfare office.
Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White told the Melbourne protesters to send a message to their local candidates before the next federal election.
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