Animal Justice Team and anti-live export advocates made their message heard at Parliament House with a large showing on the steps of Parliament today.
The vocal crowd, holding placards urging passers-by and politicians alike to ‘vote against live export’, at one point lined up from one side of Parliament house to the other, protesting in unison amid the on-going Al Kuwait crisis.
The protest comes after a ruling by the Department of Agriculture that 56,000 sheep will be exported to the middle east on the Al Kuwait vessel despite less than acceptable conditions of animal welfare.
Under new welfare controls, export to the Middle East is banned until September 14, as animals are unable to endure the searing conditions of the gulf states, especially after thousands of sheep died in the Awassi Express disaster of 2017.
However, despite a last minute effort to veto in the Federal Court this evening by Animals Australia, the Department of Agriculture will still allow the vessel to leave Australian shores.
It is believed that if the ship leaves, as expected on Wednesday, that many of the sheep on board may occur heat stress.
Earlier, Animal Justice Team spokesperson Grant Stewart said the group was disgusted by the decision to allow Australian animals to be sent from Fremantle.
“Australians are sick of deal with the devil we’ve made by sending our animals to suffer the nightmare deaths that await them at the end of these sickening voyages.” Mr Stewart said.
“We know the nauseating voyages followed by the horrific treatment they will receive in these places would not be tolerated if they were on Australian soil, and yet we send them there knowing this.
“We condemn this decision in the strongest terms possible. The vast majority of Australians are vehemently opposed to live export and it’s way past time our politicians showed some respect to the people who vote for them.”
Stewart added: “We do not accept that blood money is more important that the evil suffering we visit upon our fellow Australian animals.”