Activists call for a new ban on the export of live cattle from Australia during a protest outside Rockhampton City Hall yesterday.
Activists call for a new ban on the export of live cattle from Australia during a protest outside Rockhampton City Hall yesterday. Emma Mcbryde

Protesters out over live cattle

PROTESTORS took to the streets of Rockhampton yesterday to call for an end to the live export of cattle.

A group brandishing home-made banners gathered in Bolsover St, outside Rockhampton City Hall.

Sid Makwana, one of the organisers, said the RSPCA and Animals Australia had joined forces to declare a national day of action to show the Australian Government the strength of feeling against the trade.

"In the capital cities there were major protests outside state parliaments and we were determined to show that people here are equally concerned.

"We are just a group of friends opposed to animal cruelty and without doubt exporting cattle from Australia to places like Indonesia is incredibly cruel," he said.

He said when the government imposed a ban in the wake of a public outcry over television footage taken in Indonesian abattoirs, he didn't think the ban would be lifted so quickly.

"There was a lot of pressure on the government then and that shows public protest can be very effective.

"We knew the ban would be lifted one day, but it is very early and there are many questions left unanswered."

Sid said he was a vegetarian, but there were plenty of meat eaters who were also opposed to the suffering of animals on such long journeys overseas.

Since the trade to Indonesia began, millions of cows had died in transit, he claimed.


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