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Dear Editor,

The Ban Live Exports rally at Parliament House in Hobart on Saturday, June 18, attracted an estimated 400 people (not the 150 claimed in the Sunday Tasmanian), and both the organisers and the participants were most disappointed with both the extent and the inaccuracy of the very brief report provided by the Mercury.

Speakers Senator Bob Brown, Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie and Veterinarian Dr Andrew Nicholson addressed the rally, along with Brightside Farm Sanctuary, Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania and a comprehensive statement from the AMIEU (Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union) was read.

Also present was Senator Christine Milne. Substantial funds were raised for the campaigns to end live exports. Ironically, the Examiner provided a comprehensive report on the rally (below*), yet the local Mercury failed to meet community expectations both in providing information beforehand, and its subsequent reporting.

Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty, wishes to convey its thanks for the extraordinary attendance, contributions to the campaign, and especially to the fine speakers who provided a wealth of information as well as demonstrating a passion for ending this brutal trade.

We have received numerous messages of disappointment that Tasmania’s southern Sunday newspaper completely failed to acknowledge the depth of the community’s commitment to this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Cass
Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty

*Call to stop live exports
19 Jun, 2011 12:00 AM

ABOUT 400 people rallied outside Parliament House in Hobart yesterday to protest against live cattle exports.

Their message to the government was that “live export must end now”.

It was part of a nationwide protest, with a rally held in the capital city of every state.

About 100,000 people across Australia attended the rallies.

In Tasmania, the protesters were addressed by Greens Senators Bob Brown and Christine Milne, Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth, veterinarian Andrew Nicholson and Denison independent MHR Andrew Wilkie.

A statement from Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union Tasmanian branch secretary and federal president Grant Courtney was read out, as he was delayed in Queensland due to the volcanic ash cloud stopping his flight home.

Mr Courtney said banning live exports would mean more jobs in Australia.

The federal government has temporarily banned live cattle exports to Indonesia for slaughter for six months, while practices are investigated.

The move follows community outrage after footage of animals being slaughtered through horrific means was broadcast on the ABC’s Four Corners program on May 30.

“The sentiment from most people here (in Hobart) was it’s got to end now,” a Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty spokeswoman said.

“Money was raised at the rally, which will go to Animals Australia in case they do need to conduct another investigation.”

Meat and Livestock Australia said last week that it had experts working with Indonesian cattle importers to improve standards at the 25 best facilities processing Australian cattle.