June 09, 2018 - GruntVeganfeature
Animal Rights activists staged another rally in Adelaide this week as part of a national protest to ban live animal exports.
Millions of Australian sheep and cows are sent on hellish journeys to Southeast Asia and the Middle East every year. "The terrified animals are crammed onto open-decked ships, many storeys high, for a gruelling trip across thousands of kilometres in all weather extremes. Many starve or succumb to heatstroke and disease" PETA reports.
Of the more than 200 million animals have been crammed onto filthy cargo ships over the last 30 years, and more than 2.5 million of them have died. And of course, every single one was an individual who felt fear and pain.RSPCA, South Australia’s Animal Welfare Advocate, Dr Rebekah Eyers, spoke to the crowd where she condemned the “cruel” practice.
“Politicians will have the choice to either contribute to the end of what is one of the most shameful chapters of animal treatment in our nation’s history — or be remembered for allowing it to continue on their watch,” she said.
And it is not just animal abuse involved in this practise of live export: there are atrocious human rights violations endured by the crews of these death ships as well.