Live export trade opponents rally

NORTHERN Rivers opponents to live exports will hold rallies in Lismore and Byron Bay tomorrow as part of a national day of action across the country.

Organisers believe hundreds of thousands of Australians, shocked at the images from Indonesian abattoirs last week, are expected to now take part following the Federal Government's decision to lift the ban on live exports within the next few weeks.

National organiser Dr Patricia Petersen said she was delighted so many people from Lismore and Byron Bay had indicated they planned on voicing their opposition at the rallies.

“It's really wonderful that there are so many intelligent, compassionate and switched-on members of the Lismore and Byron communities,” she said.

“It's encouraging so many understand the serious economic and moral imperative to permanently ban live export.”

“The Government isn't listening to the arguments put forward by opponents of the live export trade; it is merely attempting to dodge a lethal political bullet.

“Julia Gillard has placed a temporary ban on live exports to Indonesia to politically water down public anger in relation to the industry.

"To suggest that this government is listening is extremely naive.

"It has known for decades that our livestock are being tortured to death when they arrive at their overseas destinations and has turned a blind eye to it.”

The rallies are planned for all capital cities and more than 50 regional and rural locations.

Local protesters will gather from noon at the Pie Cart in Magellan St, Lismore, and outside the Byron Bay Community Centre in Byron Bay.

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