Wednesday 18 October 2017

No bleating about the bush as shock demo hits embassy

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

ANIMAL-rights activists took their latest campaign against live exports to the steps of the Australian embassy in Dublin yesterday.

Dressed as sheep and dripping in fake blood, members of Animal Rights Action Network (Aran) were calling for a ban on the long-distance transport of animals.

Australia dominates the market for live sheep exports to the Middle East.

"The protest looked pretty spectacular," John Carmody of Aran said yesterday. "Some of the protesters had very realistic sheep faces on and they were covered in blood."

The initiative is part of a global campaign 'Handle With Care' which is calling for an end to the long-distance transport of live animals for slaughter.

Aran is planning a nationwide protest on the issue on October 5 and will focus on the fact that Australian farmers are also shipping sheep to Ireland.

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