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Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Hadagutful 2013 - Now with more guts
It’s on again, the Stop Live Exports Human Chain across the
Stirling Bridge in Fremantle.
They’re a persistent bunch, but then so are we. Last year we
gate crashed their little party and it was BRILLIANT!
If you weren’t there, words can’t describe how the day felt.
The huge BBQ in the morning. The inspirational speakers (we have a bigger PA
system this year, so you can actually hear them this time), the mass of people
pouring down the hill to line the foreshore, and then the trucks. God bless
So this year we’d like a repeat, maybe even one better. East
Fremantle Council have been kind enough to grant us the use of Merv Cowan Park
again. The CWA will be doing coffees and morning tea. The BBQ’s are being
dusted off and a few other things organised.
Twelve months ago we owned a sheep feedlot, a farm and a
pastoral station. Today we are left with just the station. The new regulations
placed on the live export industry crippled us. Our export depot ceased, our
stock sales stopped overnight and those that we could sell went for a song. All
of this can be put down to one thing.
Pressure. And not even real pressure. It’s a perceived
pressure which spooked a weak government. Thankfully today we have an Ag
Minister who has dust on his boots and who can tell a sheep from a cow from a
horses arse, unlike his predecessor.But
it may not be enough alone. We need to turn that perceived pressure on its
head. Nothing makes a statement like two thousandcheering farmers.
And it’s not just us it’s affecting. Since last year I don’t
know how many calls and emails we’ve had from people in the same situation.
Sadly it’s gotten too much for some and I worry about others.
If you came last year, please, come again. If you didn’t
come last year, please do. If you haven’t seen it already, this video is from
last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM5KvyaKpDoIt still gives me goosebumps.
Last year the rally was organised with a mobile phone and
high speed internet. Sadly, they went the way of our farms so please forgive me
if details are a bit sparse this time round. Following are the details. If you
can, print them out and stick them everywhere you can think of. Pubs, shops,
CBH bins. Thank you all for your support this last year and together we can
show them all we’ve still had a bloody gutfull.
Michael Trant and Gemma Cripps
Live Export Rally
8th December – 9.00am
Merv Cowan Park, Fremantle
there early, parking is limited.
·The anti export movement is holding a
human chain along Stirling Bridge against Live Export.
·To show them for the minority they
are, we need as many live export supporters we can muster to rally in the
·Bring banners, placards and plenty of
·Dress in your stock agents colours.
·Get a group together and bring a
·Bring water, supply is limited
We hope to
have speakers present. Flyers will be available to take and hand out to the
general public. A sausage sizzle will be on for the early birds. Let’s make a
day of it and show our support for our own industry.
Last year was a huge
success. Let’s do it again.
Visit the Save Live Export Facebook
Group for more info.