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Israelis protest against live export of animals from Australia

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Published: 30 April 2018

Last updated: 4 March 2024

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE marched through Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest against the continued live shipment of animals from as far as Australia to Israel for fattening and slaughter.

On Saturday morning, demonstrators in Australia gathered in front of a ship loaded with thousands of sheep and cattle that was departing for Israel’s shores.

Both protests followed the release earlier this month of an exposé by Animals Australia, broadcast on Australian TV’s 60 Minutes, into the appalling conditions in which sheep were shipped to the Middle East on five separate journeys, each lasting more than three weeks.

Disturbing footage from the documentary, subsequently broadcast on Israel’s Hadashot TV news, showed overcrowding on board, with animals packed so tightly that many could not reach food and water.

Saturday night’s demonstration, which organisers said brought around 3,000 protesters onto the streets, was also attended by several Knesset lawmakers.

FULL STORY Thousands protest ‘agonizing’ live shipment of animals to Israel (Times of Israel)

Protesters in Israel call for end to Australian live exports (Guardian)
Animal rights activists have marched in Israel against live exports, seeking to maintain pressure on both governments to end the “cruel industry”

Photo: Protesters demonstrate in Tel Aviv against live shipments of animals for fattening and slaughter in Israel, April 28 (Adi Avikzer)

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