Australia: Campaign follow up – Freemantle City Votes to END Live Sheep Exports

We now have a very positive follow up to our post of 31st May regarding our request  to support the city of Freemantle in their call / meeting for live animal exports to be stopped at the port.

The great news is that the city council has now voted to end live sheep exports !

Many thanks to everyone who joined the call and who sent mails of support to the city council – your voice has been heard !

Our previous post:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/australia-please-support-see-below-the-city-of-fremantle-has-called-for-live-animal-exports-to-be-phased-out-during-the-next-five-years/

News article from Perthnow:

http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/fremantle-council-votes-to-end-live-sheep-exports/story-e6frg2qc-1225871875456

Article reads:

Fremantle council votes to end live sheep exports

  • From: PerthNow
  • May 27, 2010 7:18AM

FREMANTLE has adopted a policy aimed at putting an end to live sheep exports from the port.

A historic decision was made last night by the City of Fremantle to support a phase out of live exports.

More than 80 per cent of the nearly 4 million Australian sheep exported in 2006 were loaded through the port of Fremantle.

Fremantle Council has now joined Greens Member for South East Metropolitan, Lynn MacLaren, and Federal Labour Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, in opposing live exports on the grounds of cruelty.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the time had come for the “cruel and unnecessary live sheep trade to be phased out and replaced with a trade that supports local jobs”.

“This motion is not designed to move the trade south from Fremantle to Kwinana. We want it stopped all together and replaced with the less cruel and better economic outcome of frozen meat,” Mr Pettitt said.

Stop Live Exports campaign manager Jodie Jankevics said: “We welcome Fremantle Council taking this strong stance against live exports. There are many animal welfare concerns with this trade, and despite industry claims, very little improvements to animal welfare have been made.

“Not only are live exports cruel, but they don’t make economic sense either.

“Recent reports released show that a sheep processed domestically is worth 20 per cent more to the Australian economy than one exported live, due to the capacity to value add in Australia.

“Added to that, many West Australians are losing their jobs in the processing sector. Live export are sending animals overseas that would normally be processed here.”

Serbia: New Animal Organisation ‘ORPAK’ Formed to ‘Advocate the Law and the Protection of Animals’

Dear all;

We have some great news.

A new animal welfare / rights organisation has been set up Serbia; they are called ‘ORPAK’ and are based in Krusevac city / municipality – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru%C5%A1evac

ORPAK was founded on 30th April 2010, and so are a very new and vibrant organisation.  Already, it can be confirmed that Slavica at EPAR Subotica is already working with Lela at ORPAK to take further forward many animal issues that exist in Serbia.

You can visit the ORPAK web site now by clicking on this link: 

http://www.orpak.webs.com/ 

There is also an ORPAK video which displays a lot of their work and rescued animals, complete with donation information (at the end of the video) should you wish to support.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5QkMdhKiLQ 

SAV has been given the following information from our new friends at ORPAK:

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ORganization for the Protection and rights of Animals Krusevac “ORPAK” is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which advocates the improvement of law and protection of animals, which was founded on 30th April 2010 in Krusevac.

In these troubled times, animals need our help now more than ever before. We work to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and ALL animals. We carry out hands-on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

We depend entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes.

If you would like to support our educational campaigns that protect animals and the environment please make a donation.

Because when it comes to fighting cruelty, we don’t give up. EVER!

Thank you for your time.
Lela Bucek
President “ORPAK”

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SAV welcomes our new friends at ORPAK into the ‘movement’ and look forward to further progress as an even stronger united animal force to continue putting pressure on the government and authorities to greatly improve the situation for strays and all other animals within Serbia.