Press release for event: “14. 5. 2014 – Activists as slaves against live exports of animals.”

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ban_live_exportPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Animal rights activists (movement 269 Life) will meet on Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 16 P.M. in front of the Australian embassy to express their disagreement with inhuman and unnecessary “live exports”, strikingly similar to the now banned slaves transports. In the coming week such gatherings will be held in front of Australian embassies all around the world.

 “150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery.
100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote.
50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law.
25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights.
They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended.
Some day they won’t be laughing.

– Gary Smith

Quick look back at the human history shows us transports of slaves violently dragged from their homelands, families and loved ones. 70 years ago the whole world witnessed horrible transports
of (not only) Jews to the concentration camps. Today, we think of this past as dark days of our history.
The question remains – why do we still tolerate fundamentally identical live exports of animals from Australia to Southeast Asia and the Middle East? The only difference between these live exports and the now banned transports of slaves or Jews are the victims – then it was humans, now it is animals. However, years ago it had been proven multiple times, that animals feel fear and pain as any of us does.

The point of this event organized by 296 Life Movement is to show Australia and
the outside world that treating animals as a property is unacceptable. The event will be accompanied by a short scene, in which activists will reenact auction of slaves: “We’d like to point at obvious similarities between banned transports of slaves and still ignored live exports,” the organizers say.

During the voyage, animals are closed in confined, overcrowded space, they’re suffocating and they have to face extreme weather conditions. Because of these reasons and because of possible sickness many of them don’t survive the journey and only the slightest number of those is humanely euthanized. Also, when they land after weeks or even months long suffering, they are so exhausted they are not able to move. To get them “move” slaughtermen apply another form of physical torture – the animals are having their eyes poked with knives, their tails broken and chili peppers rubbed into their eyes.
In the end, without their eyes and with their bones broken their throats are unprofessionally slit without prior stunning.
The greatest paradox is that these live exports are preposterous – it has almost no effect on the Australian economics and it doesn’t even correspond with the consumer demand,
” says website of organization focused at the live exports problematics (see Australian society BAN LIVE EXPORT).

Pain is pain
Blood is blood
Fear is fear

For more information, contact::
Ondřej Krátký, tel.: +420 608 174 518, mail:

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