Rallies took place all over Australia this Sunday calling on members of parliament to ban the nation’s billion-dollar industry of trading and exporting live animals. Recently exposed images revealing severe animal cruelty and inhumane slaughter of animals transported from Australia to Indonesia and the Middle East have sparked outrage across the nation. Earlier this month, the Australian government issued a temporary ban on all live cattle exports to Indonesia after the release of disturbing abuse footage from an Indonesian slaughterhouse. The ban has ended, to the dismay of animal-welfare activists seeking a permanent cease. The protests are also hot on the heels of an international outcry regarding Turkey’s treatment of cows and sheep, and a proposed ban of animal exports from the European Union to the Middle Eastern nation.
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