Protesting against live cattle exports are (from left) Lex Kerr, Chris Hooper, Preeti Singh and Sid Makwana.
Protesting against live cattle exports are (from left) Lex Kerr, Chris Hooper, Preeti Singh and Sid Makwana. Chris Ison

Protest ends up with lean pickings

IT was a lean beef protest in Rockhampton at the weekend.

Just four people showed up outside of Rockhampton City Hall on Bolsover St after Dr Patricia Petersen, an independent candidate for Ipswich in the next state election, called for demonstrations against the live export trade in Rockhampton on a Facebook page she set up.

However, Dr Petersen told the Bulletin on Friday that although there was no local organiser, she expected 50 to 100 people to attend the protest in the Beef Capital.

A passer-by could be forgiven for thinking there was no protest at all as the four people grazing in the area carried no placards and called out no chants.

“I just found out about it a couple of hours before it happened,” said Sid Makwana, an organiser with animal activist group Happy Herbivores.

He said if he had known about it earlier he could have organised for the other members of his group to attend the protest.

Former meatworker Lex Kerr said he “went to have a look to see how many people were interested”.

The Federal Government has suspended the sale of live cattle to Indonesian abattoirs for six months.



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