Members of the South Coast Regional Group of the Animal Justice Party attended the AJP Rally in Canberra on Saturday 9 June.
Canberra was one of a several capital cities where rallies were held around the nation as an opportunity to bring people together calling for an end to live export. Members of the South Coast Regional Group to The Beagle they all came away with uplifted hearts and a terrific feeling of solidarity. Spokesperson for the group, Margaret Park said "Our group were joined by members from AJP ACT, as well as many others from other animal welfare groups and the general public wanting to see the end of live export now!" "The Canberra weather didn't defeat us and slowly but surely the numbers began to grow and grow. We were uplifted by the spirit of those who stood by our sides with one voice for kindness and the commitment to end live export. "With placards, home-made signs and a whole lot of passion we were all moved by the experience in being there sharing in the spirit of the rally. Bernie Brennan (AJP ACT Convenor) rallied us with stirring and emotionally telling words counting down from the early 1980s the disasters of this horrific and inhuman trade. "A founding member of ACT Animal Liberation spoke about her journey from farmer to animal activist. "Following on from the talks and this gathering of about 150 demonstrators, which included a wide cross-section of the community from within and beyond the ACT and people of all ages from young children to octogenarians, we marched into Canberra's Centre carrying our banners and chanting 'be a sport ban live export'; export Turnbull; export Littleproud.
"Passing vehicles gave us the toot of their horns and thumbs up as did those we passed by on our walk."