May 19, 2011
The aim of this new challenge is to raise awareness of the inherently cruel live animal export trade, and encourage more Australians to contact their Member of Parliament about the issue.
Each student is spreading the word at their university and among friends and family. They are aiming to get as many people as they can to write to their MP urging for an end to the trade. The students taking part represent a diverse set of interests from animal law clubs, to veterinary students, to political and environmental groups who all want to see better treatment for Australia’s animals.
We asked Sy Woon, a third year vet student at University of Sydney (pictured above at far right) why she signed up for the Humane Campus Challenge:
"Our Animal Welfare Society is determined to address the urgent issue of live animal exports, and we hope to achieve this by raising awareness amongst our university community about its existence and the evidently inherent cruelty it condones. By participating in this fantastic initiative we aim to contribute to efforts in ending this inhumane trade."
The competition runs throughout the entire month of May and we’ll announce a winner in early June. You can see who’s in the lead and read about more fantastic work these students have been doing on the Humane Chain blog.
And you don’t need to be a student to participate!
“Writing a personal letter to your MP is one of the most effective ways to give a voice to this issue. A recent poll showed that almost 80% of Australians think live sheep exports are cruel and should end. By writing a letter, you’re showing the government that this issue cannot be ignored.” said WSPA Campaigner Sharon Troy.
Through the new Humane Chain website, anyone can use our interactive letter-writing tool to easily personalise a letter to their local MP. Or you can support your local university by writing a letter to count towards their total by clicking on them in the list below: