New research commissioned by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has shown the widespread opposition to the live export trade. 69% of respondents believe that the live export trade should be ended.
The research also showed that 74% - or 12.4 million Australians – would vote for a politician who promised to end the live export trade.
Women (78%) are more likely than men (60%) to agree that live exports should be ended, whilst young people aged 18-24 years are the most likely age group to think that the trade should end. Victorians (73%) are more likely than Australians from other states to believe that live exports should be ended.
‘Stand up for animals’ campaign
The research has been released today to coincide with the start of WSPA’s ‘Stand up for Animals’ partnership with The Body Shop. The partnership will be in around 90 stores across Australia from 30 July – 19 August. During this time people are invited to visit a local The Body Shop store and sign a little orange person, to join a chain to be delivered to local MPs, and then presented to Federal Government at the end of the campaign.
What was said
Jodie Jankevics, Campaign Manager for WSPA, said: “This research demonstrates the public opposition to the live export trade once again. There are viable alternatives that would benefit the Australian economy, farmers and animals so the time has come to embrace this win-win situation. With such a huge majority of Australians on our side, it is time for the government to look at supporting the chilled meat trade as the most viable alternative to live animal export.”
Mark Kindness, CEO, The Body Shop Australia, commented: “We are proud to support WSPA in a campaign that seeks to find alternatives to live export while simultaneously safeguarding existing jobs and creating new opportunities in Australia.”
The survey was a nationwide poll of 1036 Australians aged 18 and over, commissioned by WSPA and conducted by Lonergan Research in on 28 May 2012.