PUBLISHED ON: 2 October 2018
When asked their opinion about Australia's export of live sheep, 72% of Wentworth voters said they're in favour of phasing out the trade. The ReachTell poll also revealed nearly half of those surveyed are more likely to vote for a candidate in the upcoming by-election who agrees.
The polling, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, confirmed what we already know: most Australians care deeply about the welfare of animals.
And politicians are starting to listen. At least 7 candidates vying for votes in Wentworth on October 20 support ending the sheep trade: Dominic Wy Kanak (The Greens); Tim Murray (Australian Labor Party); Kerryn Phelps (Independent); Deb Doyle (Animal Justice Party); Shayne Higson (Voluntary Euthanasia Party); Kay Dunne (Sustainable Australia); and Andrea Leong (Science Party).
There's a significant voice missing from this call for compassion though: the Liberal party's star candidate in Wentworth, Dave Sharma.
Mr Sharma told the Sydney Morning Herald he doesn't support a phase out despite being "shocked and appalled" when confronted with the footage of sheep suffering "gross animal mistreatment" on export ships.
It's impossible for any parent to explain these images to their kids.Dave Sharma, Liberal Candidate for Wentworth
Just as it's impossible to explain to any caring Australian why profits and politics should justify extreme animal cruelty…
The reality is that, even if they are bothered by this trade, Scott Morrison's government is denying its MPs an opportunity to vote on a bill that could bring it to an end — sparking calls from within for a 'conscience' or 'free' vote.
It makes one wonder just how many Liberal MPs there are who are equally "shocked and appalled" by the cruelty of sheep exports and would vote to end it if given the chance?
It's clear that the overwhelming majority of Wentworth voters, Aussies and politicians want sheep spared from the horror of live export. It's time for the Morrison Government to listen. Please, take action today, and help keep the pressure up.