Email Senators to support Super Trawler Motion

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  • Janet Allan
    commented 2015-11-25 13:30:04 +1100
    Using a simple rod and line also results in devastating consequences for marine mammals and sea birds who swallow hooks or get hooked elsewhere or get tangled in lost and discarded fishing lines.
  • Janet Allan
    commented 2015-11-25 13:13:21 +1100
    Dear All
    Thank you for your responses.
    Fish hooked by a rod and line suffer excruciating pain. Their lips and mouth are extremely sensitive. When pulled out of the water they suffocate in much the same way we would when held under water.
    Why vegan summary
    People are vegan for 3 main reasons – health, the environment and cruelty to animals.
    People on a plant based diet reduce their chances of diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke and cancer, especially colon or bowel cancer.

    Meat eating is the most environmentally devastating human activity. Growing crops to fatten unfortunate animals for slaughter is the main cause of deforestation and the major user of water. Funneling food through animals is a very inefficient means of food production. If we eat the crops directly ourselves we only need to grow about one twentieth as much so we do less damage. Most of our crops go to keep the poor unfortunate animals alive.

    Then there is the cruelty.
    Virtually all farm animals are subjected to surgical procedures with not anaesthetic or post-operative care: mulesing, tail docking, castration, spaying, de-horning, de-beaking, branding, tooth pulling.
    In factory farms in Australia mother pigs are confined in metal cells so small they cannot even turn around. Piglets endure the agony of having their teeth clipped and tails cut off, while male piglets are castrated, all without pain relief.

    Eleven million laying hens are forced to spend their lives in a space smaller than an A4 sheet of paper, denied the ability even to spread their wings. Their beaks are painfully sliced through with a hot iron. Unwanted male chicks are ground up alive or gassed.

    488 million meat chickens are packed into sheds at 20 birds per square metre. Bred to grow at 3 times their natural rate, they suffer painful joint dislocations and broken legs. 2% of birds die from illness, trampling or being unable to reach food or water. The rest are slaughtered at just 6 weeks of age.

    If they survive the horrors of the farms and transportation, whether factory farmed, free range or organically reared, they are then slaughtered. In Australia the law requires stunning before slaughter. Common methods are:
    Captive bolt stunning – A metal rod is thrust into the brain. Shooting a struggling animal is very difficult and the rod often misses its mark.
    Electric stunning – An electric shock produces a grand mal seizure, then the throat is cut but insufficient amperage can cause an animal to be paralyzed without losing sensibility.
    Pigs are dunked in tanks of scalding water after they are stunned to soften their hides. A botched slaughter condemns some pigs to being both scalded and drowned. Under cover video tapes have shown pigs squealing and kicking as they are lowered into the scalding water.

    To induce paralysis in birds for ease of handling, electric stunning is normally used. It is now known whether stunning renders the birds unconscious. The shock may be an intensely painful experience. Large numbers of chickens, turkeys and ducks reach the scalding tanks alive.
    Janet Allan
  • Maria van der Voort
    commented 2015-11-25 12:51:42 +1100 This is the website of the owners of so called Geelong Star (they keep changing names of ships). This Dutch fishing multinational is owning most super trawlers around the world. Their website is full of lies and desception, the wreak havoc and destruction whereever they go, the Margiris was theirs too now sold to the Ukraine. We need to bombard these bastards too and not just the government. They’re sweeping our Southern oceans now and want to do it 24/7! This is the Australian fisheries authories who’ve granted the Geelong Star their permits to kill dolphins, seals, turtles and other marine species. We need to bombard them as well. Keep at it people, we’ve got to stop the repeat of what happened in the northern hemisphere and not trust polluticians to do it, they can’t be trusted to protect our land and marine environment like the Great Barrier Reef. They are in bed with big multinationals who give them favours and holidays and posh diners and what else???
    Protect our natural environments or what’s left, NOW!
  • Samantha Forsyth
    commented 2015-11-25 10:26:45 +1100
    Sorry, I don’t mean long line, which is also cruel. I mean old fashioned rod and reel one at a time.
  • Samantha Forsyth
    commented 2015-11-25 10:19:35 +1100
    I want our marine sea life to be safe in their own habitat. I do not wish to eat, nor need to eat, dolphins or seals, and so I do not want them being needlessly killed when we can fish using long lines. Also, we produce enough food to feed the whole world one and a half times over, but some of us are getting fat while others are starving. There is no need for this senseless slaughter and greater need to stop the greed and share what we already have.
  • Melanie Clark
    commented 2015-11-25 07:38:17 +1100
  • Cato Östmoe
    commented 2015-11-24 23:45:36 +1100
    It’s so important for us all
  • Cato Östmoe
    commented 2015-11-24 23:43:17 +1100
    We have to save our oceans and make sustainability for it all. Every living things in our oceans are depended of eachother, and the quality of the water. I’m only eating fish that are catch in sustainable way that are market safe, as far as I can do that. Hue knows! This overfishing must stop and also the fish farmers that emty our oceans of fish for feeding for example the sammon
  • kim michelle broderick
    commented 2015-11-24 22:21:00 +1100
    Please stop the dolphin deaths……
  • Remmert Schouten
    commented 2015-11-24 19:53:20 +1100
    There are many sound reasons to be against this, and cruelty is just one of them, overfishing and drastically swallowing whole ecosystems is probably the most important. Fish is a healthy part of our diet but these methods are not healthy.
    These methods happen elsewhere too, but do not let that sway anyone as an argument for competition – these should be stopped as well.
  • Miranda Howie
    commented 2015-11-24 19:18:42 +1100
    i am absolutely fed up by the mismanagement of Australian fisheries. The pelagic fisheries involved are small and no continued large take can possibly be sustainable. The current research is inadequate in terms of demonstrating that impacts on other biota that depend on the these fish would not be adversely impacted. It is a possibility that at least some of the take would wind up being used in the wasteful, polluting Atlantic salmon industry which is destroying Tasmanian waterways.
  • David Stevenson
    commented 2015-11-24 18:04:40 +1100
    We don’t need this
  • Maria van der Voort
    commented 2015-11-24 17:10:13 +1100
    How did the Geelong Star obtain the licences to sweep our southern oceans? Who allowed them? After the massive protests against supertrawler Margiris, you’d think our government or fishing authorities would think twice. Why haven’t they learned from what happened in Europe? Even the EU parliament had to appologize publictly for their mistakes of allowing overfishing in the Northsea, and the wrong fishing quotas where hundreds of tons of dead fish were thrown overboard. We don’t want this obscene and cruel and outright stupid practice to be repeated here. The Geelong Star (name changed again!) should never have been allowed to fish here. It’s criminal, it’s ecocidal and it goes from worse to worse. So not just a ban on night fishing, a ban on ALL supertrawlers NOW!
  • Janet Allan
    commented 2015-11-24 16:48:06 +1100

    While I support the Marine Park,I am very concerned about the Geelong Star super trawler operating in Australian waters. Fishing, even by ‘traditional" methods is one of the most cruel environmentally devastating human activities and it unsustainable globally. In 2001 commercial fishers caught around 40 million tons of fish worldwide and about the same quantity of non-target animals die horribly as well. Biochemically and structurally a fish’s nervous system closely resembles our own so they feel pain just as we would if we swallowed a barbed hook. Long line hooked fish may be impaled for a day with a swallowed hook tearing their insides to pieces. Fish caught in gillnets may take days to die or have their eyes, fins and scales eaten by sand fleas while they are still alive. Trawling causes fish to die in agony from decompression (the bends), often causing their airbladder to rupture, their eyes to pop out and their esophageus and stomach to be pushed out through their mouth. Increasingly fish are farmed where they suffer from being kept in filthy, overcrowded conditions and suffer from painful infections, causing haemorrhages, red, swollen and oozing gills, eroded skin and tails and fins and degeneration of internal organs. Most are starved before slaughter and dumped in water infused with carbon dioxide that is painful to breath or electrocuted painfully but many are still conscious when they are butchered.
  • justin labuschagne
    commented 2015-11-24 16:07:40 +1100
    Stop super fishing totally please. These animals can’t speak for them self and they die only so others can become rich
  • Euphausia Superba
    commented 2015-11-24 15:52:53 +1100
    Do not allow Super Trawlers in Australian waters.
  • Kathleen Taylor
    commented 2015-11-24 15:06:27 +1100
    We have to save the dolphins & seals from this irresponsible cruel way of fishing. Do not allow Super Trawlers in Australian waters