SUPPORTERS of both sides of the live export debate were well behaved as they staged counter-rallies in Western Australia today.
Farmers, breeders and live export industry workers held a 'Support Live Export' rally in Fremantle, while at the same time, the 'Stop Live Export' protestors formed a human chain across Stirling Highway bridge near the Fremantle harbour in a counter-demonstration, Perth Now reports.
WA Farmer's Federation spokesperson Steven Glover said their rally was a huge success after at least 1000 supporters of the live trade export turned out today.
"There are bus loads of farmers and supporters from all over the state here. Everybody has been given a placard whether you're a farmer or a farmer's daughter we are all here because we believe in our cause,'' he said.
Mr Glover said that the WA Farmer's Federation supported the live exports industry and would do everything to keep it going.
"If you ban live exports you affect most farmers around the country,'' he said.
A police spokeswoman said the peaceful demonstrations attracted about 2000 people.
"All the supporters were well behaved, no arrests were made, however two traffic infringements were issued and two move on notices,'' she said.
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