Teen hopes to stop live exports
A 15-YEAR-OLD Peregian Beach schoolgirl is rallying the next generation of animal activists in outrage after Indonesia's killing floors were exposed last week.
Chloe Brisk was one of countless Australians horrified to witness footage of cattle being tortured and abused before they were slaughtered on the ABC's Four Corners program on Monday.
The teenager, who became vegetarian two years ago, believes the only way forward is to ban live exports and has already acquired 200 signatures on her petition.
"I don't usually watch the program but I watched it on the internet," said Chloe, who is an activist with Animals Australia, the nation's second largest national animal protection agency.
The not-for-profit organisation, the RSPCA and advocacy group Get Up! began a nationwide television campaign to ban the export of live animals last night.
The government has temporarily suspended live cattle exports to almost a dozen Indonesian abattoirs and has ordered a review.
A similar ban to Egypt was made in 2006 after cruelty concerns but was lifted two years later.
Chloe, who spoke to her class on the topic on Friday, will address more than 400 of her fellow students at assembly tomorrow.
"After I spoke, people said they had no idea just how bad the problem was," she said.
She and mother Liza are a strong force in the Brisk household of four.
While father Andrew and younger brother Nicholas, 10, admire the girls' efforts from afar, the duo is using their voices to raise awareness.
Liza, also a vegetarian, silences any critics who suggest she is
passing her own ideals on to her daughter.
"I don't think you have to push on anyone that this eye-gouging torture of animals being kicked and whipped in chains is wrong," Mrs Brisk said.
"If you are a caring, loving human being then you can't help but let this get into your soul.
"I'm glad my daughter is doing something."
People who wish to add their voice to the ban of live exports can go to www.animalsaustralia.org and follow the links.