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May, 2006


CAIRO (Reuters) - An activist dressed as a sheep, under the watchful eye of Egyptian security, presented a large bouquet of flowers to the Australian embassy in Cairo on Sunday as part of a campaign for a ban on live animal exports.

Jason Baker, director of Asia Pacific for the animal rights PETA, gave the flowers to consular officer Andrew Macksey to thank the Australian government for the temporary ban it imposed in February after a film showed animal abuse in Egypt.

"For once they (Australia) have made the right decision. Live exports of animals should now be banned permanently," Baker told reporters outside the embassy later.

The film, shot at Egyptian ports and abattoirs, shows sheep and cattle dragged off ships by their legs and ears and later slaughtered within sight of other animals.

After the film appeared on Australian television, the Australian government sent a veterinary officer to investigate.

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