With only three days to go until the Olympics, we have created a new world record on Australian soil
World record in Australia
To launch the biggest stage yet of our Humane Chain campaign, we gathered hundreds of Australians in Martin Place in Sydney this morning, who helped us break the World Record for the most people to ever stand up, simultaneously with their arms linked. The previous Guinness World Record was 45 people.
The record attempt was attended by Olympic gold and silver medallist Brooke Hanson and Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Clover Moore
Brooke Hanson, Olympic gold and silver medallist, said: “With the Olympic Games on the horizon, it delights me that Australians are embracing the Olympic fever… and for such an important cause! To smash this record really shows that Australians have joined me in standing up for animals and hoping that Australia moves towards the alternatives to live export”.
The record comes on the same day that new research commissioned by WSPA has shown that 12.4 million Australians (74% of respondents) claim that they are more likely to vote for a political candidate who promised to end live animal export. Almost four in five (78%) Australians believe live export is cruel.
Stand up for Animals campaign
With such strong popular support for the issue, the record-breaking event took place to launch the ‘Stand Up for Animals’ campaign, an in-store partnership between WSPA and The Body Shop. The campaign will demonstrate to the government, Australians and the world that live exports have not gone away… and neither have we!
The partnership will be in 90 stores across Australia from 30 July – 19 August. Head to your local Body Shop store and sign a little orange person, to join a chain to be delivered to a local MP, and then presented to Federal Government at the end of the campaign.