The national day of action, supported by the RSPCA and Animals Australia, follows ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday which exposed brutal practices in 11 slaughterhouses.
Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Tuesday suspended shipments to the 11 abattoirs pending an investigation.
Some members of the Labor caucus want a ban of all live cattle exports to the country and independent MP Andrew Wilkie has backed that view.
Mr Wilkie and fellow independent senator Nick Xenophon launched a radio campaign with the lobby group GetUp to ban live exports on Thursday.
“Our view is that there should be an immediate moratorium on the shipment of cattle to Indonesia,” Mr Wilkie told Sky News.
“We believe that within three years the live export trade from Australia should be wound up.
He admitted there would be a short-term jolt to Australian producers if cattle exports to Indonesia ceased, but the decision would be on ethical grounds.
“The welfare of tens of thousands of Australian head of livestock, be they cattle or sheep, their welfare is much more important in the short term than the industry, jobs and money,” he said.
West Australian Labor MP Melissa Parke tabled a petition by 40,000 Australians calling for an end to live animal exports in federal parliament on Thursday.
Eighty percent of Australia’s live sheep exports and 25 percent of its live cattle exports pass through the port of Fremantle.
Ms Parke said the petition, sent via Animals Australia, was “calling for an end to live animal exports to the Middle East”.
She said the same sentiment applied to more recent calls for bans on cattle exports to Indonesia which she supported.
The end of live exports would boost domestic jobs with the processing of the animals done here rather than offshore, Mr Wilkie said.
“We should be processing these beasts in Australia,” he said.
“We should be shipping the meat offshore as frozen boxed meat.
“That’s how we will employ many, many more Australians.”
The RSPCA said the federal government was “complicit” in the cruelty of cattle exports to Indonesia.
The protest events are scheduled to be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth on Saturday, June 18.