Demand An End to Cruel Live Export
The latest heartbreaking expose of the live export industry shows the
horrifying conditions endured by nearly 64,000 sheep sent from Fremantle to the
Middle East last August. Approximately 2,400 of those sheep died from heat
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the footage,
provided by Animals Australia, left him “shocked and gutted”. But the deaths of
so many on board live export ships are not unusual.
Every year, Australia
exports millions of live animals to countries in the Middle East, a gruelling
trip across the Indian Ocean, sometimes in searing heat, that may take weeks.
More than 200 million animals have been crammed onto filthy cargo ships over
the last 30 years, and more than 2.5 million of them have been trampled to
death or died from dehydration, starvation or disease.
The suffering does not end for those who survive. There are virtually
no laws in place in the Middle East to protect these animals, and they often
are subjected to abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in this
country. Investigators have seen animals being roughly dragged from ships,
sometimes by their legs. Many are thrown into trucks and cars, and most of them
have their throats cut with blunt or inappropriate knives—while they are still
Not only is live export bad for animals, it's also bad for the
environment. The live-export trade is one of the top 40 CO2 emitters in
Australia. Cattle and sheep may be transported thousands of kilometers by
truck, while the empty ships journeying back to Australia to collect their next
load account for further emissions.
refusing to end live export ships during the hottest months of the year, the
government is facilitating the suffering and deaths of sensitive, gentle
animals. Make sure Federal Agriculture Minister David
Littleproud knows it by sending him a letter via the form below.