Demand An End to Cruel Live Export

More than 30 sheep and cattle died recently when the live export ship carrying them was stranded for more than a week in Fremantle port. Their deaths 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.

Cow on Australian Live Export Ship

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 conscious.

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.

By refusing to end live export, the government is facilitating the suffering and deaths of sensitive, gentle animals. Make sure Malcolm Turnbull knows it by sending him a letter via the form below.


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