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For decades, Australians have been calling for an end to live-animal exports, and now, after recent footage was released showing the horrifying conditions endured by animals sent to the Middle East, we're closer than ever to stopping these boats crammed full of sheep from leaving our shores.
© Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
Every year, Australia exports millions of live animals to countries in the Middle East, subjecting them to a gruelling trip across the Indian Ocean, sometimes in searing heat, that may take weeks. Many die from dehydration, starvation, or disease – others are trampled to death in the crush of bodies.
The suffering doesn't end for those who survive the journey at sea. There are virtually no laws in place in the Middle East to protect these animals, and they're often subjected to abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in this country. Investigators have seen animals being roughly dragged from ships and thrown into trucks and cars, and most often, their throats are cut while they're still conscious.
Your local member of parliament has the potential to change the fate of millions of sheep. The Australian Senate has passed legislation that would phase out live sheep exports within five years. Now this bill needs support in the House of Representatives in order to become law.
Every vote counts. Please speak out against this cruelty by asking your local MP to support this legislative initiative to end live exports.