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From the very first investigations into cruel, unregulated slaughter in 2006 to the gut-wrenching exposé of heat-stricken sheep gasping for air while lying in piles of their melting faeces aboard the Awassi Express, which aired on national television in 2018, it’s been clear that the live-export industry causes immeasurable animal suffering.
Now, in 2021, despite a decade of attempted regulation and review by the government, a PETA Asia investigation in Indonesia showing Australian cattle being butchered while their legs were still moving has yet again prompted international outrage.
Every year, Australia sends millions of live cattle and sheep on hellish journeys to Asia and the Middle East, forcing them to endure a gruelling trip across thousands of kilometres – 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 endured prolonged suffering before dying from dehydration, starvation, or disease.
The misery doesn’t end for those who survive the journey. There are virtually no laws to protect animals in the countries they’re sold to, and they’re often subjected to abuse and methods of slaughter that are illegal in Australia.
The Australian government has squandered time, taxpayer money, and animals’ lives by condoning a merciless and mercenary industry that Australians have long known must end. Please call on federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud to take action by sending him a letter via the form below. .
Please call on federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud to take action by sending him a letter via the form below.