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UPDATE 8 JUNE 2022: The new Australian government has announced it will ban live sheep exports.
This is welcome news, but the government has not committed to a timeline, stating only that it won’t happen within its first term of government. A three-year (or longer) phase-out on an industry with decades-long records of cruelty is far too long – plus, the government would need to be re-elected in order to fulfil the promise.
And of course, sheep are not the only victims of this cruel trade.
A 2021 PETA Asia investigation in Indonesia found Australian cattle being improperly stunned and killed in the most painful, abhorrent ways. The footage shows that despite a government assurance scheme, cruelty is systemic in the industry.
A series of Australian governments have squandered time, taxpayer money, and animals’ lives by condoning a merciless and mercenary industry that Australians have long known must end.
Please call on the federal Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt to phase out all live exports within this term of government.