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The last live-export ship has sailed from Aotearoa (New Zealand), and the country has officially called time on the cruel industry.
Now all eyes are on Australia to follow suit.
The Australian government announced it would ban live-sheep exports, but it won’t commit to a timeline, stating only that a phase-out won’t happen within its first term of government. A three-year (or longer) phase-out on an industry with a decades-long record 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.