Live Exports May Stop After World Witnesses Animal Cruelty In Australia
In August 2017, on a routine and well-traveled journey of sheep being exported from Fremantle, Australia, to the Middle East, a whistleblower had had enough and started to film the horrific conditions that the population were not exposed to prior, and handed the footage over to Animals Australia. The public outcry was swift and loud. Live exports may stop after the world witnesses the horrific animal cruelty in Australia.
While over three million sheep are exported from Australia every year, it was unknown previously that the majority of them never make it to their destination. Especially due to appalling conditions of their months’ long journey, tantamount to torture, of heatstroke, poor ventilation, unsuitable food and lack of water.
Now, the Australia Labor party has called for a ban on all live exports of sheep overseas. It is highlighted by the fact, that they already have in place a ban on exporting to Indonesia after another investigation exposed the same conditions, and ending with animal cruelty conditions within Indonesian abattoirs.
“[W]e see no future for the live sheep export trade,” said the agriculture spokesman for Labor, Joel Fitzgibbon. If elected, the party intends to implement a ban on the export of live sheep.
Animal Activists Pledge Support To Farmers
Animals Australia, which has led the charge to end the trade, having gone to great lengths to obtain footage of the conditions livestock were experiencing on some ships, and the RSPCA had each offered to contribute half a million dollars to help with a transition away from the trade.
RSPCA chairman Gary Humphries said the fund was a case of the welfare groups “putting our money where our mouth is” to aid in stopping live exports and ending animal cruelty in Australia.
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“We are prepared to put money in to make sure that farmers are not left in the lurch as these inevitable adjustments take place,” he said.
Show Your Support
The website, Ban Live Export, has over two hundred and ninety thousand in online support to help end live sheep exports and stop this cruelty. Their website, shows the extent of suffering the sheep have to endure on their journey and how you can support to help end it.
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