Join with Animals Australia and help ban live exports of animals

The story so far

Every year millions of Australian animals are exported live for slaughter. Those who survive the journey often endure brutal treatment and conscious slaughter. Australia leads the world in animal welfare practices and the Department of Agriculture states that “The Australian Government does not tolerate cruelty towards animals and will not compromise on animal welfare standards. Our ongoing involvement in the livestock export trade provides an opportunity to influence animal welfare conditions in importing countries.”

Australia is the only country that requires specific animal welfare outcomes for livestock exports, but despite the laws and requirements, shocking cruelties still occur in many countries through the live export trade.

Animals Australia works to ban live exports

Since 2003, Animals Australia has conducted numerous investigations into the treatment of animals exported from Australia. The evidence from investigations in the Middle East and South East Asia has consistently revealed the willingness of Australia’s live export industry to export live animals despite appalling cruelty in importing markets.

Breaking news in Gaza

In late 2013, alarming cruelty was filmed at the Festival of Sacrifice in Gaza. The exporter in question had been previously exposed for breaches in Jordan, and so despite an investigation into the matter, Animals Australia remained concerned that the abuses would continue. Then, in early 2014, Animals Australia engaged a local investigator who discovered evidence that Australian cattle were still being brutally abused.

Australia’s response

Animals Australia reported the abuse to the Australian Government, and the good news is that the Australian Government has ceased granting export permits to Gaza. Unfortunately, the animals that were en route at the time may have ended up in the slaughterhouses of Gaza.

“The truth is that nobody — not live exporters, nor the Australian government — can guarantee that animals in the live export trade won’t be brutally killed. It doesn’t have to be this way. Live export is valued at only 0.3 percent of national exports. And most sheep and cattle farmers aren’t involved with the industry. Not only that — a phase out of this cruel trade will create more jobs for Australians and benefit the economy.” – Animals Australia

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Animals Australia, as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

Take action

Take action today, and help spare an animal from suffering this brutal fate. Ask your MP to support a phase out of live exports — for jobs, for the economy, and most importantly, for the animals.

http://www.banliveexport.com/gaza

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