Help end the live export trade

In October 2014, Animals Australia deployed investigators in the largest coordinated live export investigation in history. The ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is an international religious festival — but the cruelty that has come to be associated with it has nothing to do with religion. For decades, the live export industry has capitalised on this time of year when live animals are sold and ‘sacrificed’ en masse. Live animals exported from Australia were beaten, whipped, stabbed, and brutally killed. Australian laws are supposed to prevent this. But with the Australian Government yet to lay charges against any live export company — despite ongoing evidence of breached regulations — it inevitably happened all over again.

After horrendous cruelty was exposed by Animals Australia 12 months ago, live exporters were ‘forbidden’ to send animals back into Gaza. Yet this is exactly where our investigators found this terrified bull, and countless others, after thousands were trafficked across the border from Israel.

In Jordan, Australian regulations have been flouted for the second consecutive year. Gentle Australian sheep were illegally sold for ‘sacrifice’, bound, dragged through the streets, stuffed in car boots and subjected to a frightening and painful death.

The only way to reduce suffering of animals during the Festival of Sacrifice is to reduce the number of animals sold for slaughter. Instead, Australia’s live export industry chooses to ‘cash in’ on this lucrative period, and year after year sends as many animals as possible to countries where laws do not protect them from cruelty.

If live export regulations cannot stop animal welfare atrocities from continuing, the answer is simple: the live export trade must end.

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How can we help?

These animals were not only failed by the callous and corrupt industry that profits from them. They were also failed by the Australian Government. But you can help change that. Don’t let the Australian Government remain complicit in crimes against animals. Make your voice heard today!


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One response to “Help end the live export trade”

  1. Sue says :

    It is absolutely appalling that a government would continue to support this industry. More than 86% of Australians are totally opposed to this industry. The government chooses to champion an industry based on cruelty, blood money. The government should be the champion of the Australian people, not industry. There was a Senate enquiry in 1985 that found that this industry should be phased out because of the inherent cruelty based on the voyage and also indicated that animals were not slaughtered humanely. 29 years later and nothing has changed other than the public are now aware of what happens to these animals. Industry threatens and intimidates people they feel are too active in trying to stop this industry, lives have been threatened. This is how deeply disturbed this industry is. What government and industry fail to recognise is that all the evidence will not fall back into a dark hole. This industry will end…it may take time but we are not going anywhere soon.

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