Ask Your MP to End Shameful Live Export
Image Credit: Anonymous for Animal Rights, Israel
Every year, Australia exports millions of live animals to Middle Eastern countries, where there are virtually no laws in place to protect them. Over the past 30 years, Australia has crammed more than 200 million animals onto filthy multilevel cargo ships, and more than 2.5 million of them were trampled to death or died from dehydration, starvation, or disease en route.
Those who do survive the grueling journey, which may last days or even weeks, often face abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in Australia. Animals are often roughly dragged from ships and thrown onto trucks and into cars. Most of them will have their throats cut while they are still conscious, even though stunning is allowed under the rules of halal slaughter. Muslim countries require that animals be slaughtered according to halal regulations, but numerous slaughterhouses in Australia possess halal certification, rendering live export completely unnecessary and indefensible.
Undercover video footage showing terrible abuse of animals has been filmed in numerous destinations. Disease on board ships is common. Live export is bad for both animals and the environment, with the live-export trade ranking as one of Australia's top 40 carbon-dioxide emitters. From the moment animals leave the farm, the journey to slaughter takes a heavy toll on the environment. Cattle and sheep may be transported thousands of kilometers by truck, and the empty ships traveling back to Australia to collect their next load create even more greenhouse-gas emissions.
There is simply no humane way to transport tens of thousands of animals on cramped, filthy ships, often in the searing heat, on journeys lasting several weeks.
PETA and our affiliates have protested live export in both Australia and the Middle East, petitioned ministers for change, and also met with activists in Australia and the Middle East to inspire them to take action against the cruel voyages—but they need your help to bring this terrible trade to an end.
Use the form below to ask your MP to help end live export.
Please also send a polite letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott