Help end cruel live export of sheep

Animal Welfare

Transporting sheep vast distances to be slaughtered in the Middle East is cruel.

There is no getting around it. The journeys are gruelling and sheep routinely die in terrible circumstances.

Footage aired on 60 Minutes Sunday 8th April shows this all too distressingly.

WA Minister for Agriculture Alannah MacTiernan is acting to improve animal welfare in WA, the state where most of the sheep are exported from. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has described the conditions on board the ship as ‘bullshit’ and stood up for the brave whistle blower who brought it to light.

Right now, these two ministers are the best hope for the millions of sheep that suffer live export cruelty. Please take a minute to let them know that if they take action they will have your support.

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Live transport is cruel – all animals are sentient and deserve kindness, even as part of the food trade.
Please stop this awful practice, and save these animals from a terrible fate.

How on earth are we to respect fellow countrymen if countries like yours treat animals like THIS??!!?!!
Stop this archaic, barbaric practice!!

Australia hang your head in shame. There is no need for live transport. Set up abattoirs in Australia and increase jobs

what makes you think the abattoirs are kinder. there is no humane if you have to kill a animal to feed your stomach you want humane and a kinder world so no animals have to suffer go vegan. we are taught from generations that meat is good for us stop being brainwash stop and smell the roses

Have you personally watched the video footage? If you haven’t you need to. When you have seen this you cannot but be appalled. This is beyond disgraceful. This is inhumane. This has to stop. Please, I urge you to do the right thing for these poor defenceless beings. Don’t let this happen again.

It is horrifying to see these animals suffering such severe cruelty. Unless a humane way can be found to transport our animals, the trade must be stopped

Surely the footage speaks for itself. Do we really want to be the type of people that is comfortable with animal suffering to that horrific extent?

Those animals that do survive the horror, face unspeakable cruelty after arrival.
Absolutely heart breaking
It must stop NOW

This is one of the most inhumane, cruel and disgusting acts.. the low life involved need to be locked up..

This is a barbaric practice- hard to believe that human beings can allow it to happen. Makes me sick to my core.

This barbaric treatment of sentient beings must stop. It’s horrific torture. This is 2018. We can and must do better. No animals should endure live export.

The live animal trade is beyond cruel and the federal government should have stopped it decades ago. We are constantly confronted with horrific tragedies that the industry tries to cover up and we all say stop the trade but nothing happens. It’s time the government bit the bullet and does what it should have done years ago, end it!

Lining the pockets of rich exporters while the poor sheep suffer beyond belief and die. Is this a way to treat any animal? From the fields to the death ships, wonderful! No I don’t think so- it is disgusting abhorrent cruel to the extreme and if must be stopped.
If the footage seen on 60 minutes doesn’t fail to put an end to live export then what will?

I made the decision to become a VEGAN in 1994 – I decided enough is enough of eating innocent Animals who mean us no harm.
Man was given Dominion over Animals & we are doing a superb job of Slaughtering ALL Animals to eat or for fun/hunting & we Destroying this Planet every minute of every day.
We don’t seem to understand what we are doing it will soon be too late to Save our only Home (Earth).
Respect – Compassion – Love
To all Animals

This morning like most Australians, after viewing the 60 minutes horrific story and footage on the inhumane, cruel and disgusting conditions and treatment of sheep bound for the middle east for live export are horrified, distraught and very angry.
The basic fundamentals of life and animal welfare, water, food and the ability to sleep or rest have been deprived these poor animals. They are cramped into unrealistic spaces created for greed and maximising the amount of animals with little care for their welfare. These are live, breathing and feeling animals that need water, food and the ability to sleep. The conditions are so cramped that most of these animals will never reach the water and feed troughs. They are forced to stand in their own excrement and the excrement of hundreds of others near them. Stand for 3 to 4 weeks without the ability to sleep or sit down for fear of being trampled to death. The condition of the poor animals who do survive cannot be healthy enough for consumption given the above comments. Also on the footage was images of dead lambs who were born aboard these death ships and trampled to death. Never being able to reach their mothers or suckle. The report also stated that lambs born onboard often have their throats slit. There are suppose to be restrictions that no pregnant sheep are put on board. Another oversight by the governing body and the greedy importers.
Sadly, also for those who are strong enough to survive the horrendous journey, are then unloaded onto a dock area where they are kept also in the heat and cramped conditions for heavens knows how long. No one seems to monitor how they are treated after they disembark the killing ships.
I am against all live exports and do not see the need for this cruel industry. The sheep in question could and should be humanly killed here in Australia and then the healthy, clean and refrigerated carcasses be sent overseas. This would solve all the problems, other countries practice this and their markets have not dwindled.
The vision of this suffering will haunt me for a very long time, and I believe that we were spared the worst footage due to it being too distressing. I have seen visions on social media of blood coming from sheep’s noses. Half dead animals being thrown into the sea. There comes a time when humanity, care and morality overcomes precious profits and dollars.
Emanuel Exports and its head Graham Daws shown last night living it up at the races have a lot to answer for and hopefully have to answer to same in the courts. I would also like to know why RSPCA inspectors cannot do more and insist on restricted numbers and no live exports at all into the middle east in the middle east summer months. These sheep are coming out of the winter in Australia, where they have their winter coats on, to be thrown into a humid 45C to 50C degree sweltering heat of the middle east. Many of them are not even spared the decency of shearing their wool off before being shipped. This is beyond cruel and barbaric and must cease. What the hell was the vet on board doing? He even left the ship on voyage 25 before the remaining live animals disembarked. I thought vets took an oath to care for animals welfare and to cease suffering. In the case of this Victorian vet
There are so many cases of animal cruelty here, we now need our elected politicians and animal welfare groups including the RSPCA to step up and change legislation to ensure that these cruel practices cease.
Robyn Waters


We are judged by the way we treat others and those more vulnerable as sre all animals. I believe that sentence says it all. So we can have elf respect, stop this torturous treatment now. Shame to those who are doing this. STOP this now.

All ships needs to be inspected all the time. And have independant people ie 12 or so to travell all of the trips. The would be called ” Sheep/Cattle Attendants” but must be qualified vets.

This disgraceful and vile trade cannot be allowed to continue. It must be banned without further delay if Australia is to retain any credibility at all in the field of animal welfare.

How can these politicians sleep at night.? The absolute sickening cruelty that has been going on for years.
How brave and kind the whistleblower is. He puts our greedy, indifferent politicians to shame.

The live trade of animals is nothing short of abomination, based on pure greed and economic profits. Shame on Australia and any country that continues such primitive and barbaric ‘trade’ of living beings. Time to end it is now.

Why would you allow this to happen to any animal??? Please stand up and take the right action, to prevent the cruelty & suffering of the live animal export. The time is NOW to end the cruelty.

Is Australia becoming a cold, callous money grabbing soulless country like china. What happened to animal welfare or does that get overlooked because of the money & the greed. There comes a time when compassion, ethics & the humane treatment of all living creatures becomes the light by which any society survives. I am ashamed to be Australian when this abhorrent atrocity is allowed to continue. Surely processing animals here & sending it overseas would also bring in the dollars & probably be cheaper to send.

I will not support a government that is not humane enough to stop the cruelty of live export of animals. Humane treatment of export animals is in your hands.

I cannot see why we do this, most of the sheep go to the middle east, a 4 week trip and when they get there they are slaughtered in ways that are illegal in Australia; we have 40 halal accredited abattoirs in Australia, why cant we use them and if the government assists in dropping the 5% tariff on frozen exports and changing things to assist farmers we should be able to do this, it must be stopped; it is a disgrace for Australia, not just the shipping but what happens to them when and if they survive the trip, the only answer is to put a stop to it; it must happen;

I will never again buy wool products. This is heinous. Australia step up to end these live transports now

Anyone with a heart must be horrified at the suffering of these gentle creatures. Stop the ships now .

Its about time HUMANS started to act in a manner which the word HUMAN signifies. Its appalling that GREED AND THE DOLLAR VALUE TAKES PRIORITY OVER THE WELL BEING OF A LIVING BEING. How any HUMAN can cause this much pain and suffering is beyond comprehension. NO ANIMAL DESERVES THIS. STOP LIVE EXPORT

Surely we as humans are more evolved than this? You can see the fear in the eyes of these beautiful beings. These archaic, cruel, vile and criminal practices says a lot about the humans who permit and participate in them. The people say NO!

Please honour the lives of those who nourish you. Treat them humanely as you would wish to be treated. Give our Ozzie sheep a fair go to live without pain. End live trade.

Please, please do what you must know is right. Humans have assumed dominance over all the creatures of this planet, to the point of causing the extinction of many species, mostly because of greed. It is little enough to limit the suffering of other animals that humans exploit for food. Unneccessary exploitation, as humans do not need to consume animal products for good health.
Do what is right, or at the very least, take a step in that direction by protecting other animals ( humans are animals too ) from unneccessary pain and terror.

Live export is totally unnecessary & illegal. How this behaviour cannot be considered animal cruelty at it’s worse is an insult to the law. It is time to overwhelm those responsible & never stop fighting to bring this barbaric trade to an end. Shame on you Australia.

cruelty is cruelty – it doesn’t matter what its form is or who the victims are. It is just so very WRONG

Live export is cruel. Time and time again we see there is absolutely no excuse for this disgraceful inhumanity. Stop live export. There is no reason to support it.

Please, those with the power to change this cruel and inhumane practice of shipping your sheep in abominable conditions: this is important and if you correct this situation, you will be amazed that you will be considered a Hero! Please, please, make changes

This is abominable cruelty. If an animal were subjected to this treatment in Australia you would expect the perpetrators to be prosecuted. But it appears to be okay when we load them onto a ship and send them to hell. Clearly humane conditions cannot be provided thus the animals should never be loaded onto the ships in the first place. The footage showing numerous dead and doomed lambs demonstrates they don’t worry about regulations forbidding the export of pregnant ewes either.

It is disgusting to see how these defenseless animals are treated so inhumanely! Please – this needs to stop now!!

You can choose to do nothing once you’ve seen the footage but you can never again say you didn’t know. We all have a duty of care towards the non-human beings under our stewardship and should never allow these and other atrocities.

This horrendously and callously cruel practice of Live Shipment is a degradation not just to the undeserving animals but to the humans that perpetrate and condone it. What a terrifying and ugly future is in store for a world devoid of compassion.

Il faut arrêter cette cruauté. Ces animaux souffrent pour que les hommes gagnent de l’argent. Si on était à leur place on appellerait ça une déportation inacceptable, insupportable. Rien ne justifie cela. L’ANIMAL EST UN ÊTRE SENSIBLE !

Animals feel pain, feel happiness,feel love, especially for their young. They are equal to us.
If humans can treat a defenceless animal in this appalling way,what is happening to mankind.
For the sake of humanity, for a better world, you must be a voice and help theses animals…we can only sign and protest…but YOU. Can stop it. Would you take your children to see this treatment of animals.? NO then stop,it please.

The sign of a civilised society is the way it treats it animals. We are no better than a developing nation in that respect and have learnt nothing in the last 200 years.

Please stop this unnecessary and cruel treatment of these animals who experience fear and feel pain the same way as we humans do.

When the human race allows this level of abuse and suffering to be inflicted on other sentient beings, it highlights how pathetic and monstrous the human race has become. Greed is ugly. Animal suffering is ugly.
You have the power to STOP THIS – one behalf of every ethical human, PLEASE BAN LIVE EXPORT.

Most people in Australia are ready to wear the consequences of this small-minded type of money-saving. Pretty sure that even many of the farmers supplying the sheep would be willing to lose some level of income to prevent this kind of cruelty.

Please have the courage to do what is right and take steps to stop our defenceless, harmless sheep and lambs from being sent on horrific voyages of pain, suffering and fear. Please – they are depending on you to END LIVE EXPORT NOW.

I have watched this cycle of the cruelty exposed, the government and the industry claiming they have rectified it and their lies being exposed over and over again for four decades. For 40 years I have marched, protested, written letters, talked on the radio and neither Liberal nor Labor have responded. Try voting for the Animal Justice Party in the Senate in the coming Federal Election. Getting a voice for animals in Parliament is the only thing that has not been tried yet.

I grew up hearing about Live Exports on the local ABC radio. At the time I was a teenager and thought that I was in some nightmare. I thought “this has to be joke; this can’t be real”. Twenty (20) years later and this horror continues. Daily. Live Exports are the tip of the Iceberg for our non-human animal friends. The abuse and violence committed against these gentle, sentient beings rages every day. I pray that the animal rights movement is indeed the next emancipation movement- that generations will look back in disbelief at our exploitation like we do now on slavery and women’s rights. Change cannot come soon enough for these souls.

Please have compassion for the plight of these animals. We are the stewards of this planet, we are failing our obligation.

I became a vegan purely for this reason. I could no longer stick my head in the sand and ignore the fact that this horrific cruelty towards these beautiful animals existed. Something must be done to stop the barbaric treatment of all livestock, and it must be done sooner rather than later.

It is horrifying to see these animals suffering such severe cruelty. All Animals even ones in the food chain should be treated with kindness and respect
Unless a humane way can be found to transport our animals, the trade must be stopped


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