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Action Alert - Live Export Trade      
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October 12, 2007

Stop the live animal export trade
New footage obtained by Animals Australia, and aired on the ABC The 7.30 Report on 12th October 2007, has once again highlighted the atrocious cruelty of the live animal export industry. Filmed in four countries in the Middle East, where almost 5 million Australian sheep, cattle, and goats are exported in a trade worth nearly $1 billion dollars, this footage, most of it too disturbing to be aired during the television report, documented horrid acts of cruelty and disregard for animal welfare.

Considered by a representative of Meat and Livestock Australia to be ' ' ¦the worst footage of animal cruelty I think I've ever seen' , it is time this archaic practice of sending living animals overseas, in abhorrent conditions, to be slaughtered barbarically, is ended immediately.

Animals Australia launched the investigation following the resumption of Australian live exports to Egypt, previously suspended after revelations of the barbaric treatment of animals. Since then, the Australian Government has insisted that their involvement with importing countries, coupled with a recent Memorandum of Understanding and international guidelines for the treatment of animals, has reduced cases of animal cruelty.

This new footage shows that this is clearly not the case. The Federal Government needs to act now and ban this cruel practice once and for all.

Action:

 

Act as soon as possible

Write to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Peter McGauran MP, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 or by email to Peter.McGauran.MP@aph.gov.au, and the Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Kerry O'Brien, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 or by email to file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Danielle/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLK1E1/senator.obrien@aph.gov.au.

  • Call on the Liberal and Labor Parties to commit to an immediate ban on the export of live animals as part of their election policies for the upcoming federal election.
  • Stress that continuing to export animals to countries that so blatantly contravene the standards set for the humane treatment of animals is undermining international efforts to stop animal cruelty.
  • Highlight that slaughtering practices according to Islamic law, which were previously used as an excuse for the live export industry, have been accommodated by Australian abattoirs, and therefore removes the necessity to export live animals. Furthermore, processing the meat in Australia and exporting it frozen will not only benefit the livestock, but also increase the number of industry jobs at home.





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