Tell the Australian High Commission: I support a ban on live export

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Live export is cruel and unnecessary. It is controversial all around the world, perhaps nowhere more so than in Australia, where live export shipments have repeatedly been publically exposed for the animal suffering they cause.

Australia’s live export industry is condemning animals to suffer horrific conditions even before they reach destination countries, as has been revealed by a shocking new investigation [warning: graphic footage] released by Animals Australia.

More than 4,000 sheep died in five routine shipments aboard the Awassi Express headed to Gulf Countries. The footage, filmed by a courageous trainee navigation officer and released by Animals Australia, shows sheep dying, many covered in excrement, amongst others who had already died. Pregnant ewes had given birth in appalling conditions, with their lambs dying. Vessel records show that the water temperature was 41 degrees Celsius during one shipment, which together with high air temperatures and radiant heat from the vessel’s engines, all create an oven-like environment which can cause the sheep trapped in the hold to cook alive.

More than 45 Animals Australia investigations have taken place. They have revealed that in destination countries, many animals endure routine abuse and brutal slaughter in places where laws do not protect them from cruelty. Most animals who are exported live for slaughter have their throats cut while fully conscious. Recorded deaths show that millions more have died at sea, even before reaching their destination.

SAFE is urging both New Zealand and Australian governments to take action to protect animal welfare across Australasia and commit to ending all live export of farmed animals.

Please email the Australian High Commission in Wellington.


SAFE is grateful for the work of Animals Australia, who have been working for decades to expose the huge animal welfare issues of live export.