Cattle truck Fremantle
Sheep truck Fremantle
Trucks Fremantle port
Ships Fremantle Port
Roped steer Mauritius 2013
Sheep to slaughter Jordan 2014
Fremantle Rally October 2012
This is why we're still here, and why we will BE here as long as this trade in suffering continues.
Six years ago today, Australians watched in horror and disbelief, the hell of slaughter in several Indonesian slaughterhouses that Australia supplied with cattle.
An investigation undertaken by Lyn White from Animals Australia and then replicated by ABC Four Corners crew with Sarah Ferguson, saw animals being tripped, kicked, beaten, whipped, having their eyes gouged, their tails broken and all of them having their throats cut whilst fully conscious, many taking minutes to bleed out.
We also saw 'Tommy' shaking in terror as he watched his friends being slaughtered and dismembered in front of him: https://vimeo.com/24319651
Image: Animals Australia
What made this even worse than you could possibly imagine, is that the live export industry KNEW this was happening, describing it in their very own report. That no one acted on this information and attempted to stop this treatment was the catalyst for Animals Australia to blow the lid off what was happening in Indonesia.
The then-ruling Labor Government saw fit to suspend the trade of all live cattle to Indonesia; within days, hundreds of thousands of Australians had signed a petition to end live export forever. Gillard and the Labor Party had the perfect opportunity and a mandate, to take a stand and to make history, and commit to phasing out the trade, but they failed to seize the opportunity.
Six years on, Indonesia is a better place for most cattle to end up in, with stunning rates having increased from around 10% back then to (according to industry) 90% now. But since then, we have also seen horrors emerge from nearly every country we export live animals to:
Indonesia again in 2012, despite industry promises: http://www.banliveexport.com/t…/indonesia-new-evidence-2012/
Dairy cattle and calves in Qatar 2012: http://www.banliveexport.com/…/forgotten-animals-of-live-e…/
Pakistan 2012: http://www.banliveexport.com/…/forgotten-animals-of-live-e…/
Israel 2012: http://www.banliveexport.com/israel
Mauritius 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/…/mauritius-live-export-debacl…
Kuwait (again) 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/take…/kuwait-cruelty-continues/
Egypt 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/egypt
Malaysia 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/take_ac…/malaysia-goat-cruelty/
Lebanon 2013 (we don't even export to Lebanon): http://www.banliveexport.com/…/lebanon-investigation-june-2…
Israel (again) 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/take_ac…/disembarkation-cruelty
Kuwait (again) 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/t…/kuwait-sheep-sold-illegally/
Jordan (again) 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/…/sheep-suffer-in-street-slaug…
Mauritius 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/beyondwords
Gaza 2013: http://www.banliveexport.com/gaza/
Jordan (again) 2014: http://www.banliveexport.com/tak…/jordan-sheep-january-2014/
Jordan (again) 2014: http://www.banliveexport.com/take_ac…/jordan-sheep-may-2014/
Kuwait (again) 2014: http://www.banliveexport.com/…/more-sheep-cruelty-kuwait-j…/
Several countries during Eid al-Adha in 2014: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/…/festival-of-sacrifice-20…/
Israel (again) 2015: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/…/israel-live-export-inves…/
Kuwait (again) 2015: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/crisis-in-kuwait
Several countries during Eid al-Adha in 2015: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/festival-of-sacrifice-2015
Vietnam (again) 2015: https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/…/stop-sledgehammering…/
Several countries during Eid al-Adha in 2016: https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/…/festival-of-sacrif…/au
Animals Australia goes global (Animals International) and exposes baby animals being exported from Romania: https://www.animalsinternational.org/tak…/romania-animal/int
and shines a light on the global trade (Australia is not the only country smeared with blood and drowning in shame: https://www.animalsinternational.org/ta…/live-export-global/
On top of the suffering in importing countries, there were also the on board deaths, illnesses and disasters - animals dying long, slow, painful deaths from starvation, respiratory illnesses and salmonellosis, or dying of heat stroke - in 2013, more than 4,000 Australian sheep died on board the Bader III in 30 minutes during an "unexpected heat event" in the Gulf during summer - they literally cooked from the inside out.
Imagine how many millions of animals could have been spared unimaginable suffering, had the government of the day seized the opportunity to end a trade that a majority of Australians want to see ended - a trade that subjects animals to unnecessary pain and suffering, whilst sending Aussie jobs overseas.
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Addressed to PM Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce and Julie Bishop.
Prevent the export of live cattle to China; delay the opening up of new live markets until the current ones are meeting animal welfare standards that would be acceptable in Australia and ongoinganimal welfare breaches are addressed and prevented.
This government and the regulatory requirements they have implemented for the live animal trade (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)), fail to ensure good animal welfare outcomes in markets that take only a several thousand head of cattle per year (e.g. Mauritius) - how does it expect to ensure good animal welfare outcomes to a country taking 1 million head? Even if it was plausible, "good animal welfare outcomes" to this government, include animals having their throats cut whilst fully conscious. If animals are to be exported live from Australia, they MUST at least face handling and slaughter practices at or better than Australian standards that those animals would be handled and slaughtered under here.
Voyages to China last on average 19 days, with many lasting over three weeks, and one voyage from Fremantle/Portland to Lianyungang in July 2011 lasting 37 days.
Whilst the average mortality rate for cattle on these voyages is 0.15%, one 17 day voyage from Portland to Tianjin in Mar 2014 had a mortality rate of 2.04% or 49 of the 2400 cattle on board having to be euthanased due to injuries from bad weather. These figures are for breeding cattle, invariably worth more in dollar value than slaughter cattle, so it is safe to assume that care taken would likely be less for those animals with a lower monetary value.
China has an horrific record when it comes to animal welfare, most notably for dogs; if animals considered "companion" animals are treated by so many, so horrifically, how does that bode for "food" animals.
We demand that the Australian government stops exporting live animals to countries that have no animal welfare laws, standards or codes of practice and where we realistically have no control over how those animals are handled or slaughtered. Continuing to export animals to countries that have no animal welfare laws sends a very strong message that we don't take animal welfare seriously and that we condone the abuse we regularly see animals subjected to in importing countries.
Stop Live Exports
Stop Live Exports is committed to ending the export of live animals for slaughter.
Live Exports, Cruel and Unnecessary
Australia currently exports approximately three million live animals (mostly cattle and sheep, but also buffalo, goats, deer and camels) for slaughter every year; around sixty percent of those will have their throats cut whilst fully conscious and many will be subjected to handling and treatment that would be illegal here.
We believe there is a way forward that will not only not disadvantage Australian jobs or farmers, but will actually create more jobs, be beneficial for the economy and most importantly, reduce animal suffering and cruelty.
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