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Four Corners - The Shocking Truth behind the Live Export Industry

If you were shocked along with the rest of Australia regarding the treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia, this is your time to get involved.  We have outlined some easy things you can do. Our Campaign Manager is standing by to help, so please feel free to contact Jodie on

1. Contact the Prime Minister

Let Julia Gillard know that you think this treatment of Australian animals is completely unacceptable and you want the see the trade in cattle to Indonesia suspended immediately along with an overall end date to live animal exports.  The most powerful way to be heard is an individually written letter.  Please feel free to ask for help with this.  The PM's contact details are:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House

Send an instant message to the PM here

2. Contact your Federal and State MP

Please also contact your State and Federal MP!

If you live in WA, contact your State MP.  You can find a listing of MP contact details here.

You can find a listing of Federal MP contact details here

In your letter, to avoid a standard response that is generated by a computer, be sure to ask specific questions. Questions could include asking about Government spending on live exports, how they could possibly trust anything the industry says and what is being done about local jobs.  Please ask us for help.

3. Social Media

Please use Twitter (#BanLiveExport) and Facebook to get the message out there to all your friends and family.

4. Dedicated Animals Australia and RSPCA Website

Check out the dedicated website put together by Animals Australia and RSPCA here

6. Join the Get Up Campaign

7. Stay in Touch

Join up to our newsletter (we only send 1-2 per month about how to help, events and heaps more) by clicking here or stay in touch via Facebook. You can also unsubscribe at any time.

8. Join Us

You can help keep the campaign in alive in WA by becoming a member of Stop Live Exports, a grass-roots group that has been campaigning for an end to this trade for many years! We have a huge volunteer base that is getting the message out to the community, media and politicians. Click here to join. A good strong membership sends a message to decision makers that this is an important issue.

If you missed Four Corners, it will be replayed on Tuesday 31st May ay 11.35pm and Saturday 4th June at 8pm on ABC News 24.   You can also see a replay at

Thank you

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  • Mary-Lynn Turner Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I could'nt watch all of the footage --- to say it was too distressing and horrific is an understatement What i viewed was
    enough!! Needless to say my heart when out to those cows--- the bellowing,you could hear their pain and disbelief as to what was happening to them

  • Andrea Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    It is time to step up everyone and demand the change, together we must support the RSPCA, Animals Australia and the Stop Live Exports team. The Government has been reviewing process for too long. It is time to demand action. No living creature should suffer cruelty but what has been exposed is beyond imagination - cruel, barbaric and with the right course of action can be stopped, should be stopped. All ships leaving our ports should be stopped immediately. Enough is enough.
    Thank you everyone in each of these organisations for what you have done to help these beautiful creatures. May their suffering end soon.

  • Lara Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I asked several farmers I knew why they needed to send their livestock for live export, their responses were all the same: 'we don't care what happens to them, we get more money for selling them to live export'. These were NOT the so called 'struggling farmers'; they were all extremely well-off financially. Effectively they have made a good income from the suffering of animals and have no regrets of their actions.If the government does not put an end to this cruel practise of live export, nothing will change and the cruelty and suffering of these poor animals will continue and the greedy farmers will not stop.

  • Ivan Radovanovich Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    You can't forgive the unforgivable. I am in total disbelief that there are MPs in WA that are fully aware that this is happening and are doing nothing to stop it. Thats unforgivable. So the thriving WA economy has been built not only on mining but animal cruelty of an unimaginable magnitude. Shame on you WA.

  • Michele Sang Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I thank Lyn White and others who have had the courage to witness and to expose this horrific cruelty and suffering inflicted on Australian animals. It sickens me to be associated in any way with what has been happening for so long and I want it to end NOW.

  • Carole Seth Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I can't write anything, just crying tears of shame. Pleas stop this cruel practise now. How can we call ourselves HUMAN!!!

  • Desiree Palmer Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I was horrified by what I saw. How can we as supposedly educated people allow this to happen. It must stop now, immediately, and the "people in the know" must be held accountable.
    I am ashamed to belong to the Human Race.

  • Theresa Marie Thomas Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    Any person with good moral standards would know that this practice is just plain wrong. Stand up Australia and do the right thing.

  • Chris Stevens. Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I feel ashamed to call myself an Australian after I witnessed the disgusting treatment inflicted on our live export animals being slaughtered in Indonesia. This is done to appease the Moslems and it instills a hatred in me to anything Moslem. To make matters worse, our governments have been fully aware of what goes on for over ten years. This makes them as bad as the illiterate Indonesians. Australia has no option than to install a total ban on all live exports. I am speaking as a retired cattle farmer. It is not just the slaughter that is horrendous, but the way these animals are shipped. This in itself should have been banned, through the cruelty inflicted during transport. If we want jobs for Australians, have all these products processed in Australia under humane conditions. I still feel sick at what was shown and must compliment the people that have brought this to the public.

  • Jennifer Jellicoe Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    As a cattle producer in northern NSW, I can assure you that we treat our animals with the utmost respect and compassion. Our animals are processed locally. My husband has personally inspected the abottoirs to ensure the humane treatment of the animals. We can honestly say that we would rather go bankrupt than to have anything to do with the live animal export trade. It should be stopped immediately. In fact, it should have been stopped years ago.

  • Chris Holmes Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I can not put into words the way I feel about what I saw on Four Corners. My wife & I will have those horrific images burned in our minds forever.THIS MUST STOP NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What would our children think of us letting this take place? We should hang our heads in shame for letting this go on for so long.I thank God for people like Lyn White and feel so sorry for what she had to witness.

  • Robyn Noyes Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I too feel so ashamed that this has been happening for so long and will continue unless action is taken NOW. I have sent emails to Senator Ludwig and Julia Gillard but we all need to stand up for these poor animals.

  • Ines Pele Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    Every Australian should be made to watch this program.I along with many others have been campaigning for an end to live export (of all animals) for many years. And in that time the same old excuses/myths get mouthed by a few (influential and powerful) lobby groups and individuals. Australians you CAN do something about this. Send emails and letters to your local, state and federal politicians, relevant Ministers and to the Prime Minister. Ask them to STOP sending cattle immediately to the abbatoirs using inhumane slaughter methods, and to put a timeframe on phasing out the live export trade altogether. We do not need any more enquiries, we need action NOW!

  • shannon Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    thanks to people like Lyn White for bringing these disturbing images to light. If australia is pouring 1.2 million into and industry only worth 3 million surely this is false economy? why not use this money to cushion the transition for farmers into chilled meat? spend money on marketing this product to a world with an increasing middle class who want, and can afford, packaged meat? sounds pretty backward thinking to me. keep up the good work jodie :) animals need people like you!

  • Anne Hayson Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I have been a member of PACAT for some time hoping to contribute in some small way to the humane treatment of animals. I am so sad about these 'voiceless' animals being treated in such an horrific manner, I don't think I will ever feel at peace whilst this continues . I feel so helpless as I know so much money is involved & so many people are involved yet how can we tolerate this? We need to stop this trade & develop the most humane practices possible to end the life of an animal here in Australia where at least many of us have concern for animal welfare & a sense of compassion.

  • Debra Pope Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    The ABC's Four Corners expose last night exposed the terrible suffering, torture and daily murderous abuse and crimes that are continuing (behind closed doors)! Govt and the cattle industry and farmers need to take DECISIVE AND DRASTIC ACTION in the PRESENT, not in the FUTURE. This has been going on for far too long. No doubt there will be resistance from people involved in that industry but the constant parade of live animals being transported down Leach Highway and across Stirling Highway in Fremantle, WA, is evidence enough that inhumane practices of the dark ages are still happening for the financial benefit of a very small minority of the population.
    I congratulate and admire the courage of Animals Australia representatives who took that footage and also the ABC Four Corners program and Sarah Ferguson, journalist, and her photographer and team who must have literally felt their hearts in their throats to stand by and witness the atrocities of helpless and non-violent, yet sensitive and intelligent mammals.
    The absence of any compassion or conscience by the Indonesia and Middle East workers is appalling. The Australian and overseas businessmen, the LiveExport company and trainers, and the cattle farmers are implicit in this abhorrent suffering - their decisions are based on financial gain over humanity and morality.

  • Collette Condie Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    I am ashamed to be Australian if this horrific and brutal live trade continues.I have felt physically and mentally sick today after being made aware of the bloody events which i was exposed to on Four corners last night. I have no comprehension of how anyone could treat animals with such disrespect and brutality and in addition how we as i country cant permit our live stock to go and be faced with this future. I am aware that the trade has been 'suspended' to eleven indonesion abattoirs, however this MUST be permanately STOPPED.
    Tears of saddness and shame..

  • Leonie Sturman Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    To all those involved in the live export of animals, Politicians and participating farmers alike, hang your heads in shame. I will never comprehend how farmers, who nurture their lambs and calves from birth, can turn a blind eye to the cruel fate of these animals for the sake of the almighty dollar. Australia continues, year after year, to support this horrendous trade, saying it's OK for the ignorant Indonesian and Middle East workers to carry out such cruelty. When will the penny drop?

  • lesa corrine weatherley Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    Brutal, disgusting and the worst animal cruelty that could ever be imagined...This should be stopped immediately.Extremely upsetting and shameful....

  • Fay Philippe Tuesday, 31 May 2011

    This cruelty of Live Animal Export has to be stopped immediately, not just a few abattoirs in Malaysia...all of them. Indonesian people don't respect animals and THEY WILL NEVER - NEVER ACCEPT OUR WAY OF SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMALS...
    I have been physically sick and tearfull since Four Corners Update..I will never be the was unbelievable seeing these poor animals going through this torture and pain. I have emailed our Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister and my local government..Joined in - Stop Live Exports, and Animals Australia with donations. Hope this email encourages others to join/donate..

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