Australians – Peta is Asking you to stand up and sign this Petition
Every year, Australia exports millions of live animals to Middle Eastern countries where there are virtually no laws in place to protect them. Over the past 30 years, Australia has crammed more than 200 million animals onto filthy, multilevel cargo ships, with more than 2.5 million of these animals getting trampled to death or dying from dehydration, starvation, or disease en route.
Those who do survive the grueling journey, which may last days or even weeks, often face abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in Australia. Animals are often roughly dragged from the ships and thrown onto trucks and into cars. Most will have their throats cut while they are still conscious, even though stunning is allowed under the rules of halal slaughter. Muslim countries require that animals be slaughtered according to halal regulations, but numerous slaughterhouses in Australia possess halal certification, rendering live export completely unnecessary and indefensible.
In one incident, more than 20,000 sheep were stuck at sea for more than 40 days after their ship was not allowed to dock in Bahrain because of a suspected outbreak of infectious scabby mouth disease. When the ship was finally allowed to dock in Pakistan, the sheep were reportedly killed by being beaten, stabbed, and even buried alive despite protests from the Australian government.
Not only is live export bad for animals, it’s also bad for the environment, with the live-export trade ranking as one of Australia’s top 40 carbon-dioxide emitters . From the moment animals leave the farm, the journey to slaughter takes a heavy toll on the environment. Cattle and sheep may be transported thousands of kilometers by truck, and the empty ships traveling back to Australia to collect their next load emit even more emissions.
There is simply no humane way to transport tens of thousands of animals on cramped, filthy ships, often in the searing heat, on journeys lasting several weeks.
PETA and our affiliates have protested live export in both Australia and the Middle East, petitioned ministers for change, and also met with activists in Australia and the Middle East to inspire them to take action against the cruel voyages—but they need your help to bring this terrible trade to an end.
If you live in Australia, please use the form below to send a message to your local Member of Parliament asking him or her to speak up in support of a ban on live export. If you live outside Australia, please send a polite letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard by filling out the form here: http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=17494