Animals Australia’s investigations in the Middle East have once again resulted in significant welfare outcomes for animals in recent months.
In November, regulations were introduced in Bahrain that prohibit sheep purchased from the government’s feedlot to be transported in the boots of cars. The positive development resulted from footage obtained by Animals Australia’s investigators of the abuse of animals at Bahrain’s major feedlot airing nationally in Australia on 7.30 Report in February and A Current Affair in October last year.
In January, the Greater Amman Municipal abattoir in Jordan became the first in the Middle East to introduce pre-slaughter stunning for both cattle and sheep. This historic development, which will significantly reduce the suffering of animals, has resulted from Animals Australia exposing cruel treatment of animals in Jordan and bringing the evidence to the attention of HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein.
Consultants engaged by Animals Australia on behalf of Princess Alia are now continuing efforts in other areas of Jordan to improve the handling of livestock.
In further good news, Australian animals are still not being exported to Egypt as a result of Animals Australia’s investigations there in 2006, saving hundreds of thousands of animals from brutal treatment. At the same time, Egyptian authorities have acknowledged animal welfare concerns and are seeking to improve conditions for animals in that country.
The progress that has been achieved by Animals Australia in the Middle East so clearly reveals the importance of exposing and opposing animal cruelty. We are enormously grateful to our supporters for funding these crucial investigations that have provided a voice for animals for the first time in the Middle East, whilst increasing pressure on the Federal government to end live export to the Middle East.