Animals Australia’s international team of investigators were deployed across the Middle East and North Africa during the 2022 ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ — a peak time of suffering for hundreds of thousands of animals exported from around the globe, including Australian sheep.
Evidence captured from this year’s festival will fuel the efforts of our team in Europe and colleagues in South America to bring an end to the live export trade.
Our investigation team in UAE also documented breaches of ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System) — regulations designed to spare Australian animals from some of the worst suffering in the trade. A legal complaint has been lodged and is now in the hands of the authorities for further investigation.
The confronting and dangerous work of monitoring the treatment of animals in importing countries is largely left to Animal Australia investigators. Without our investigators’ presence, made possible by our caring supporters, governments would be unaware of the extent of animal suffering resulting from the live trade.