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Australian sheep will once again be put at risk of 'cooking alive' at sea. Government bureaucrats are winding back the three month 'summer ban' which will put sheep back on the water at the deadliest time of year. Urge your MP to help stop this.

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Australian sheep need your help!

Australian sheep will once again be put at risk of 'cooking alive' at sea. Government bureaucrats are winding back the three month 'summer ban' which will put sheep back on the water at the deadliest time of year. Urge your MP to help stop this.

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Last updated 23 March 2022

UPDATE May 2022: Australia has a new Prime Minister and government following the Federal Election on 21 May. The incoming Labor government, and most of the new and expanded crossbench, have publicly pledged to bring the cruel live sheep export trade to an end. Animals Australia will continue to speak for animals, and with the support of caring Australians, will ensure this hard-won election commitment becomes government policy as soon as possible.

 

The live export industry has successfully lobbied to  once again send sheep into the height of the Middle East summer, where suffering from severe heat stress will be inevitable.

A three month shipping ban has been in place since 2019, prohibiting sheep being exported from Australia to the Middle East during the scorching heat and humidity of the Northern summer.

This annual pause in sheep shipments was introduced in response to heart-wrenching footage of sheep suffering and dying from heat stress on live export ships.

The images were captured across five separate voyages and revealed:

  • sheep suffering and dying from heat stroke;
  • severely decomposed bodies in pens with living sheep; and
  • sheep caked in melted faeces and urine.

While this was the first glimpse Australians had been given into routine conditions on live export ships, such suffering was well known and recorded by the live export industry for decades.

The Middle East summer has always been a time of increased suffering for sheep at sea. And it’s only getting hotter.

The three month 'summer ban' was put in place to reduce the risk of sheep suffering and dying from extreme heat stress. The Department of Agriculture's proposal to one again allow live export during this danger period will condemn more sheep to suffering at sea.

The Department of Agriculture’s plan would reduce the prohibition period by about 20% which would put sheep back on the water throughout June and September – a move that would inevitably expose animals to severe heat stress.

In a concession to the live export industry for 2022, they’ve already announced a winding back of the summer sheep export ban to Israel and Jordan by two weeks and by one week to Qatar.

And they haven’t ruled out reducing the summer ban even further …

The Department’s proposal is utterly flawed, and:

  • ignores animal welfare science on heat stress
  • is based on erroneous modelling
  • ignores advice from independent observers who witnessed heat stress on all voyages in the Department’s proposed reduction period

A decision to re-allow shipments during the Middle East summer will not only be a disaster for animals, but will once again confirm that the Department of Agriculture serves one interest: live exporters.

In fact, those who will profit from this move are the very companies whose actions led to the summer ban in the first place.

Speak out for sheep

Use this form to write a message to your Federal MP. Make sure they are aware that the ‘summer ban’ is being wound back. Urge them to represent your views to the Prime Minister and do everything within their power to protect sheep, and this important live export law.

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