Three sheep with wool on them standing and looking towards camera

Millions of Australian sheep have been spared live export since 2002.

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated December 1, 2021

Over nearly two decades, together we’ve helped protect millions of animals from the horrors of live export.

Progress for Australian animals

In 2002, just before supporters like you enabled us to start in-depth investigative and campaigning work on live export, Australia exported more than 6 million sheep. A shocking figure, and a horrible one. But last year, that number was reduced to 760,918. An 87% drop. Collectively, that means millions and millions of animals have been spared from live export over nearly two decades.

Without our supporters taking action and funding our investigations and initiatives, live export companies could still be sending 6 million sheep — and potentially many more — to endure stressful shipboard journeys and terrifying deaths every single year.

Of course, 760,918 is still too many. One is too many. So: the effort continues. With your ongoing support, we’ll continue doing everything we can to protect animals from this terrible trade.

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sheep in live export crate
The terrible suffering of sheep onboard the Awassi Express prompted a global outcry with caring people the world over calling for an end to live export.

Protecting animals globally

Our Animals International team in Europe has been relentlessly working every angle to shield animals from live export, wherever they are from. Here are just some of the significant achievements our supporters have helped us achieve recently:

  1. You helped stop live export starting up from Namibia.
  2. You helped us launch major TV exposés in the UK, France, Spain, Romania and Austria.
  3. You helped us convince most of Germany’s states to ban live export.
  4. You’ve helped bring the UK to the brink of ending live export.
  5. You helped us secure an EU Parliamentary Inquiry into live export, and get a seat at the table.

Thanks to Animals Australia supporters, from Australia to New Zealand to Brazil to South Africa and to dozens of countries throughout Europe — there is now a powerful, international collaboration of groups and individuals working together to save animals from this ruthless business. Twenty years ago, collaboration and cooperation of this scale didn’t exist. And together we’ve helped build it.

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Gabi Paun on a speedboat with a journalist next to a live export ship
The Animals International team in Europe, led by EU Director Gabriel Paun (pictured) has achieved major international media coverage about live export, like this investigation aired on French TV, highlighting live animal transport throughout and beyond Europe.