Cruel live sheep export will end
The Labor Government has publicly pledged to bring the cruel live sheep export trade to an end. Such an announcement is cause for celebration for the gentle and sensitive sheep who deserve protection from this inherently cruel industry, and for Animals Australia’s community of dedicated supporters who have persevered for them.
Arriving here has been no easy feat. It was nearly two decades ago that Animals Australia conducted our first live export investigation, exposing the brutal treatment and killing of Australian sheep in Kuwait.
Little did we know it would take dozens of further challenging investigations across the Middle East and North Africa, multiple media exposés, and the bravery of a whistle-blower risking his life to document the suffering onboard live export vessels, to change the political tide against this industry.
For the live export of sheep to be phased out and stopped, legislation needs to be introduced and voted on in both houses of parliament. The Albanese government hasn’t indicated a timeline for this to occur, however, Animals Australia will be lobbying for this important election commitment to be passed into law as soon as possible.
What about live cattle export?
While acknowledging this monumental win for Australian sheep, our efforts will not waver to bring all live animal export to an end.
Over the years, Animals Australia’s investigations have shone a light on the suffering of other animals who are exported alive, including goats and cattle, in destination countries. We haven’t for a second forgotten them. Our ongoing investigations, political lobbying, and campaign work, fuelled by our compassionate supporters, continue to make live export harder, more expensive, and more scrutinised than ever.
Labor’s commitment to ending the live sheep trade may be just one step on the long road to end live export completely, but it is a huge step that sets a powerful precedent for cattle and all other animals.