After failing in their first attempt to export live sheep from Australia during the banned and deadly Northern summer, a live export company faced its second rejection in just a few weeks as animal advocates joined forces across the world to spare animals from the very worst cruelty.
A huge live export company responsible for the deaths of more than 1.5 million sheep on board its ships — only recently tried to get an exemption to condemn 56,000 Australian sheep to export during the most dangerous time of year. The ban on sheep exports from Australia during the Northern summer period began from June 1st, but after a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its ships resulted in delays, the Kuwaiti-owned company pushed for an exemption to be given so that they could export sheep to the Middle East — despite knowing that doing this would place tens of thousands of animals at risk of cooking alive. The Department of Agriculture’s initial response was a firm ‘no’.
Celebration turned to frustration, however, as the live exporter, on second application, was tragically permitted to ‘waive’ Australian laws and set sail with a reduced shipment. The public outcry was overwhelming — and made it clearer than ever before that the majority of Australians want to see the end of this callous trade in living beings.