We have an opportunity to stop sheep suffering on live export journeys to the Middle East during September and October.
Last year, the Government announced a permanent end to live sheep export journeys to the Middle East from June to August, to prevent sheep suffering from heat stress.
However, the evidence is clear that the highest risk period for heat stress extends from May to October.
Now, the Department of Agriculture has released three options for regulation of the trade in September and October, including one option to stop exports in September entirely.
We need your help to call for an end to live sheep exports for the entirety of September and October, so that we can truly protect sheep from enduring searing temperatures and inevitable heat stress on these journeys.
For the first time in 2018, we saw evidence of the shocking conditions on five separate voyages on-board a live sheep export ship from Australia.
The evidence – provided by a concerned whistle-blower working on the Awassi Express - finally showed what it’s really like on board a standard long-haul live export voyage from Australia to the Middle East.
This isn’t one bad journey, one bad exporter, or a few animals that have slipped outside the system.
This is what’s happening to animals routinely, under Australian standards, and under the full control of the Australian Government, live export companies and the live export industry.
This is the everyday reality for sheep live-exported from Australia.
We watched as conditions rapidly deteriorate along the three-week journey, as sheep suffer and die, surrounded by sickness, death and waste.
You can watch the story here, but please be warned - it’s very distressing.
Now, we have to make sure this can never happen again.
We’re working to stop the suffering, for good.
Add your name to our submission, and call for an end to live sheep exports during September and October.