Jordan Investigation

Jordan Investigation

Don’t let the wool be pulled over your eyes - sheep are suffering because of live exports

Graphic images showing Australian sheep being dragged, kicked and left bleeding to death on the roadside in Jordan yet again highlight the cruelty of live exports.

Lateline - 30/10/2013 - Caught on camera

Warning: link contains footage depicting animal cruelty

ABC’s Lateline exposed the awful treatment of more than ten thousand Australian sheep that had been deliberately on-sold outside of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) – the very system that is meant to be protecting them.

Please take this opportunity to tell Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce what you think of live exports. He needs to know that the Australian community does not tolerate animal cruelty.

ESCAS was implemented to prevent the suffering of Australian animals exported live for slaughter. The system is clearly not working in Jordan and no further shipments to the region should be allowed.

As the regulatory body in charge of enforcing ESCAS, the Department of Agriculture has the power to implement the necessary restrictions to ensure such flagrant abuse does not happen – they need to use those powers now.

The cruelty displayed in Jordan highlights yet again the inherent risks of live export and the need for investments to be made to allow Australia to transition to a meat-only trade; this would protect Australian animals and secure a future for our farmers.