Target: Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard
Goal: End the cruel practice of live export
Live export, the transport of animals across a national border, is a dangerous and cruel process that torments and kills animals around the world. In Australia, the practice was temporarily suspended for three years until a recent governmental decision to overturn the hiatus halted the progress of animal rights activists. Now the practice has been brought back and it is anticipated that thousands of sheep will be the victims of heat exhaustion, starvation, suffocation, and excruciating crush injuries as they are shipped to the Middle East.
Sheep are frequently transported from Australia to Saudi Arabia, where the meat is in demand during the season of Ramadan. While frozen meat is acceptable to transport, meat dealers prefer to send the animals live so that the product is as fresh as possible when it reaches its destination. This means that thousands of animals are crammed into pens and shipped from the island while enduring pain and trauma.
Animals have died during shipment from fear and panic and, in their anxiety, often splay their hind legs causing hip dislocation and tearing of the pelvic muscle. Others are starved or suffocated. Those that do survive the long and agonizing voyage are murdered on the beaches when they finally reach land. While conscious, their throats are cut and the carnage dragged to the slaughterhouse for preparation.
During the season of Ramadan, demand for meat will increase and more sheep will be subjected to the violence of live export. After graphic photos were released of the tortured animals, public opposition to the practice increased and many fought to end it. Activists succeeded in suspending it from Australia for a short while, but despite its antagonistic reputation, export remains a threat to animal welfare today.
Express your contempt towards the cruelty of live export and demand that the Australian government intervene and abide by animal cruelty laws. It is possible to instead transport frozen animal meat and prevent unnecessary suffering, as no practice should inflict physical and emotional torment on innocent creatures. With enough voices and public opposition to this practice, live export can be ended permanently. Contribute your voice and demand that something be done to stop what never should have started.
Dear Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
I am appalled at the cruelty of live export in Australia, and I urge you to outlaw the practice permanently. The live transport of animals is unnecessary and it inflicts physical and emotional damage on hundreds of thousands of animals every year. There are other humane ways to export meat to countries, and for a country to allow such cruelty is an abomination.
I demand that something be done to stop this detestable practice immediately. If the Australian sheep market can persist after the past three years of suspending live export, then surely it can give up the practice all together and reduce the suffering and violence that is inflicted on innocent animals. Please do not neglect the anguish of these creatures. In the face of terror and cruelty, act now to stand for civility and justice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: RSPCA World of Animal Welfare