Demand Australian Wool Industry Stop Live Export of Sheep

Target: CEO of WoolProducers Australia Jane Brownbill

Goal: End the process of live export of sheep from Australia to the Middle East.

Each year, thousands of innocent sheep are shipped live from Australia to the Middle East, a journey that takes several weeks. While on board, sheep are forced to suffer from malnutrition, starvation, pink eye and living in their own waste in extremely crowded conditions. After the ship arrives at a port, most often in the Middle East, the sheep that have survived the trip step into a part of the world where animal welfare laws are very evidently non-existent. The cruel abuses committed by untrained sheep handlers and the terrible consequences that live export has on sheep must be stopped.

The majority of Merino sheep in Australia are raised and used for their wool, since the country is a world- renowned leader in the wool industry. Young lambs are sheared, often by means of painful and debilitating techniques, their whole lives. Once a sheep is too elderly and their wool production declines after a life determined only to benefit the wool industry, their worn out bodies are transported to a port, starting the process of live export. Once at port in Australia, they begin a diet of only pellet food to fatten them up. Many don’t adjust well and without concern from their handlers, die from starvation very soon after boarding. Even though the wool industry reports that the average ship mortality rate of sheep during live export is less than 2 percent, this can add up to 35,000- 75,000 unnecessary sheep deaths per year.

These animals deserve better treatment and protection. There is no reason whatsoever for them to endure multiple weeks on a ship, in such harsh living conditions and put through a great amount of suffering. Sign this petition and demand that the wool industry of Australia start making some drastic changes in regards to the welfare of sheep across the country.


Dear CEO of WoolProducers Australia Jane Brownbill,

Due to the process of live export, anywhere between 30,000 to 75,000 helpless sheep die every year. Sheep are paraded from the farm they have spent their whole lives at, where they have been painfully sheared and used solely for an economic purpose, to a large ship. This ship carries as many as sheep as possible at once, with the destination being a port somewhere in the Middle East where there are no animal welfare laws or protection for the soon-to-be-slaughtered animals.They spend anywhere between a fews days to several weeks at sea, cramped in tiny pens living in their own waste. Too many fall ill or die of starvation in these terrible conditions.

As Wool Week is upon us and many major wool and farming organizations are meeting, it is important that these issues are brought to the attention of wool producers all throughout Australia. It is completely unfair to put an animal through the process of live export and something must be done about it. I urge you and other wool producing companies to make an effort to protect the lives of thousands of sheep by putting an end to live export.


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  1. Sounds like the gruesome middle passage of the slave trade.

  2. Turn the tables & let the human’s (so called) swap places with the sheep, there would be no more exports.

  3. disgraceful australia!!!!

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