Every year, approximately 3 million sheep are exported from Australia—many cast off from the wool industry.
Over the past month, tens of thousands of sick sheep have suffered horrifically aboard two Australian live-export ships headed for the Middle East.
The grueling journey can last several weeks through all weather extremes, with sheep forced to stand in their own waste on ships that hold up to 100,000 animals. Conditions are hot and cramped, and many of these sheep starve to death, are trampled or become ill and die on their trip to the Middle East or North Africa.
Upon arrival, sheep who survive the stress of the journey are often subjected to handling and slaughter methods that are illegal in Australia.
The animals are often kicked, beaten, prodded, and dragged off trucks and into slaughterhouses by their ears and legs, and many have their throats slit while they're still conscious.
Please tell Australian Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig to end the live export of animals permanently. Please also send a polite letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard by filing out the form here.
Dear [Decision Maker],