Australians: A Call To End Live Animal Exports - Updated
The recent footage shown on ABC Four Corners program has highlighted the appalling treatment suffered by Australian raised livestock animals as part of the live export trade.
At present more than four million sheep and one million cattle are exported each year, mainly to South East Asia and the Middle East.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare believes that this trade is cruel and unnecessary and should stop. We support calls for an immediate ban on all trade in live animals from Australia to Indonesia.
The long shipment times from Australia mean that animals are subject to unacceptable levels of over-crowding, thirst, hunger and distress for protracted periods often boxed tightly together for many hours. Many die as a result.
Previous investigations by animal welfare organisations over a number of years have shown that the way animals are handled and killed in destination countries is deeply inhumane and falls far short of Australian animal welfare standards. There is no evidence to suggest that Australian standards of animal welfare and humane killing will be met in these countries in the near future.
Alternatives to the live trade exist. New abattoir procedures at Australian facilities, along with advances in freezing technologies mean that meat from animals slaughtered and processed in Australia would meet fully the requirements for Islamic consumers.
In addition it may also result in greater local employment with more economic value for the Australian farming and meat processing industries.
The government has responded to the revelations in the Four Corners program with a temporary moratorium on shipments to the Indonesian facilities shown on the program and promised of a review of the trade to Indonesia. We don’t think that is a good enough solution.
A bill to ban the trade in live animals for slaughter will go to parliament on June 20th. If you wish to take action, we suggest that you to write to your member of parliament urging them to support the bill’s passage into law.
You can also write to the Federal Minister for Agriculture and the Prime Minister letting then know that you support an immediate ban on the live trade to Indonesia and that they set a date for an end to all live animal exports.
The government has responded to the widespread public concern with an immediate suspension of shipments to all Indonesian facilities. We congratulate them on this move and urge them to keep the ban in place.
If you’ve already taken action – congratulations, you’ve been part of an important and successful effort to save animals from unnecessary suffering!
What you can do now
Legislation to ban the live animal trade permanently will still go to parliament later this month. You can still write to your member of parliament, commending those who have spoken out and urging each member to support the bill’s passage into law.
You can also write to the Federal Minister for Agriculture and the Prime Minister letting then know that you support their decision to suspend the trade, but calling for them to put in place a permanent ban on the live trade to Indonesia and a date for an end to all live animal exports.
Senator The Hon. Joe Ludwig MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Fax No. (02) 6273 4120
The Hon. Julia Gillard MP
Canberra ACT 2600
Fax (02) 6273 4100
You can also still join the Australian Getup! petition by clicking here GetUp! - Ban Live Export
Let’s help end this cruel and unnecessary trade as soon as possible.
For more information on the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to save animals around the world, visit http://www.ifaw.org
IFAW Australia is also on Twitter @IFAWAU
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