Petition started by Occupy for Animals on September 7, 2012
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Over the past 30 years Australia’s live export industry has exported over 150 million animals to the Middle East – to countries where there are no laws to protect them from acts of cruelty. During this time, some 2.5 million have died en route. Animals Australia’s seven investigations in the Middle East since 2003 have revealed that these animals may well have been the fortunate ones. They have also revealed Australia’s live export industry’s culpability in the cruel treatment of all animals in the region.
A memorandum of understanding put in place after the Cormo Express disaster of 2003, where 6,000 sheep died, is meant to protect animals involved in the live export trade. But the new cases, including the most recent ones from September 2012, suggest procedures for animal welfare in the live export trade have failed.
In regard to the new shocking evidence of live export cruelty that has emerged when tens of thousands of sheep where stranded - rejected by Kuwait and Bahrain after they had been on board for weeks - even senator Lee Rhiannon said that the situation is unacceptable. "The memorandum of understanding now looks like worthless bits of paper," she said.
The 30,000 baby cows from Australia that had been slaughtered - after weeks of transportation in horrible conditions and after they had been stranded for weeks in the Red Sea port - by the Egyptian authorities after they had discovered what they described as a “hormonal capsules” in the animals - is just another very sad story to add to those of live export cruelty from Australia to the middle east and other places.
Evidence is mounting that Australian government regulations cannot protect animals from extreme suffering in the live export trade. The government's attempts to protect the welfare of Australian livestock are dependent on importers and exporters playing by the rules. They clearly cannot be trusted to do so.
With all the shocking evidence that has emerged over the last years, we believe that the point has been reached where the Australian government must do what the vast majority of Australians have been long calling on governments to do - and that is to end these cruel live exports once and for good.
By signing our petition, the message that you can read under the tab 'Petition Letter' will be sent instantly to Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Joe Ludwig (email@example.com).
We thank you very much in advance for your signature.