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Most animals who are exported live for slaughter have their throats cut while fully conscious. Millions have died at sea. Some 37 investigations have revealed that in destination countries, many animals endure routine abuse and brutal slaughter in places where laws do not protect them from cruelty.”

In January 2016 thirteen thousand sheep and cows were stranded onboard a live export ship, the Ocean Outback, for 12 days. The ship was due to set sail for Israel from Fremantle in Australia but had engine problems. The incident has highlighted yet again the horrors faced by animals being exported thousands of miles alive to be slaughtered in particularly inhumane conditions. In this case 3 cows and 30 sheep died before the remainder could be offloaded (read more).

In 2012 around 21,000 sheep were killed using brutal methods in Pakistan. The ship they were on was due to offload in Bahrain, however the ship was refused permission to dock after the sheep were falsely believed to be diseased. Despite being declared healthy by government officials, the sheep were kept in mud-filled pens with no access to food or water for two weeks. They were then “clubbed, stabbed callously and buried alive”.

It wasn’t the first time a tragedy such as this had been seen, with 6,000 sheep dying onboard a ship stranded in the Middle East for two months in 2003. Read more about these incidences at

Israel against live shipments!

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