News reported in The Australian last week again throws up questions regarding the ability of live exporters to influence slaughter practices in importing countries. The paper says: “The first independent audits of Indonesian abattoirs wanting to import and process Australian cattle have found local workers initially failed to meet animal welfare standards, killing cows incorrectly and using blades that were not sharp enough”. Whilst the report states that corrective action was taken, I have to wonder how many more animals … Continued
As many of WSPA’s Humane Chain blog readers would know, last night’s 7.30 report aired shocking footage of Australian sheep exported to the Middle East for the annual Eid festival. The footage, taken by welfare group Animals Australia, catalogues a string of inhumane treatment ranging from sheep being dragged across gravel, animals being hauled around by their skin, completely inhumane and prolonged slaughter and sheep packed three deep in stifling temperatures in closed car boots. The footage captures some of … Continued
This video shows evidence collected during WSPA’s recent investigation into the mistreatment of Australian sheep. Investigators have documented cruelty throughout the live export supply chain, from transportation on ships, through to holding yards and abattoirs in the Middle East. Please click the image or here to view the video.
Over the past seven months I have been working closely with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and have done numerous in depth investigations inside abattoirs and livestock markets throughout the Middle East – namely Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Australia is the largest exporter of live animals in the world. They also profess to have the best animal welfare standards in the world – but for the sheep that are crammed into a space of approximately … Continued
“We are what we create and treating animals poorly is not only disrespectful to the animal, it denotes an underlying lack of care for ourselves. If we want to see more and more disease running rampant between the farmed animal species and the human population, let’s just keep treating animals the same way we have been (intensive farming and live animal export) and see what stunning new viruses we can develop and transport around the world. To help end the … Continued
“I joined the Humane Chain as I think it is time the Australian public take action against the barbaric practice of live animal export. As the worlds largest exporter of sheep and cattle we as a nation have the immeasurable pain and suffering of thousands of animals on our shoulders. By joining the Humane Chain I hope to contribute to raising people’s awareness of the facts about live export and in turn see changes in how Australia handles the live … Continued
“I work full time with adults living with Cerebral Palsy, it is challenging but I love my job, and working with these guys helps me to remember the important things in life. I live in Parkerville, up in the Perth Hills. I am a member of Stop Live Exports, also WSPA and Animals Australia. I volunteer for Stop Live Exports because it is such an important cause. It is so easy to feel helpless, and give up, but if we … Continued
“Live animal export causes so much unnecessary suffering in the world. These beautiful and intelligent animals are put through unimaginable torture, which is why everybody needs to get involved to try and abolish this cruel practice.” – Elizabeth ATAAC is an animal rights education group that is run by teenagers for teenagers. Through information on their website and on MySpace, they aim to inspire the youth to make compassionate and informed choices in their lifestyle. ATAAC believes education is the … Continued