I am writing to express my concern
about the shameful practice of live animal export that Australia continues to partake in.
As a proud Australian
I was horrified to discover
hat out of 4 million sheep exported every year, around 40,000 will die during the journey.
In a country such as ours,
this is unbelievable.
During the inherently risky journey, animals are often subjected to appalling conditions.
Imagine enduring temperatures of up to 40 degrees for up to 40 days,
without familiar food causing you to starve to death (almost half of all mortalities are due to starvation).
It's nothing short of dreadful.
When animals arrive at their final destination they are often slaughtered and handled
in deplorable ways.
The fact that this cruelty can be avoided
makes it even worse.
Contrary to popular belief, live export is not our only option.
Australia has a strong chilled and frozen meat trade, which could be expanded to meet the international market
So for the sake of our animals and our economy, further developing the chilled meat industry only makes sense.
On a practical level, live export means we are failing to take advantage of
While we're sending live animals away, we're sending thousands of job opportunities offshore.
If we phase out live sheep export, we can grow our meat processing trade,
and ensure that animals are treated and killed more humanely.
No matter how you look at it,
live export is a bad thing.
So along with the majority of Australians, I call on you
to put an end to
this cruel and unnecessary practice.
Writing a letter and sending it by email makes a big difference. But printing it out and sending it in an envelope has ten times the impact on your MP.