Sheep used for live export

Live animal exports

Factory farming

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For years, supporters like you and animal welfare organisations like World Animal Protection have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the immense suffering of millions of sheep and cattle in the live export trade.  

Australian animals deserve better and there is a groundswell of community support that expects better. We won't stop fighting for a phase out of live exports. 

Recently, the Federal Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt, that the live export of Australia sheep will be phased out on 1 May 2028, and that this phase out will be legislated in this term of parliament. 

Every year this barbaric trade continues, hundreds of thousands of Australian sheep will suffer unnecessarily during live export because of the unbearable conditions on board, and many die in transit. The extreme stress, illness and injury the animals endure can go on for journeys of up to 35 days. Many of those that survive the journey are handled roughly at their destination, killed while fully conscious and many suffer outright brutality. 

We welcome the transition plan of $107 million over 5 years for sheep producers but also call for additional investment in Australian-grown humane and sustainable plant-based protein options that will create economic growth and jobs.

While we would have liked the end date to be sooner, this is undoubtedly a historic day.

With you by our side, we’ll continue to keep the pressure on the Government to ensure this transition prioritises the welfare of our sheep as the legislation moves through parliament. 

Cattle live export

The problem

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The cruelty and suffering behind live animal exports

  • Millions of our sheep and cattle suffer unnecessarily during live export because of the unbearable conditions on board.
  • The extreme stress, illness and injury the animals endure can go on for journeys of up to 35 days.
  • Thousands of animals die in transit each year. Many of those that survive the journey are handled roughly at their destination, killed while fully conscious and many suffer outright brutality. 

Despite many years of public opposition and calls for change, Australia remains a significant player in the cruel live export industry.

Staff with cows, Moo to Ewe sanctuary, Australia

The solution

The need to ban live animal exports

  • Moving from live export to the chilled and frozen meat trade will protect millions of animals from needless suffering.
  • Independent research shows that this more humane alternative will protect Australian farmers, the economy and create new jobs.
  • This should be accompanied by further investment in more sustainable and humane plant-based options. By investing in this emerging industry, Australia could help to grow and improve this sector, creating jobs on the way.
  • This alternative is achievable and consistent with the responsibilities of government. 

Together, we can end the suffering of Aussie sheep and cattle. Forever.

You’re keeping the pressure on to end cruel live sheep export

News

Thanks to your support, we walked through the corridors of Parliament House in Canberra to demand an end date for the barbaric live sheep export trade.

Thousands of supporters call for an end live sheep export

News

You were a strong voice alongside thousands of other animal lovers who called on politicians to end live sheep exports in Canberra this month.

Calf at a dairy farm, Sri Lanka. Credit: Amy Jones / Moving Animals

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