Ban live exports of Australian animals

[Update: Australia suspends live exports!]

Yesterday when I got on Twitter, I noticed something different. Twitter has trends that are the most popular phrases, words, topics, people, etc. that are most tweeted about in the world or the area you’ve got selected. One of the worldwide trends listed was “#banliveexport” which I knew right away concerned animals. After a little bit of reading, I found out that a clip of animal cruelty of Australian cattle shipped to Indonesia had been shown on television in Australia and it documented awful abuse and has upset people immensely. “The program revealed the shocking mistreatment of Australian animals in a number of Indonesian slaughterhouses which use restraining boxes that are subsidised by Australian taxpayers. The program also contained serious allegations that the Australian live export industry has been negligent in allowing animals to be tortured and killed in the sickening conditions revealed in the program. ” [Source:]

I don’t like to show the photos or videos of the horrible things I write about because I hope that you will take action just from knowing what the issue is and sometimes even the words are too much. If you however would like to watch the video and see what exactly sparked so much outrage, you can view the footage by watching the main video on the Ban Live Export homepage.

There’s been a campaign in Australia to ban the live export of all animals including sheep and cows for many years, but now RSPCA and Animal Australia have joined together to make a change and get a ban in place for good. You can help, especially if you’re in Australia, in just a few short steps. Imagine enduring a crowded and often times too hot or too cold trip on a boat for 5-10 days only to be tortured at the other end. Please sign the petitions below to help put an end to this and spread the word:

Sign the petition to ban live export

Tell Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard to end live export

Ask your MP to oppose live animal export

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31 May 2011 - 8:51 pm

this is heart breaking :(:(
(p.s. sorry i’ve been so behind on visiting your blog!!! i had such a busy weekend and monday, ugh)

1 June 2011 - 2:16 pm

This is very upsetting. Do you know how animals are farmed in Australia – by any chance? My boyfriend and I just read The Omnivore’s Dilemma about how animals are farmed in the US and it has turned IC into a vegetarian unless he knows the food is organic and free range – but we haven’t found (or looked) at how it’s done in Australia.

1 June 2011 - 2:35 pm

Deidre – I don’t know too much about how farm animals are treated in Australia, but I’ve asked a friend of mine from Australia who would definitely know and I’ll get back to you. I became vegetarian as soon as I found out how animals are treated in America as well – I couldn’t support and be a part of that torture anymore/knowingly. It’s good to know there are others who feel the same way.

2 June 2011 - 2:49 pm

Deidre – My friend got back to me and shared this link with me: which shows footage of farms in Australia. She told me that the way animals are treated in the US and the UK are almost exactly the same way animals are treated in Australia.

4 June 2011 - 4:29 am

I have sent letters to politicians, signed the petitions. This evil trade has to be stopped!

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