Help stop the suffering – act now to end long-haul live exports

In 2018, for the first time, the Australian public saw evidence of the shocking conditions on-board live animal export ships leaving from our country.

This evidence – provided by a concerned whistle-blower working on the vessel and aired on 60 Minutes – shows the horrific cruelty on board standard long-haul live export voyages. Animals are subjected to overcrowding, extreme temperatures and lack of veterinary attention for weeks on end – all of which are the norm in the live export trade.

Sadly, we can confirm at least two of the five journeys recorded included sheep from South Australia. Now we need action.

The reality of what our South Australian sheep endure during three to four weeks at sea

If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the 60 Minutes story here. Or, if you can bear it, we’ve made the longer and more graphic footage captured available in this video (courtesy of Animals Australia) – but please be warned, it is highly distressing.

Take action now to help our sheep

Live exporters have deceived everyone – farmers, governments and our community – for far too long. Enough is enough. There can be no more excuses or promises to do better.

Right now, you can take action to help. You don’t even need to watch the footage, if you can’t bear it.

To help our sheep, join us in demanding an immediate end to long-haul live export departing from South Australian ports. Our state must take no further part in this appalling and unnecessary trade.

Will you join our call?

 “… if a decision were to be made on the future of the trade purely on animal welfare grounds, there is enough evidence to stop the trade. The trade is, in many respects, inimical to good animal welfare, and it is not in the interests of the animal to be transported to the Middle East for slaughter.”

– 1985 review of the live sheep trade by the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare.

“Animal welfare is a high priority at LSS and all our shipping vessels are equipped with the latest in livestock supply facilities, including modern feeding, watering and ventilation systems.”

– From the website of Livestock Shipping Services, owner of the livestock carrier Bader III.

“The department has not taken any regulatory action in relation to this mortality event.”

The words at the end of almost every Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) investigation report into high numbers of animals dying onboard live export ships.

RSPCA South Australia