#Animal Welfare
The Federal Government of Australia

As many as 20,000 animals die at sea from disease or injury each year, yet the industry argues it is achieving good welfare standards as these deaths are only a small proportion out of the total shipped. Yet, their deaths are no less tragic or unethical because their peers survived. More than 63,000 sheep are crammed 10 stories high producing 100,000 litres of urine and faeces every day they’re on board. The gas excreted contains high levels of ammonia irritating the eyes, nasal cavities and respiratory systems of the livestock. The ship won’t be ‘washed out’ until after the sheep have disembarked.

The recent footage from trainee navigator Faisal Ullah who travelled on board five live export voyages of the Awassi Express carrying sheep from Australia to the Middle East, shows the heinous conditions the sheep suffer on board. It shows broken federal laws including: failure to meet the health, welfare and physical needs of animals on board. Failure to ensure all animals can access food and water on demand. Failure to promptly identify, treat or euthanize sick or injured animals and failure to ensure ewes are not pregnant. Broken International standards include failure to provide animals with: enough space to lie down, ventilation, to prevent overcrowding and a failure to cancel ships during extreme heat conditions

The current live export trade,
Is already illegal.
We do not need to compromise on animal welfare…
It is already illegal.
The live export industry’s motto is “no fear, no pain”,
This has been broken.

The federal government are resisting a ban and supporting this cruelty. However, the Australian Labour Party has called for a ban on live export of sheep for slaughter overseas. Agricultural spokesperson for Labour Joel Fitzgibbon said “We see no future for the live sheep export trade”. If elected, the party promises to implement a ban on the export of live sheep. This petition hopes to support the Labour Party's promise and show the current Federal Government the support for banning live export has.

You now know the cruelty these animals suffer.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” - William Wilberforce

For those who have respect and care for the welfare and quality of life for animals, you are called to sign this petition.

We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Federal Government to Ban Live Export from Australia to ensure the safety, welfare and quality of life that all animals deserve.

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The Ban Live Export in Australia petition to The Federal Government of Australia was written by India Shead and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.