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Even in the shade the heat is so intense the air shimmers. Yet this terrified Aussie sheep will be bound — then thrown into a suffocating car boot...

PUBLISHED ON: 7 June 2017

This is Kuwait's notorious Al Rai Livestock Market, a place where animals are suffering in scorching heat — before being sold off individually to private buyers to face terrifying back yard slaughter.

Regulations forbid exported Australian animals to be sold at Al Rai. But our investigators have once again found Aussie sheep there, awaiting a brutal fate we've witnessed too many times already...

This Australian sheep was seperated from his herd, tighly bound, then privately (and illegally) sold for home slaughter.

Every year since live export rules outlawed sales at Al Rai, our investigators have discovered hundreds, and sometimes thousands of sheep, who live exporters illegally 'let slip' into this chaotic marketplace.

Every year we've provided damning evidence to the Australian government of this negligence — and the extreme animal cruelty which ensues.

The Kuwaiti market where we found these sheep is notorious for cruelty and Australian animals are meant to be 'banned' from sale...Yet since this ‘ban’ was put in place, we have repeatedly found terrified Australian sheep being sold and brutally killed.The Australian government has failed to stop illegal breaches. While, legally, all animals will still face painful slaughter by throat cut while fully conscious.As temperatures soar, truck beds radiate heat. Each year we've found Australian sheep in the throes of extreme (and deadly) heat stress.Ships loaded with more Australian sheep are allowed to leave our shores, headed to Kuwait — making a mockery of live export 'welfare' laws.During the Festival of Sacrifice, the streets run red with blood. Our Campaign Director, Lyn White, has witnessed this terrible suffering in Kuwait firsthand.This is an 'Australian-approved abattoir’ in Kuwait in 2014 — with fully conscious Aussie sheep lined up and slaughtered over a ‘blood drain’. The reality is that every Australian sheep sent to Kuwait will suffer a bloody and agonising death.

And yet, not a single live exporter has been prosecuted or even had their export licence suspended. Instead, the Department of Agriculture is still issuing export permits to Kuwait.

Animal welfare 'assurances' have once again proved utterly meaningless — as exporters ignore the rules and animals suffer the tragic consequences.

The treatment of Australian sheep year after year in Kuwait has been appalling, yet exporters continue to get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

The Australian Government must take back control from rogue exporters, on behalf of the animals — and every compassionate Australian who cares about them. Here's how:

  1. The Department of Agriculture must order offending live exporters to buy these sheep back from the Al Rai Livestock Market.

  2. The Department must also immediately suspend the export licenses of repeat offenders.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your MP and Senators to demand immediate intervention for these animals and remind them that caring Australians want live export to end.

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