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End live export

The fate of sheep destined to suffer in Australia's cruel live export trade will be decided at the upcoming Federal election. That's because for the first time in the history of this industry, a political party capable of forming government is promising to end the trade. Live export is firmly an election issue and as a voter, that means your voice is more powerful than ever. Will you use it?

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COUNTDOWN: With a Federal election imminent, all political parties are jostling to increase their representation in the Australian Senate. The Senate has already voted once to end the cruel live sheep export trade. Help ensure a majority of Senators remains committed to sparing animals from suffering in this terrible industry. Please tell your Senators that live export will be a defining issue for you on Election Day. UPDATE: Every day that live exporters continue to send animals into harm's way, the Australian Government needs to hear about it!

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TO: Sir/MadamSenator,

The heart-breaking video taken while on board routine ships containing live sheep being transported to the middle east is disturbing. Have you met with local government reps, to show them the problems with these Australian ships?

On export ships, there is pervasive suffering and death which wouldn't be condoned by religious leaders. Live imports would be cancelled, if decision makers in importing countries knew how animals were suffering.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have spoken out against live sheep export cruelty.

Shocking footage of the routine suffering of Australian sheep at sea caused massive public and political outrage. Months later, the trade is unravelling:

  • With major exporters suspended, shipping has stalled so, for the first time in the history of this trade, sheep have not suffered through the furnace of a Middle Eastern summer
  • The biggest sheep exporter — Emanuel Exports, responsible for the suffering of millions of animals — is off the water PERMANENTLY
  • Tougher regulations have exporters questioning the commercial viability of the trade at any time of year
  • A review into the Department of Agriculture's ability to properly regulate the industry was scathing and found evidence of cruelty has been dismissed, ignored and even at times undermined by the very officials charged with holding the live export industry to account. An historic bill to end live sheep export passed the Australian Senate and is now awaiting a vote in the parliament
  • The Australian Labor Party has committed to end live sheep exports if elected, which means an end to suffering of animals is in sight

4th April: Following the shocking revelations exposed by the ABC of the mass suffering and deaths of exported 'dairy' cows in Sri Lanka, Shadow Agriculture Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, pledges that a Labor government will close the 'loophole' that excludes dairy and breeding animals from ESCAS regulations.

21st March 2019: Despite promises to make science-based decisions, the Department of Agriculture ignores the science — and the evidence of animal suffering — to announce it will allow sheep shipments to the Middle East in the high-risk month of May. Read our response here

9th January 2019: UPDATE | Where to next for the live export campaign in 2019?

4th December 2018: The live export industry has announced its own three-month ban on the sheep trade to the Middle East during the northern summer — but conceded it cannot guarantee against another mass death at sea.

31 October 2018: The independent Moss Review into the culture and capabilities of the Department of Agriculture has been released — and the findings are damning.

10th September 2018: The Australian Senate has passed a bill to phase out live sheep exports over a five-year period and stop trade to the Middle East during the hottest part of the year.

22nd August 2018: Emanuel Exports — the company at the centre of the horrific live exports scandal involving the deaths of thousands of sheep from heat stress at sea — has had its licence to export animals permanently cancelled by the Federal Department of Agriculture.

  • The Guardian: Live exports: government refuses to release video showing heat stress
  • The West Australian: Live export 'several steps closer to the graveside': media guru
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Live export industry imposes summer ban in wake of backlash over animal deaths
  • The Age: Agriculture Minister orders urgent overhaul of own department's handling of live export trade
  • The Age: Bill to ban live sheep exports trade passes the Senate
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Rogue live exporter Emanuel Exports hit with permanent cancellation
  • The West Australian: Live sheep export row hits cattle ship that fails inspection leaving Fremantle
  • The Guardian: 'This one has heat stress': the shocking reality of live animal exports
  • 28th July: Super-Saturday by-elections see Labor win Braddon, Longman, Fremantle and Perth, and Rebekha Sharkie from Centre Alliance re-elected in Mayo. That's five more MPs who will support an end to the live sheep trade! In fact, Ms Sharkie announced that a live sheep export ban is among her top priorities.
  • The Age: 'Cowboy culture': Department of Agriculture's costly live export legal bungle
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: 60,000 sheep saved from 'furnace' after dramatic midnight intervention
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Awassi Express exporters set to sail with sheep left stranded by suspension
  • The Conversation: Israel moves closer to phasing out Australian live sheep and cattle imports
  • ABC News: Australia's largest live sheep exporter Emanuel Exports' licence suspended

Right now we're at a critical point in our efforts to end sheep export cruelty. Every person who stands up against this industry in the coming days and weeks is fuelling a historic shift.

Have you written to your MP? If not, please click here to take this priority action.

If you’re one of the thousands of kind people who’ve already emailed your MP, thank you!

Here are 7 other key actions you can take:

  1. Write a letter to the editor
    Top tips: Keep it short, punchy & personal; try to refer to a recent article; only send to one paper; keep a look out for your published letter and send it to us!
  2. Call your MP
    Top tips: Write down your short main points before calling; simply leave a polite message with the staff member who answers; remember to give your name and contact details (noting you live in the electorate). Click here to find your MP's phone number.
  3. Call your state’s Senators
    Top tips: Senators tend to receive less contact that MPs so your call is extra important; tell the staff member who answers that the Senator has your full support in calling for an end to live export cruelty. Click here to look up your state’s Senators’ contact details.
  4. Call the PM / Call Labor’s Leader
    Top tips: Believe it or not, politicians are already looking to the next election. A polite phone call to Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten to support an end to live export will be valuable. You can reach the PM on (02) 6277 7700 and Mr Shorten on (02) 6277 4022.
  5. Get social
    Top tips: Join us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. If you’re in Western Australia, connect with Stop Live Exports on Facebook; if you’re in South Australia, connect with Adelaide Against Live Export; if you live elsewhere, share this campaign!
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