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End live export

As you read this, thousands of gentle sheep are trapped inside ships like this. They can't lie down without being trampled. Some can't reach food or water. Soon, these ships will turn into giant ovens, literally 'cooking' some animals alive. The Australian Government is under intense pressure to end this. Which means your voice is more powerful today than ever. Will you use it?

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MILESTONE: The majority of Australian Senators have voted YES to a bill that would end the cruel sheep export trade — this is HUGE! The only thing standing in the way of this bill now becoming law is the Morrison government — and they're refusing to even let MPs debate it :( Please urge your Senator to keep this issue on the political agenda! 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 global community is shocked by the live export footage onboard ships. As well as mainstream media reports, there have been rallies held all over the place.

Because you represent the Australian government, I want to ask whether you've had talks with the government, to show them this footage?

This shocking animal abuse has been hidden from everyone.

I really don't think any country would want to import live Australian sheep, once they were aware of how these animals were being mistreated.

Sincerely, (Your Name)
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You're giving a critical voice to those who have none. Our government is really feeling the pressure now. Together, we can hold them to account while animals are forced to suffer and die on ships. Watch out for tomorrow's 1 minute action for animals. We will send you a friendly reminder!

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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 will be handed down soon and is expected to be scathin
  • Historic Bills to end sheep exports were introduced in parliament, with cross-party political support to end the trade stronger than ever
  • The Australian Labor Party has committed to end live sheep exports if elected, which means an end to suffering of animals is in sight

HUGE NEWS (10th September): 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: 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 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 Malcolm Turnbull 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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