Australia will no longer export live sheep to the Middle East from June to August, starting 1 June, 2019.
The RSPCA has cautiously welcomed the news the live export industry has made this commitment as a first step toward protecting Australian sheep, for at least three months of the year.
However, the RSPCA says the moratorium must cover the entire highest-risk period of May to October, when the largest numbers of deaths occur; and it must form part of a measured plan to phase-out the practice for good.
You can continue to support the campaign to end live exports by taking action below.
WHAT'S HAPPENED NOW?
For the first time, we have evidence of the shocking conditions on five separate voyages on-board a live animal export ship from Australia.
The evidence – provided by a concerned whistle-blower working on the Awassi Express - finally shows what it’s really like on board a standard long-haul live export voyage from Australia to the Middle East.
This isn’t one bad journey, one bad exporter, or a few animals that have slipped outside the system.
This is what’s happening to animals routinely, under Australian standards, and under the full control of the Australian Government, live export companies and the live export industry.
We watch as conditions rapidly deteriorate along the three-week journey, as sheep suffer and die, surrounded by sickness, death and waste.
You can watch the story here, but please be warned - it’s very distressing.
With the Government in caretaker mode ahead of the Federal Election, no significant decisions can be made until the next Australian Parliament commences. However, you can make sure animal welfare remains a priority, by asking your federal MP and Senate candidates where they stand on the key animal welfare issues. Take action today!