Imagine you are a sheep. You were born in Australia, a country where sheep are iconic. You become part of Australia’s live export industry. You are pushed off the land, forced onto a truck or railroad car and take a long drive to the huge ship awaiting your arrival. You are stuffed together in close quarters with little freedom of movement.
Shuttled off the transport vehicle onto the gangplank, you and your sheep mates are again forced to live in crowded conditions, this time below deck. The air is stifling, the ship moves constantly with the waves and your balance is becoming affected. The trip takes two weeks before your hooves feel dirt beneath them again.
Now the Horror Begins
You heard some rumors you were being transported to a land called Kuwait. And there is a religious holiday about to be practiced there. You are the centerpiece — literally.
Eid-al-Adha translates to Festival of Sacrifice. It represents the biblical story of when God intervened to prevent Abraham from sacrificing his son. Hundreds of thousands of Australian animals are slaughtered every year during this festival. Thanks to Australia’s live export industry.
Lyn White from Animals Australia — an active animal welfare organization advocating for a ban on live export of animals to the Middle East — traveled to Kuwait last month. She documented the abject cruelty Australian sheep endure.
Take a look at the photos.
Warning: The video is graphic and depicts animals being inhumanely handled and slaughtered. Don’t let that stop you from seeing the truth.
Imagine you are one of the sheep in this video. Your legs are tied with barbed wire. You are dragged on the ground and tossed into the boots (trunks) of cars for rides to your final destination – to be slaughtered in the name of God. Some are slaughtered right on the street in full view of each other, a practice that is forbidden by Islamic rule. Their blood flows in the streets like a stream.
In 2008, the documentation of identical abuses in Egypt enabled Animals Australia to see a ban on live export of Australian animals to Egypt. The 2010 Kuwait investigation revealed the same abuses. They are now asking for the same ban for Kuwait.
What You Can Do
Sign the petition telling Australia to stop allowing this animal abuse.
Australia has a new agriculture minister who is open to listening to animal welfare issues. Contact Joseph Ludwig:
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6277 7200
Tell him to stop allowing the export of live animals to the Middle East. The animals sent there suffer a cruel and inhumane death. Tell Mr. Ludwig that is unacceptable.
Go to the auto form to email Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and let her know your dissatisfaction with the exportation of live Australian animals to the Middle East where they are slaughtered inhumanely.
Three sheep stuffed into a trunk last month in Kuwait: Animals Australia