Friday, 3 December 2010

Write to Joe Ludwig and Julia Gillard to stop live animal exports


Now that the 7.30 Report has alerted the Australian public to the horrific cruelty that our live export industry is responsible for, our Government is under intense pressure to respond. Australia now has a new Agriculture minister who is willing to meet withand listen to animal welfare advocates about the inherent problems of live animal export. Please help spare millions more animals from suffering by sending a short, polite message to encourage Minister Ludwig to ban the cruel live export trade:

        Senator Joe Ludwig
        Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
        Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
        Tel: (02) 6277 7200

Please also send a brief e-mail to our prime minister.

I hope you were able to view the results of our seventh investigation into the Live Export Industry on the 7.30 Report last night (if not, click here to watch it online). Tragically, what the ABC aired was merely a glimpse ofwhat my co-investigator and I witnessed in the Middle East during the Festival of Sacrifice last month — Australian animals bound with wire, dragged, and shoved into car boots before being brutally killed in the streets.

Some 22 million sheep have been exported to Kuwait over the past 20 years. To visit this country again and witness even more brutal treatment of animals on this occasion was near soul destroying. As an investigator unable to intervene, all I can do is make a commitment to them that their suffering will not be in vain; that we will do everything in our power to ensure that their suffering will heighten calls for live export to end.

Change is desperately needed in the Middle East — and this will not occur whilst a country such as Australia sets an example that it is acceptable to send animals halfway around the world only to be slaughtered. The damaging message that Australia's live export industry sets by its mere existence is that animals are nothing more than chattels to be traded and slaughtered for profit.

Australian animals need live export to end, but so do all animals in the Middle East. They need a nation to set an example that will inspire change — that will send a clear message to the region that animals and their welfare matters.

Please help us to call upon our government to end the live export trade.

By sending a quick, polite message to our Prime Minister and Agriculture minister, you will show that Australians want this cruel trade to end. I've included their contact details above. Your letter or e-mail need only be very brief. Your help today truly can make a huge difference. 

Thank you for helping me to be a voice for these animals,
Lyn White
Animals Australia Investigator & Campaign Director

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