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Live export : the facts

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3 May 2013

Every year millions of Australian animals are exported live for slaughter. Those who survive the journey often endure brutal treatment and conscious slaughter.

Cattle, sheep and goats are sent throughout the Middle East and South East Asia — to countries with no laws to protect them from cruelty. Tens of thousands of animals don't survive the sea journey and those that do disembark into countries where they are transported, handled and then slaughtered in appalling ways. Most animals slaughtered overseas have their throats cut while they are fully conscious, leading to an incredibly painful and prolonged death.

The investigations

Since 2003, Animals Australia has conducted numerous investigations into the treatment of animals exported from Australia. The evidence from investigations in the Middle East and South East Asia has consistently revealed the willingness of Australia's live export industry, and consecutive Federal Governments, to export live animals despite appalling cruelty in importing markets.

Indonesia & Four Corners (2011)

Watch Four Corners "A Bloody Business"
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In 2011, Animals Australia provided ABC's Four Corners with investigation footage exposing widespread and extreme cruelty to Australian cattle in Indonesia. The subsequent Four Corners exposé sparked a wave of public concern and action on an unprecedented level. Read more »

Videos from the Indonesia investigation:

Click here for factsheets from the Indonesia investigation »

Post-Indonesia - continued cruelty

Despite the fact the government's new regulations have now been implemented in every export market (except Egypt), shocking cruelty continues to be exposed, including in Turkey, Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan, Israel, Mauritius and Egypt. In every export market that Animals Australia has investigated, we have uncovered cruelty. Read more »

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