Dear friends of animals,
Because you are here on this page, I know that you care. And because you care, I know when you discover what happened to Jacob, you will want to join me to demand justice.
It's easy to forget that each and every animal who is exported from Australia is an individual, with his or her own unique story. We have given Jacob a name, because his story needs to be told. What happened to him in the final minutes of Jacob's life was described to me by an Egyptian slaughterman. By telling his story now, we can help save other animals from similar fates.
Jacob's journey began when he stepped onto a live export ship in Western Australia, and it ended in an Egyptian slaughterhouse, in the city of Ismailia.
There, Jacob was forced into a slaughter box — a box designed to immobilise conscious animals while their throats are cut. Understandably, he panicked. Distressed and terrified, Jacob managed to escape from the box, breaking his leg in the process.
On three legs he ran from the abattoir to an outside pen where he collapsed to the ground. Orders were given by management that this was where Jacob was to die, and a slaughterman set about his task.
As can be seen in this video, Jacob's final moments were prolonged, painful and extremely brutal. His eyes were repeated stabbed to blind him, and his leg tendons slashed so that he could not escape again. When rendered completely helpless, the slaughterman hacked at his throat.
This abattoir where Jacob suffered so terribly was approved by the Australian government and deemed acceptable by live exporters.
Two slaughtermen who worked there described to me how the slaughter box would crush the ribs of conscious animals, and how others, like Jacob, had leapt from the box in panic, only to also break their legs and be terribly slaughtered.
Countless animals who came before Jacob suffered and died within those walls. Countless more will continue to suffer and die there, if live exporters have their way. They cannot express horror at Jacob having his leg tendons slashed, yet be perfectly willing to supply cattle to have their throats slashed whilst fully conscious. If one is wrong, the other is wrong. How can we expect Egyptians to care for their animals, if we do not care for our own by condoning such cruelty?
Yet, despite this — and despite Egypt's terrible track record on animal welfare, and even after seeing the brutality inflicted on Jacob ... Australia's live export industry wants to send more animals into Egypt.
Jacob was the victim of an industry that put a price on his head, but no value on his welfare.
Please join me to demand justice for Jacob — and all of the victims of the live trade. If your MP cannot give you their personal guarantee that animals will never again be subjected to such terrible abuse — then they must support an end to live export. Click here to share Jacob's story with your MP and demand justice now.
For the animals,