On August 18, Federal Parliament was presented with a historic opportunity to end Australia's cruellest trade. Damning evidence and a tide of public outrage has emboldened many Labor MPs to speak out against the trade in recent months. But without a conscience vote to permit these politicians to vote against party policy, their voices were all silenced.
Despite this result, our efforts are clearly having an impact. Recognising that a ban on live exports has the support of the public, Andrew Wilkie and The Australian Greens have announced that they will reintroduce legislation on live export.
After 30 years, live export is now an issue of significance that politicians can no longer ignore. With the continued exposure of this brutal industry, and the efforts of everyday Australians calling on their representatives for change, it is not a question of if live export will end, but when.
On the same day, Animals Australia publicly released evidence gathered during a recent investigation in Turkey. The footage documents routine practices in facilities that receive Australian animals — cattle and sheep are hoisted by their hind legs before having their throats cut whilst fully conscious. This further illustrates the widespread cruelty to animals that the Federal Government is accepting by voting down the Bills to end live export. We've spared you from the worst footage so everyone can watch this important video below (click here for the full edit).
Don't let your MP off the hook. Send an urgent message today to ensure they know how profoundly the Government has let caring Australians down — and that while they continue to support the cruel live trade, people like you will continue to demand its end.
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