Ban Live Animal Exports After Cattle Bludgeoned to Death


Target: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Suspend Australia’s live animal trade until all supply chains have been proven secure and up to animal welfare standards.

Shocking video footage recently emerged of cattle being bludgeoned to death with sledgehammers at a Vietnamese slaughterhouse. The cattle appear to have been exported from Australia based on the Australian tags visible in the video, putting the country’s live animal trade into question. The footage was secretly taped by animal protection organization Animals Australia and shows the animals tied up, unable to escape, while mercilessly bludgeoned by men with sledgehammers. At least five of the cattle are bashed in the skull. The pain these animals must have felt is unimaginable, and this kind of cruelty should never be permitted to take place.

The video sparked outrage, and animal rights activists have been urging the government to suspend live animal trade. According to Lyn White, Animals Australia’s chief investigator, “the only appropriate industry response is to voluntarily suspend the trade until they can publicly declare that Australian animals are not at risk of further abuse.” Similarly, the animal protection organization Voiceless has been urging Prime Minister Turnbull to “bring an end to this trade, or at the very least, to suspend exports to Vietnam pending a thorough and independent investigation of these systematic failings.” While exports to the three abattoirs featured in the footage have been suspended, the government is unwilling to ban the live animal trade despite the evidence of its flaws.

The horrific abuse of the cattle gained attention because it was caught on tape, but many other instances of similar abuse are undoubtedly occurring behind the scenes every day. Sign the petition below to urge the Australian government to fully investigate the live export industry and suspend the trading of live animals until it is definite that no more abuse will take place.


Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

Animals Australia recently released video footage of cattle being bludgeoned to death with sledgehammers. At least five of the animals were bashed in the skull while tied up and trying hopelessly to escape. This horrific abuse took place at a Vietnamese abattoir and the cattle appeared to have Australian tags, suggesting that they were brought there through Australia’s live animal trade.

Animals Australia’s chief investigator, Lyn White, has spoken out against the live export industry, stating that trade must be voluntarily suspended “until “they can publicly declare that Australian animals are not at risk of further abuse.” Many other animal rights activists are in agreement, as it is likely that this kind of abuse occurs far too often behind the scenes. Suspending exports to the Vietnamese abattoirs is a step in the right direction, but further action is needed to ensure the safety of Australia’s animals.

No animal should have to suffer the way these cattle did. I am urging you to suspend the trading of live animals, at least until a thorough investigation of the industry has taken place. Please take action to increase animal welfare standards and end abuse in the live animal export industry.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Animals Australia

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    This is SO DISGUSTING – PLEASE sign this petition and demand increased animal welfare standards and end abuse in the live animal export industry!!!!

  2. Elizabeth Charlton says:

    The man in the photo is an absolute sociopath. How horrible for helpless animals to be at their mercy and betrayed so horrifically. I’d put anyone who treated an animal this way in prison for life.

  3. This picture says it all. This sociopath should be given the death sentence. This is an outrage!! He should be held accountable for this extremely heinous crime.

    Let cruelty, pain and evil ways follow this villain through all his days. Reverse the torment he creates to turn on him a crueler fate.

  4. Honestly, it’s disgusting that such inhumanity exists yet people in high places with the authority to make a change sit on their hands and shrug their shoulders. For shame on such people who think little of these creatures whose desire to life is not considered important or of any value!
    If this were to be a human being bludgeoned this way there would be an outcry, what makes their desire to life any less important?! Sick and Cruel!

  5. Anita Culling says:

    Disgraceful. Australia is not behaving like a civilized country. Sort this out. How can the people in powerful or authority let this happen. Do the right thing and enforce REAL animal protection laws. Karma fall upon oeoole who carry out these dreadful acts if evil.

  6. What do expect from a country that eats kangaroos, joeys and crocodiles, and tries to hide the sadism of sheep shearers?

  7. val gaffney says:

    This is Australia – a supposed civilised humane country! I don’t think so – you should be ashemd of yourselves to let this happen. Whichever Minister is in chrge of animal welfare do your b====y job and protect them!

  8. Wendy Morrison says:

    Use sledgehammers on those whom inflicted great pain to these innocent defenseless cows, and when these idiots die that’s that many abusers off the streets!!!

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  10. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Australia is selling their livestock to a country that tortured American POWs at the Hanoi Hilton not too long ago. Don’t tell me they didn’t see this coming.

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