Target: Barnaby Joyce, Australian Minister of Agriculture
Goal: Denounce lift of ban on livestock export to Iran
Australia has resumed livestock export to Iran after a nearly 40-year-long trade ban. Despite the ban being lifted, little has been done to ensure that the same conditions that caused the original ban are eliminated. Without protection, livestock such as sheep and cattle face possible injury, illness, and death at the hands of irresponsible livestock transporters.
Australia is known for its lack of regulation in livestock transport. The main destination for Australian livestock is the Middle East, where there is a lack of animal protection laws to ensure proper treatment and humane slaughter. Iran has only a few poorly enforced laws in place to protect pets, with animals raised for food enjoying even less protection.
During transportation to Iran, livestock face poor treatment aboard cramped ships. Tight conditions, long journeys, and rough seas can result in animals falling on top of one another, causing broken legs, crushed ribcages, and internal injuries. The animals on board are often left without food, water, and veterinary aid for days at a time. This can result in death due to dehydration, starvation, or disease. High temperatures and poor ventilation aboard transport ships also cause heat stroke, which is sometimes responsible for mass livestock death.
In order to ensure proper treatment of Australian livestock, it is imperative that laws are established for humane transport. Additionally, Australia should take responsibility to certify that all cruelty is avoided once the animals reach their destination. By neglecting to rectify past mistakes, livestock will be put in danger of injury, disease, and death due to poor handling. Your signature will condemn the move, which was made without consideration for the possibility of animal suffering.
Dear Mr. Joyce,
Australia has recently announced that it will resume export of live animals such as cattle and sheep to Iran after a nearly 40-year ban. Without implementing measures to protect these livestock, they are left vulnerable to the same poor treatment that they faced so many years ago.
Australia has lax regulations for the shipment of live animals, resulting in cramped, poorly ventilated conditions aboard transport ships. During transport, animals can become injured, fall victim to disease, and die of dehydration, starvation, or heat stroke.
When they arrive at in Iran, there are no laws to protect them from cruel treatment or inhumane slaughter. By resuming trade without protections, Australia has put its livestock in the same danger it faced before the ban. I condemn this hasty and imprudent decision, which could result in unnecessary suffering and death for animals.
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