Justice for Thousands of Sheep Killed in Reported Barbaric Conditions

Target: David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia

Goal: Ban the live export of animals on ships where they are reportedly forced to endure inhumane, and often lethal, conditions.

The Australian government is investigating why thousands of sheep reportedly died on a live export ship bound for the Middle East. The most obvious cause appears to be heat stress, as the woolly animals were reportedly packed into tiny compartments with little water as they journeyed over thousands of miles of open sea. Whistleblowers have previously decried this practice, and it is time that such cruel live export be brought to an end.

Footage made available from Animals Australia appears to show hundreds of dead, decomposing sheep crammed into filthy pens. The Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, has described the evidence as “very disturbing,” adding that he is “shocked and gutted.” However, this is not the first time that animals have died due to horrific conditions on live export ships, and it will likely not be the last without major changes.

No animal should be subjected to weeks standing in the heat in their own filth, as these sheep allegedly were. Sign this petition to urge the Australian government to ban all live exports overseas.


Dear Minister Littleproud,

Thousands of sheep destined to be slaughtered abroad were reportedly killed due to barbaric conditions on a live export ship bound for Kuwait. These innocent creatures were allegedly kept in filthy wet pens and exposed to extreme temperatures with little clean water to drink. It is not uncommon for sheep to succumb to this abysmal treatment on long voyages; this incident was considered noteworthy only because enough animals had died to require an official review.

There is something very wrong when sheep deaths are considered a normal part of transportation. No animal deserves to die in such a cruel and barbaric manner. Please put an end to this horrific practice and ban all live animal exports overseas.


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  1. Carmela Guarino says:

    So horrible… I am beyond disgusted and horrified that this actually could be allowed

  2. I have signed. ANIMALS AUST have started a petition from the 60mins feature. Pls sign that one as well and also remember this govt corruption where regulators and exporters in breach of their jobs causing animal abuse. We have to stop this unnecessary cruelty. NZ did we can too. https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/?ua_s=HPHJ

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