Stop Sending Animals to Slaughter on Live Export Death Vessels

Target: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Goal: End abuses and oversights in live export trade that endanger millions of animals per year.

The European Union’s (EU) live export system is brimming with potentially lethal deficiencies from top to bottom, according to a disturbing report that comprehensively assesses the controversial practice. The Welfare of Animals Transported by Sea report compiled data from several EU nations, and almost every country would have likely received a failing grade if the matter were put to a test. Shoddy live export systems already likely contributed to the deaths of thousands of sheep in Romania. If the warning signals put out by this report are not heeded, many more innocents could lose their lives to abuse and negligence.

The problems as outlined are manifold. For one, the EU routinely does business with shipping companies that have virtually no oversight for even the most basic welfare standards. As a result, animals often find themselves crammed into extremely overheated, unsanitary vessels. Many of these animals will not survive the grueling journey on the seas. If they are lucky enough to live through this cruelty, only about half will arrive at a port with the resting and replenishment stations necessary for the animals’ continued health and safety. And for the live exports that do reach their destination, they are frequently lost in a seeming abyss because most countries keep virtually no records or contact with the animals once they have boarded a ship. This glaring lack of oversight means that a surplus of live export animals essentially disappear to an unknown fate.

Sign the petition below to keep leaders honest in their promises to fix a broken system that claims too many vulnerable living beings every year.


Dear Ms. von der Leyen,

A recent European Commission report highlighted the many dangerous deficiencies in the EU live export trade. These troubling issues range from a lack of “white list,” or trusted, shipping partnerships to inefficient planning and information-gathering. You have this data in hand, so now is the time for real and meaningful action.

You cannot let another tragedy on the scale of the Romania live export disaster happen. Cattle, sheep, goats, and other living beings numbering in the millions are at your mercy. Ensure they receive the dignity and compassion they deserve.

Fix the broken live export system, and fix the EU’s most shameful and lingering animal welfare crisis.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Jacqui Skill says:

    Such an appalling disregard for life!

  2. Jaime Perez says:

    This horror must be stopped now. Animals don’t deserve to be treated in such a horrific manner. Stop eating meat, then this would not be an issue.

  3. We definitely need to unite together internationally and exterminate each and everyone of these vile bastards involved in the severe murdering torture and death of these poor animals.

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:


  5. A better solution: stop eating meat all together. There have been multiple studies documented showing a link between meat/animal consumption and rates of diabetes, cancer, etc. Advocate for a plant based diet (or at least eating fewer animal based products). Subsidize produce and legumes so that it’ll be accessible to everyone, especially low-income people.

  6. The vile and evil sadistic and callous Live Animal Export Trade must be stopped and banned Worldwide.
    It is an abomination of the vilest of animal torture, suffering and an agonising death committed against such precious and helpless animals Worldwide.

  7. This world would be so much better without humans. It seems people get crueler by the day.

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