What we in the UK (and the rest of the civilized world) have known for a very long time:
Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard – Two Animal Abusing Australian Prime Ministers.
Neither who have had the guts to do anything about such a disgusting business of live animal exports. Gutless fools who just let animals suffer for their own political satisfaction.
Oh how we feel for the poor citizens of Australia – to have an animal abuser like Abbott at the helm now.
From Animals Australia
As the sun goes down in the Gaza Strip tonight, Australian animals stand waiting… and we do not know their fate. But based on evidence from our recent investigations, I fear the worst.
What you do in the next 3 minutes will help us send the strongest possible message that Australians will not tolerate this industry any longer… and on behalf of the thousands of animals abandoned to live export cruelty yet again — I am pleading with you to be their voice today.
ABC’s 7.30 program last night aired a damning exposé revealing an even darker side of this industry: allegations of corruption and criminal activity have now emerged.
But what our latest investigation has uncovered will shock you even more.
Actually, ‘latest’ sounds like it was one investigation. In reality, on almost a weekly basis over past months we have lodged 6 additional complaints with the Department of Agriculture showing that the nightly abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza… continues.
With the help of our brave young local investigator in Gaza, we have presented case after case, evidence upon evidence, to the government pleading for urgent action. Yet night after night, workers terrified of ‘wild’ Australian cattle have been resorting to violence within the abattoirs of Gaza. We’ve seen animals with leg tendons slashed, being stabbed in their eye, and being abused in ways which are too traumatic to describe.
I don’t tell you this to shock you, Maria. In fact, I strongly urge you not to watch footage from our investigation because it is simply too distressing. But I’m telling you this because relying on the regulatory process to end the cruelty has failed.
That brings us to you, and why you’re reading this:
THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE PUBLIC.
Will you spare 3 minutes today to help achieve justice for animals?
Knowing how confronting the evidence is, we have gone to extra lengths to ensure that you can take action on our website today without needing to see any graphic images if you choose not to.
To the live export industry, these animals are considered ‘products’. To us, they are ‘living beings’ deserving of compassion and respect. I know that when Australians discover what animals have been suffering in Gaza there will be a groundswell of compassion and action on their behalf — one that our government cannot ignore.
After taking action please share this urgent alert with your friends, family — anyone who like us wants a kinder, more compassionate world where cruelty is not excused as the cost of doing business.
For the animals, thank you,
P.S. With the live export ‘assurance’ system failing to protect animals from the worst abuses, your help is needed to stop this from continuing and achieve justice for animals. It only takes 3 minutes to make a difference. Please click here to take urgent action today.
The track record of the world’s largest live exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, raises big questions about why they’ve been allowed to keep their export licence.
It’s Friday, 4th April 2014. The ship called Bader III sets out from Fremantle Port on the long sea voyage to Jordan and Israel. On board are 10,000 cattle and thousands of sheep. The exporter is Livestock Shipping Services (LSS).
A day earlier, LSS General Manager, Garry Robinson, complained to the media about this ship being delayed as a result of ‘handful of animals’ in Gaza. Robinson did not express concern that this ‘handful’ of cattle, who had been exported by LSS and ‘leaked’ from their supply chain, were once again suffering terrifying and prolonged deaths both in LSS’s ‘approved’ and in non-approved abattoirs in Gaza.
No accountability was expressed about the fact that this situation was LSS’s legal responsibility or that it was both predictable and preventable. After all, the company was aware that Australian cattle in Gaza had been subjected to sickening abuse last October — including at their approved abattoir, which had months earlier passed an LSS-funded audit despite not meeting required standards.
As a result, rather than a ‘handful’ of animals, every one of the 4,631 Australian bulls sent into Gaza since November would be brutally slaughtered.
With a dire situation for cattle in Gaza ongoing, and under investigation for five serious breaches of regulations, it seemed inconceivable that LSS would be granted a further export permit.
But five weeks after the Department of Agriculture was first provided with evidence that the horrific slaughter of Australian bulls in Gaza had continued unabated they granted the company implicated a further export permit.
Only a couple of days after the Bader III sailed for Israel, in a filthy slaughterhouse in Gaza, another Australian bull was brutally slaughtered in breach of Australian regulations, including having his eye stabbed to blind him. Around him lay the bodies of other Australian bulls who would have suffered similarly shocking deaths.
The dreadful suffering of these animals was predictable and preventable. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was put in place to prevent the worst abuses to exported animals. But with no Australian government oversight in importing countries, its ability to do so rests with exporters facing consequences for breaches, including suspension or loss of export licence.
Tonight, once again, Australian bulls will be brutally slaughtered in Gaza. Tonight the export company implicated in these breaches of regulations continues to be allowed to export, and has tens of thousands of animals aboard the Bader III once again, entrusted to its ‘care’.
TAKE ACTION NOW
That shocking abuse of Australian cattle continues in Gaza five months after first being reported, is damning.
The good news, is that after receiving evidence from Animals Australia in November, the Australian Government ceased granting export permits to Gaza.The bad news, is that this was no help to the thousands of cattle who were en-route at the time. Since then, at least 4,631 exported cattle have been sent to the slaughterhouses of Gaza.
This ongoing cruelty could have been avoided had exporters been complying with regulations. Tragically, the Australian Government’s live export ‘assurance’ system is providing anything but ‘assurance’. The truth is that nobody — not live exporters, nor the Australian government — can guarantee that animals in the live export trade won’t be brutally killed.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Live export is valued at only 0.3 percent of national exports. And most sheep and cattle farmers aren’t involved with the industry. Not only that — a phase out of this cruel trade will create more jobs for Australians and benefit the economy.
Take action today, and help spare an animal from suffering this brutal fate. Ask your MP to support a phase out of live exports — for jobs, for the economy, and most importantly, for the animals.
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