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WSPA Calls for Australia to Stop Shipment of Livestock

May 10, 2013

Australia has halted the live export of cattle to Egypt as shocking footage of animal cruelty in Egyptian slaughterhouses has emerged. 

The footage, released by Animals Australia was filmed inside two slaughterhouses {abattoirs} approved to process Australian cattle. The Egyptian videos which have now been made public show cattle believed to have come from Australia being treated in a "vicious, cruel and clumsy" way.

Exports from Australia to Egypt were halted in 2006 for four years over similar concerns. And in 2011, livestock exports to Indonesia were suspended after evidence of cruelty emerged there.

We think a better way exists, as live export can be very harmful to the welfare of animals.

Now we are calling for live export to be put under the international spotlight, pointing to WSPA's research about refrigerated and frozen meat export as a more ethically and financially viable solution.

Replacing live animal exports with refrigerated and frozen meat exports over time will dramatically improve animal welfare, create employment opportunities, protect farmers’ long term financial situations and lead to regional economic benefits.

Mike Baker, Chief Executive Officer, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), said:  “This is not a one off; there is a history of cruelty and animals being subjected to the worst kind of abuse in the live export trade. It is unacceptable given there is a humane and economical solution to live export of animals.

“The live export industry would have us believe that conditions in abattoirs {slaughterhouses} meet ‘suitable’ animal welfare standards and that they are improving animal welfare all over the world. This footage demonstrates this is evidently not true.”

Do you want to see an end to the cruelty of live animal exports?  You can make your voice heard by visiting WSPA Australia’s Humane Chain website today >>

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