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Thank you for your touching support. I have emailed Panorama this morning drawing their attention to this petition. If you would like to email them yourself, their email address is email@example.com I will also be contacting Daily Mail when time permits.
In 2011 the Australian programme makers ABC Four Corners exposed the horrors of the Australian live export industry. For almost two decades, Australia has been exporting cattle to Indonesia claiming cattle were humanely treated and slaughtered. It was a lie. The ABC Four Corners programme, A Bloody Business finally revealed the true conditions that awaited some Australian cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20110530/cattle/
Images of Australian cattle being tortured in Indonesia shocked not only Australia but also the rest of the world. I honestly believe if the playwright Shakespeare had lived in our time and seen this programme, he would have penned his finest tragedy. Although Australia is now exporting more livestock than ever, and Animals Australia is still exposing terrible cruelty, the ABC Four Corners programme did bring some welcome changes to the Australian live export trade. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme was introduced. A system requiring exporters to provide evidence of compliance with internationally agreed animal welfare standard, and to demonstrate traceability and control through the supply chain.
In 2012, as a direct result of the ABC programme, less cattle were exported to Indonesia that year. Also a two year ban of sheep to Egypt was imposed (the ban has now been lifted). 80% of sheep are now stunned in Jordanian slaughterhouses. The Australian public became more aware of the Australian live exports and the resulting public protests did bring about some change. However, the Australian live exports are still subject to terrible abuse and non-compliance in countries where there is no animal welfare laws.
The European Union live export trade is in shambles. Every day tens of thousands of livestock are exported to Turkey. the Middle East, North Africa, and Russia. After enduring a long and cruel journey they are slaughtered inhumanely in foreign slaughterhouses. https://www.ciwf.org.uk/donate/pages/terror.aspx They are the forgotten victims because most Europeans are ignorant of their tragic fate.
I want the BBC programme maker Panorama to expose the full horrors of the live export trade. This respected programme maker will finally reveal to the British public the full horror of what awaits our cattle, sheep, pigs, and calves in foreign slaughterhouses. It is also in the public interest that this vile and immoral trade is exposed to the British public. The whole European Union live export industry is subsidized by our taxes. Yes! We are paying for this industry. Please BBC Panorama do a programme on the EU live export industry! In the words of Kathie Flood; 'There's someone out there who's cast you aside, who saw how you lived, but missed how you died.'
Also please sign my other petition calling for an EU live export ban. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/495/739/375/eu-livestock-exports-end-the-cruelest-journey-on-earth/
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