Stop Australia's Live Export Trade!

  • by: Care2.com
  • recipient: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister
Australians made their voices heard this weekend. Thousands flocked in various regional capitals to demand a ban on the nation's highly profitable live export trade.

Australia exports millions of sheep and cattle every year. Most cattle go to Indonesia, where many die while in transit from heat, thirst, suffocation, and other such causes. Additionally, animals show signs of consciousness while they are being dismembered. As a result of a recent expose, Australia temporarily halted all live exports to several Indonesian slaughterhouses earlier this summer; however, trade has since resumed.

On Thursday August 18 Australia's Parliament lifted the ban that temporarily end the live trade. Sign this petition and tell the Australian government to permanently end this cruel trade.
I am writing in regards to Parliament's planned vote on the live export trade next Thursday. Now that the eyes of the world have been opened to the horrific treatment these animals face both en route and at their final destinations, it is absolutely inexcusable that Australia continue to condone such practices by trading live cattle with certain nations, including Indonesia.

Over 6.5 million cattle have been shipped to Indonesia to be slaughtered in the past twenty years. It is impossible to support this trade and also reject animal cruelty, and it is unethical to send these animals to countries where there are no laws to protect them from horrible mistreatment. Stay on the right side of history and vote to end this dispicable practice.

Sincerely, [your name here]
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