FARMERS – ARE THESE YOUR SHEEP?
Australian farmers have every right to feel betrayed by live exporters after photos were released today exposing the shocking treatment of Australian sheep in the Middle East during this week’s festival of sacrifice.
“Time and again sheep producers are assured by the Australian Government and by the live export industry that their animals are well cared for overseas,” said RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil.
“These latest photos show sheep trussed and packed into car boots; terrified animals bound with wire and dragged by their feet; and animals slaughtered in front of each other on the streets while others wait in line.
“This cruel handling and slaughter would be illegal in Australia but for some reason we accept this treatment for our animals overseas.
“Australian sheep farmers would be mortified to think these could be their animals. These photos represent a betrayal and sheep producers, who we know care about the livestock they raise, would be well justified in demanding answers.”
The Australian Government banned live sheep exports to Egypt after similar treatment of Australian animals was revealed in that country. The RSPCA calls on the Government to show some consistency and ban the live sheep trade to the rest of the Middle East as well.
“These photos have been taken in the very locations where the Australian Government and industry have been funding improvements. They are proof that we have nothing to be proud of by being involved in this trade.”
For high resolution photos courtesy of Animals Australia visit AnimalsAustralia.org/media/festival-of-sacrifice-2010-photos