The review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Live Animals (ASEL) is long overdue. The draft standards have now been released and the Minister and Department of Agriculture need to hear from YOU. We have until the 27th of November to make your voice heard.
We’ll continue to push for an end to live exports, but until then, it’s also crucial that Australian standards for the live export industry are overhauled to protect animal welfare while the trade continues.
The current standards DO NOT protect the welfare of animals on board these ships – we’ve seen the horrific footage of sheep on board the Awassi Express, which was loaded in accordance with current standards.
The existing ASEL standards did not protect these sheep. The standards are not good enough and they must change.
Current standards allow too many sheep to be crammed onto live export ships and allow live exporters to keep sending sheep in the searing heat of the Middle Eastern summer.
Click here to see the crucial changes the RSPCA is calling for.
These standards will define the treatment and conditions for millions of animals exported from Australia until this trade finally ends.
We believe live exports must end; but until that happens, we must protect exported Australian farm animals as best we can.
Add your voice to RSPCA Australia’s submission now. Your email will also be sent to the Hon David Littleproud MP (Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources).
We only have days left to take a stand for animals.
Take action by 27 November to make your voice count!
Make a formal submission
The Government hasn’t made it easy to make a detailed submission to the ASEL review. But if this issue is important to you, it’s worth the time.
Your contribution will help reinforce the RSPCA’s call for animal welfare to be prioritised in live exports.
The Department of Agriculture requires all submissions to be made through the Have Your Say platform. You’ll need to follow the steps below to submit your response:
- Register for an account on the Have Your Say website.
Develop your submission – we’ve drafted this letter to help you get started, which includes the key changes we’re calling for, to genuinely improve the conditions for animals on board live export ships.
You can copy this, and edit it according to your views. Just note that the committee will be looking for facts to back up your concerns, so your submission needs to focus on the evidence that shows live export standards aren’t good enough. That’s where our key points will come in handy.
- Save your submission as a PDF or Word document, and log on to Have Your Say to submit here.