The Federal Government has reaffirmed their commitment to transitioning away from live sheep export to a better future, once and for all.
In 2023, the Government appointed an independent panel to consult on – not if – but how and when this transition should take place.
Please help us to make sure a sound transition happens. Most importantly, the Government must legislate an end date this term of Parliament — otherwise an end date to Australia's live sheep export may not occur. This would subject hundreds of thousands more sheep to the trade. It would also prolong uncertainty for Australian farmers, and further damaging Australia's international reputation.
The Independent Panel has now provided its report to the Federal Government and it is currently being considered.
In the meantime, please help remind the Government and farmers why ending the trade is the right thing to do, and a decision we support.
This could include writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, sharing the push to #LegislateTheDate on social media, or contacting your local MP. See below for more ways you can help.
Sheep suffer throughout the live export journey, and welfare issues are cumulative and inherent across the supply chain.
They’re at risk of extreme heat stress, exhaustion, hunger and motion sickness.
They’re at risk because of the unavoidable reality that live export leads to weeks of stressful circumstances for the sheep including repeated handling by unfamiliar people, standing in their own faeces and urine, unfamiliar environments with loud noises, varied ventilation, high humidity and inhumane slaughter practices once they disembark at their destination.
Finally, all that is about to change – but we need your help.
With the independent panel having completed their report and provided it to the Government, you can help show your support and ensure the Government follow through on their commitment:
We suggest including some of the following points:
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