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The Federal Government has reaffirmed their commitment to transitioning away from live sheep export to a better future, once and for all.

This year, 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.

More than 7000 Australians showed their support via the RSPCA’s website for legislating an end date this term of Parliament.

Now, the independent panel is considering the submissions received as part of its public consultation process, with a report due to the Federal Government by 30 September 2023.

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.

Why does this matter?

Sheep suffer throughout the live export journey, and welfare issues are cumulative and inherent across the supply chain.

They’re at risk of suffering extreme heat stress, poor conditions and overcrowded stocking densities that increase discomfort, and can limit access to food and water for some animals.

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, mistreatment and inhumane slaughter practices once they disembark at their destination.

Finally, all that is about to change – but we need your help.