The live animal export industry involves the inhumane transport of billions of animals every year. The animals are loaded onto vessels that are “outdated, extremely overcrowded, unsafe, unsanitary, and insufficient for adequately meeting the animals’ needs” for trips that can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Many of these animals have various illnesses and injuries made worse by travel in such cramped and unsanitary conditions. Not only do these animals lack access to clean food or water, but they are also often subject to extreme temperatures. Those who survive the export are sent to slaughter upon arrival.
In 2019, nearly 15,000 sheep drowned on an over-crowded cargo ship from Romania to the Middle East. Just two years earlier, 2,400 sheep died due to heat stress on export from Australia to the Middle East. Each of these events sparked outrage and in the midst of COVID-19, more people have been advocating for the end of live animal exports due to its significant public health risk.
Recently, England and Wales banned the export of live animals for slaughter abroad. Government members said that their intention is to “strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare” by “ensur[ing] that animals are spared stress prior to slaughter.” Now, let’s encourage other countries to follow their lead! Sign this petition to demand that the European Union (EU) step up and pass a similar ban on live animal exports now!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Uphold Ban on Exporting Live Animals During Australia’s Summer Months
- Tell the EU to do the right thing and ban all live animal exports to non-EU countries!
- Ban Factory Farms Now!
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