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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Stop the Live Export of Our Animals Overseas Over the last 10 years, investigations have consistently shown that Australian sheep and cattle are being shipped live to countries where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty and where they suffer a slow painful death. These sheep and cattle which have fed and clothed this great country of ours for over 200 years are suffering immensely during the long sea voyages and through brutal treatment once they arrive in their destination country where they will be slaughtered without stunning. We humans are the dominant species on earth. This brings with it not the right to exploit and abuse, but the responsibility of being custodians of this planet. Yet we abuse this job by selling our animals to the highest bidder for profit and gain with little regard for their welfare, even though they pay the ultimate price of their lives for our well being. Animals feel fear, pain and love as we do, yet these helpless creatures are not shown any compassion. This has to stop and the people of Australia must stand together and say “no” to the live export of sheep and cattle because we have a duty of care to these animals that we can't fulfil when we sent them overseas. Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, showed courage in suspending the live animal shipments to Indonesia until further measures could be put in place to ensure that our animals were treated humanely in that country, but because of enormous pressure from the cattle and sheep industry, the exporting ban has been lifted and the pain and suffering commences once more without the stunning of animals for slaughter being made a requirement. Millions of other Australian sheep and cattle are suffering the same cruelties in our other live export markets such as the Middle East. Steer in a restraint box Australian steer beaten prior to being roped and slaughtered Street slaught er