Research conducted by WSPA, however, demonstrates that the chilled and frozen meat trade is a more humane and viable solution to live export. Every day, we are moving people on both sides of the debate to understand that the alternatives to live export not only spare animals from unnecessary cruelty but support farmers and local jobs as well.
It's cruelAt WSPA, we oppose the long distance transportation of food animals destined for slaughter overseas. Sheep in particular are poor sailors. Ship motion, high levels of ammonia, cramped conditions, noise and vibration, are all factors that cause suffering and stress - compounding trauma they may have already endured in their often long journey from farms. During trips, animals are often confined to lying down in their own faeces and enduring high temperatures and humidity. Many succumb to illness and injury. Our research shows that once the journey is over, these animals will often be slaughtered whilst fully conscious.
We have commissioned omnibus research (May 2012), showing the majority (78%) of Australians believe that live export is cruel, whilst 7 in 10 think that the practice should be ended altogether.
How you can helpJoin us in telling the Australian government about the more humane alternatives to live export.
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