Live Animal Export Disappointment from Kuwait

September 12, 2012


Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, supports independent MP Andrew Wilkie in his plan to introduce a Private Members Bill to parliament on 10th September 2012, which would mandate pre-slaughter stunning of all exported Australian livestock. We maintain that pre-slaughter stunning should have been integral to the Government’s 2011 reforms to the live export trade. Recent footage filmed by Animals Australia, of sheep being cruelly slaughtered in Kuwait in a facility that is not part of the approved Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, provides further evidence that this system cannot meet its stated goal of protecting the welfare of our exported livestock. Nor can it protect the welfare of animals before they reach their destination, evidenced by the recent stranding of over 20,000 sheep onboard the Ocean Drover in the Middle East, where they were subjected to prolonged heat stress due to high temperatures, humidity and overcrowding. Sentient continues to call for an end to the live export trade, with an interim measure of mandatory pre-slaughter stunning.

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