End the Torture of Sheep

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”
Mahatma Gandhi

With every passing day it seems as though the atrocities perpetrated towards animals never ceases and becomes increasingly ever more shocking.

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Before continuing please take the time to sign the following Care2 petition:
“Protest and Demand a Stop to Animal Torture Like These Sheep in Disturbing Video

“Please sign and share this petition to stop animal torture and cruelty, not only in Jordan but other countries nationwide!! When I saw this video of the torture performed on these poor sheep, I cannot stop hyperventilating. OMG!!! They are tortured, beaten severely and throats slashed; then left to suffer and die while these demons look on.”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/600/632/804/protest-and-demand-a-stop-to-animal-torture-like-these-sheep-in-disturbing-video/

There is more action you can take further down to end this inhumane treatment not only of sheep but cattle also.
Please continue reading and watch the video if you have not already done so. The video has been released by Animals Australia and shows shocking footage of sheep being cruelly treated during the  Eid festival in October. Animals Australia says the footage was taken in Jordan and highlights the contravention of new rules designed to protect Australian-reared animals from unnecessary cruelty.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/31/animal-cruelty-live-export-video

Please watch with caution, this video is heartbreaking and I could not watch it all. I have to ask myself what kind of people treat a gentle sentient creature in such a way. What kind of parents allow their child to throw a stone at a dying suffering animal? What kind of monster will that child grow up to be? What kind of a society allows its people to treat another living being so cruelly? What sort of country allows animals to be shipped thousands of miles to suffer such brutality. What does this behaviour say about these countries. Ghandi once said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

Transporting sheep is in itself an abuse as sheep suffer terribly during transportation. The Australian Government can stop this hideous cruelty to sheep by ceasing to transport them to countries like Jordon or anywhere else for that matter. Sheep are sentient beings, they are aware of what is happening to them, and without a doubt they suffer pain as you and I. Like us they feel fear and wish to live. This behaviour is not acceptable for a country that would consider itself to be  ethically progressive.  Australia is as guilty as Jordon in this matter.

Tell The Australian government to stop the transportation of sheep

Every year, millions of Australian sheep are crammed onto multilevel, open-decked ships bound for ports in the Middle East and North Africa. When they arrive, they are dragged to shore as if they were sacks of coal, and their throats are cut while they are still conscious.

PETA US and Animals Australia have recently released the results of a joint undercover investigation that exposed unspeakable cruelty in the live-export trade. The horrors revealed in the investigation show the real-life experience of thousands upon thousands of sheep.

No animal should ever suffer the hellish conditions of the live-export trade or the terror of cruel slaughter methods.

Take action below by contacting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and asking him to put an end to this horrific practice today.
There is a template letter. Please personalise, add your own thoughts, but if this is not possible please just send as it is
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=4690&c=pukfpaa

Please consider writing a postal  letter which is often more effective. You can use the template as a guide.

The Hon Toney Abbott’s contact details
Parliament Office
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=EZ5

You can use an on-line form
http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Please also write to Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce:

Click the link below to send an e-mail. Again please personalise if you can.

http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=8801

You can also use as a template to send a postal letter

Hon Barnaby Joyce
Parliament Office
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

More ways to contact Barnaby Joyce:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=e5d
Please do the best you can.

More From Animals Australia.
This page includes more information including the full length footage of the above film if you can stomach the brutality of what is supposed to be a religious festival.
http://www.banliveexport.com/features/sheep-suffer-in-street-slaughter.php

Also see

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/investigation-appeal/

Jordon is not alone in allowing such ill-treatment of animals, Israel also is responsible for the inhumane treatment of animals shipped to them by Australia.

Cruel treatment of Sheep In Israel

New footage has revealed Australian animals being punched, kicked, hit and thrown while being unloaded from two livestock vessels in Israel

http://www.banliveexport.com/take_action/disembarkation-cruelty

Cruel Treatment of bulls in Mauritius
http://www.banliveexport.com/beyondwords

Cruel Treatment of Australian sheep in Kwait Market
http://www.banliveexport.com/take_action/kuwait-sheep-sold-illegally/

After reading the above I am appalled. Toney Abbott says live export “is a good industry”. It might be good for those who make a profit but for the unfortunate animals who suffer this hideous cruelty it is anything but.

The best action and outcome of course would be the end of animal exploitation for food, clothing and entertainment – certainly for barbaric misplaced religious festivals which bear no resemblance to the spirit of the religions concerned. It appears to me that in all societies the world over those who get pleasure from harming defenceless creatures find outlets to do so and sadly religious festivals provide such an opportunity. Another excuse for appalling barbarism is the four-yearly massacre of hundreds of animals in Nepal for the Gadhimai Jatra festival:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm Also – http://www.stopanimalsacrifice.org/

 

Within the tenets of Islam are found strong support and guidelines for the protection and compassionate treatment of animals. Here is an example emphasising the importance of treating animals in the same way as one would treat a human being:

“A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being”

The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith

The people of Jordon who carry out such cruelty to any sentient creature might want to heed the words of the Prophet Muhammad.

The ideal situation would be a vegan world where no one sends animals thousands of miles away to suffer horrific death at the hands of sadistic monsters who do not respect the creatures they believe their God created, and who show no compassion that their respective religions teach.

Please do no feel complacent as here in the west we have our own brutal massacre – Turkeys at Christmas time. While there are laws to prevent unnecessary cruelty it does not mean that such brutality does not happen.An abattoir I can well imagine provides an outlet for those in our society who derive pleasures from harming animals.

As anyone who has ever visited my website http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/ knows I have a soft spot for sheep. They are such gentle and intelligent creatures…yes intelligent. Did you know that sheep are able to recognise up to fifty different faces for up to two years! Here are some of the attributes of sheep often overlooked in order for greedy profiteering agricultural businesses to exploit them:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm



Gentleness and intelligence aside sheep are sentient beings, they feel pain and suffer as we do. Sheep like us are mammals they have a brain and a nervous system so of course they suffer.

Please take all or some of the actions above  help to stop sheep and cattle being sent to Jordon and elsewhere to suffer horrendous cruelty.

Related Links

Be sure to visit Animals Australia for more actions to take to help animals
http://www.banliveexport.com/

Important

There has been an update of retailer contact details  to Please Help Rabbits Tortured for Angora

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/please-help-rabbits-tortured-for-angora/?relatedposts_exclude=1401

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