I’d be doing a surgery such as an eye removal on a bull, kneeling inches deep in shit and urine as the ship rolled, and wonder if in the future this trade would be abolished like slavery and the world would look back in wonder and shame that it was ever considered acceptable.
Dr Lynn Simpson
Firstly as a vegan I am opposed to what is referred to as “live stock” farming in any form be it organic, small holding or factory farming. There is now no need to kill any animal for his or her meat, meat is not a natural food for human beings, it never was and never will be.
In the exploitation of animals for their meat and other derivatives there are of course many degrees of cruelty and one of the worst is the live export of animals most often to countries where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever and where these animals are treated with appalling cruelty after spending a grueling hellish journey by sea to their destination.
If you do not have time to read this article please at least sign the petition below and scroll down to take the other recommended actions. There are a lot of actions you can take please take as many as you can.
Immediate Action – scroll down for more actions to take to ban live export
The Australian Government is being pressured to allow Australian ponies, horses and donkeys to be sent overseas for slaughter.
“On 24 May 2017 the Australian Government Department of Agriculture confirmed that it had received a number of enquiries about exporting horses, ponies and donkeys “in large numbers for slaughter” and that it was developing regulations to facilitate the trade.”
Let’s stop this before it starts. It is shocking enough as it is with the live export of sheep and cattle without the addition of other animals.
Please sign and share petition to the Australian Parliament calling upon the Senate to prohibit the live export of ponies, horses and donkeys, once and for all.
It is time for a complete ban on the live export of all animals
As you can see by the poem above by W.H Davis live export is not new – You can read more further down concerning Davis’s experiences on a live export ship over a century ago.
In modern times the cruelty is even worse as you can read in the link below which also includes other cruelties during the exploitation of sheep. Warning graphic images of appalling cruelty which most people will find upsetting
Sheep and Lambs
An Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery Presentation from All-Creatures.org
If you still need to ask what is wrong with live export please read the following
Most animals who are exported live for slaughter have their throats cut while fully conscious. Millions have died at sea. Some 43 investigations have revealed that in destination countries, many animals endure routine abuse and brutal slaughter in places where laws do not protect them from cruelty
Click the link below to continue reading about the cruelty of live export and why it needs to be banned and actions you can take to help get it stopped.
Also check out Stop Live Exports Org
Still not convinced, watch the following video Warning extremely shocking images that will break your heart
Please read the following from PETA:
Live Export: ‘Shipping’s Modern Slave Trade’
“More than 200 million animals have been crammed onto filthy cargo ships over the last 30 years, and more than 2.5 million of them have died. And of course, every single one was an individual who felt fear and pain.”
End live export, in fact end all live stock farming. Millions of sentient beings slaughtered year in and year out while living miserable lives in factory farms.
Ways you can help to bring about the end of live export.
The most simple and most effective is to change to a vegan diet. Though of course this will not have an immediate effect therefore other actions must be taken to secure an out right ban now!
Petitions to end live export
There are many petitions on-line, here is a small selection
From Animals Australia’s website Ban Live Export be sure to click the Take Action section and sign the following petition:
PETITION to end live export cruelty
Anyone from any county may sign – please share widely
A petition from Azaaz
Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (South Africa): BAN Live Animal Export. Please sign and share this petition:
Help End the Hideously Cruel Live Export Industry by sending a message to Australian High Commissioner asking him to put an end to this horrific practice today.
Help the RSPCA Australia’s campaign to end live export and send an e-mail to australia’s government officials:
Below is a list of suggested actions you can take which I have pasted from the PETA link above Live Export: ‘Shipping’s Modern Slave Trade’ . Please take as many of these actions as you can:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
By taking the following actions, you can help prevent animals from suffering on live-export ships:
- Sheep used for their fleeces are often shipped to the Middle East for slaughter once they’re no longer profitable to the cruel wool trade. Don’t subsidise the live-export industry: never buy wool, and encourage family and friends to avoid it, too.
- Sign PETA’s petition asking Barnaby Joyce to end the live export of animals, and urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action immediately against this cruel trade.
- Sign up for PETA Asia-Pacific’s Activist Networkso that you can stay informed about events and protests in your area.
- Share information about the cruelty of the live-export industry on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
- Write letters to your local newspaper or call in to radio stations to inform readers and listeners about what happens to animals who are shipped overseas. Check out this letter-writing guide to get started.
- PETA can provide leaflets that explain the cruelty of live export. Post them on community message boards, include one with every bill payment, or hold your own leafleting event or protest. E-mail us to get a stash of leaflets or for more information.
Live Export and its cruelty is not a new, in the early 1900s W.H Davis in this poems Sheep and A Child’s Pet describes the hardship of live exportation.
When I was once in Baltimore
A man came up to me and cried,
“Come, I have eighteen hundred sheep,
And we will sail on Tuesday’s tide.
“If you will sail with me, young man,
I’ll pay you fifty shillings down;
These eighteen hundred sheep I take
From Baltimore to Glasgow town.”
He paid me fifty shillings down,
I sailed with eighteen hundred sheep;
We soon had cleared the harbour’s mouth,
We soon were in the salt sea deep.
The first night we were out at sea
Those sheep were quiet in their mind;
The second night they cried with fear —
They smelt no pastures in the wind.
They sniffed poor things for their green fields,
They cried so loud I could not sleep:
For fifty thousand shillings down
I would not sail again with sheep.
A Child’s Pet
When I sailed out of Baltimore,
With twice a thousand head of sheep,
They would not eat, they would not drink,
But bleated o’er the deep.
Inside the pens we crawled each day
To sort the living from the dead;
And when we reached the Mersey’s mouth
Had lost five hundred head.
Yet every night and day one sheep,
That had no fear of man or sea
Stuck through the bars its pleading face,
And it was stroked by me.
And to the sheep-men standing near,
‘You see,’ I said, ‘this one tame sheep?
It seems a child has lost her pet,
And cried herself to sleep.’
So every time we passed it by
Sailing to England’s slaughterhouse,
Eight ragged sheep-men — tramps and thieves —
Would stroke that sheep’s black nose.
The quotes below are from Davies autobiography
“We also had on this trip two thousand head of sheep, quartered on the hurricane deck. When we were six days out there came a heavy storm, and the starboard side was made clean, as far as pens and sheep were concerned, one wave bearing them all away. This happened at night, and on the following morning the sheep men were elated at having less work to do during the remainder of the voyage. The cattle, being protected on the main deck, and between decks, and their breath filling the air with warmth, make the cattleman’s lot far more comfortable than that of the sheep-men. The condition of the cattle can be seen without difficulty, but ten or fifteen sheep lying or standing in the front of a crowded pen, may be concealing the dead or dying that are lying in the background. For this reason it is every morning necessary to crawl through the pens, far back, in quest of the sick and the dead.”
Here is Davies’ account of the cattle pens during the voyage again from his autobiography
“I shall never forget the first night’s experience, when the cattle were brought to the ship in a train of cars. A large sloping gangway was erected to span the distance between ship and shore, and up this incline the poor beasts were unmercifully prodded with long poles, sharpened at the end, and used by the shore cattlemen. The terror-stricken animals were so new to the conditions, that they had no notion of what was expected of them, and almost overleaped one another in their anxiety to get away. What with the shout of savage triumph, and the curse of disappointment, and the slipping and falling of the over-goaded steers, I was strongly tempted to escape the scene. As the cattle were being driven aboard, we cattlemen, who had signed for their future charge, caught their ropes, which we were required to fasten to a strong stanchion board. Sometimes one would run up behind, and prevent himself from turning. On one of these occasions, I crossed the backs of others, that had been firmly secured, so as to force this animal to a proper position. The animal, whose back I was using for this purpose, began to heave and toss, and at last succeeding in throwing me across the back of the other, this one tossing and rearing until I was in danger of my life, only the pressure of the other beasts preventing him from crushing my limbs. Taking possession of his rope, I held it to a cattleman, who was standing waiting and ready in the alley, and he quickly fastened this refractory animal to the crossboards.”
“Up till the fourth night we had experienced no bad weather, and the cattle had been quiet and requiring little care. On this particular night my attention had been drawn several times to a big black steer, which, time after time, had persisted in lying down. At last, in pity for the poor beast, I let him rest, thinking to get him into a standing position at the last moment, when I went off duty, after calling the foreman and his men. But when that last moment came I failed in all my efforts to raise this animal, whose joints, I suppose, had become stiff after a prolonged rest. I was not therefore greatly surprised when the foreman came, after I had gone off duty, to the forecastle, with the complaint of having found a number of cattle lying down, and one, he said, in particular, which must have been lying down half of the night. ‘When I left the cattle,’ I said, ‘nothing seemed to be wrong.’ ‘Come up and see this one,’ he answered. I followed him on deck, and there I saw several cattlemen standing in front of a pen, in which I recognised the big black steer. He was now lying full length in the pen, the others having had to be removed for his convenience. ‘See this,’ said the foreman, ‘this creature should be standing. Twist his tail,’ he continued, to a cattleman, who at once obeyed. During this operation another cattleman fiercely prodded the poor creature’s side with a pitchfork, which must have gone an inch into the body. At the same time another beat the animal about the head with a wooden stake, dangerously near the eyes. The animal groaned, and its great body heaved, but it made no attempt to move its legs. ‘Wait,’ said the foreman then, ‘we will see what this will do.’ He then took out of his mouth a large chew of tobacco, and deliberately placed it on one of the animal’s eyes. My heart sickened within me, on seeing this, and I knew that I would have to be less gentle with these poor creatures to save them the worst of cruelty. In a second or two the poor beast, maddened by pain, made frantic efforts to rise, tried again and again, and after seeing its great sides panting, and hearing a number of pitiful groans, it succeeded in the attempt.”
“It was our duty to keep the cattle standing, and not to allow them to rest too long on their knees; and not [to] let them, on any account, stretch full length in the pens. One reason for this was that a kneeling steer would be overstepped by his nearest neighbour, and if the latter happened to rise, their ropes, which were so fastened as to give them very little freedom, would be tightened and crossed, bringing their heads together in such close proximity that they would make frantic efforts to escape each other’s presence. And another reason for not allowing them to lie down for any length of time was that their joints would become so stiff as to make them almost incapable of rising, though goaded by the most heartless cruelty. I used the most humane methods to attain this end, and sought to inspire terror in them by the use of a most ferocious war-cry, which often succeeded. If that failed to raise them, I struck them with a flat stick on the haunches, which they could scarcely feel, at the same time not forgetting to use my voice. Not succeeding in this, I resorted to the old remedy, which rarely fails, standing at their backs and twisting their tails. A bullock can kick in any direction. There is terrible power in his side kick, also his front kick, throwing his hind leg forward with a speed that is remarkable for such an unwieldly animal. But his back kick, when you stand back to back with him, has not the least power to cause hurt. The other watchman and myself had about an equal number of cattle under our charge, and when I was in difficulty he kindly came to my assistance, and I did likewise for him, although he seldom seemed to need other help than his own. We made our rounds about every half hour. Sometimes I found a steer in the alley; by some means or other he had cleared the head board and, still being a prisoner, stood-fastened outside the pen instead of inside. Another time we would find one standing with his tail to the head-board, instead of his head, owing to the rope getting loose, or being broken; after which he had turned himself around to see if there was any way of escape behind him. It required great care, in cases of this kind, to place them again in their original positions.”
The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp
About HW Davis
The situation is more dire nowadays and the cruelty and abuse more extreme and extensive.There are most likely few people such as Davis who made some attempt to avoid cruelty when possible. I cannot understand the mindset of any person who participates in such abuse of another living being.
The barbarous cruelty of the live export trade needs to end now consigned to history where it belongs.
Live Animal Export Australia’s Shame
RSPCA fears for Australian ponies, horses and donkeys facing live export for slaughter
Australia’s ponies, horses and donkeys are next on the Australian Government’s live export hit list, facing a perilous journey before being slaughtered overseas for their skin and meat.