End Live Sheep Exports

Labor wants to end cruelty in the live sheep export industry. 

It’s clear this is unsustainable and simply has not changed for the better - despite constant promises and many reviews. 

The Government had a chance to act in a meaningful way - it failed.

Labor will stop the northern summer sheep trade at the first opportunity and phase out all live sheep exports over time.

This is about ending the cruelty and supporting our sheep farmers to be sustainably profitable in the future, creating more local jobs. 

Sign the petition and send a message to Morrison - end the cruelty now.

Who's signing

Dawn Morris
Lynn Clift
Peter Walsh
Jeannine Barrett
Sherree Doodson
Deborah Wolf
Jan Dallas
Lynn Adderson
Jenny Barnes
Camilla Owen
Judy Hungerford Hungerford
Natalie Van Leekwijck
Penny Johnson
Michelle Lee
Ann Glenane
Daniele Sartorel
luisa novak
Sara O'Grady
Jacqui Jewell
Julie Hamilton
Merril Shead
Patrick Stevenson
Maureen Kaupins
Lesley Skellly
Philippa Schroeder Schroeder
gaye mallinson
Rachel Chase
Natalie Stevenson
Estelle Tsenin
1,151 signatures

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  • Dawn Morris
    signed 2018-09-12 11:40:57 +1000
  • Lynn Clift
    signed 2018-09-12 11:37:56 +1000
    Please end this cruel industry. We are better than this. Australia let’s show the world we stand for decency, kindness and truly a ‘fair go’
  • Peter Walsh
    signed 2018-09-12 11:34:37 +1000
    Peter G Walsh
  • Jeannine Barrett
    @jgbarrett tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-12 11:30:36 +1000
  • Jeannine Barrett
    signed 2018-09-12 11:29:41 +1000
  • Sherree Doodson
    signed 2018-09-12 11:06:38 +1000
  • Deborah Wolf
    signed 2018-09-12 10:48:53 +1000
  • Jan Dallas
    signed 2018-09-12 10:38:21 +1000
    The live export trade has repeatedly shown it’s incompetence and greed, not even thinking to limit the numbers carried by, say, the amount which normally has to die en-route, nor choosing appropriate times to ship. They lack the imagination to find ways of making their trade acceptable, yet maintain that it is sustainable. This is just a desperate money grab by people who can’t do their job properly. Send them back to TAFE. Oh, that’s right, TAFE is being removed. Like the ABC.
  • Lynn Adderson
    signed 2018-09-12 10:32:25 +1000
    Its time to end this terrible trade as we are supposed to be a civilized Country.
  • Jenny Barnes
    signed via 2018-09-12 10:28:06 +1000
  • Camilla Owen
    signed 2018-09-12 10:17:15 +1000
  • Judy Hungerford Hungerford
    signed 2018-09-12 10:13:23 +1000
  • Natalie Van Leekwijck
    signed 2018-09-12 10:12:02 +1000
  • Penny Johnson
    signed 2018-09-12 10:11:37 +1000
    Animal welfare groups are regularly receiving calls from concerned farmers who no longer want to participate in the live trade and are looking for alternatives.


    Millions of Australians are supporting a measured phase-out for live sheep exports because they want farmers to have a more sustainable and secure future, away from this volatile and high-risk trade.


    This talk of a city/country divide is just not backed up by the facts – independent polling commissioned by the RSPCA and conducted in April this year found almost 7 out of every 10 Australians in rural/country areas and towns want to end live exports.


    More people in rural and country towns than anywhere else (just under 95%) are concerned over the inadequacy of current standards in the trade.


    The poll also found that overall, around 3 in every 4 Australians across the country want to see live sheep exports phased out.


    I have seen videos of cattle with half their head cut off and blood gushing out in the Middle East. I have seen sheep have their throats cut multiple times, and they struggle as the blood runs out of their throats. Boys in the Middle East cruelly kicked a cow who was about to be slaughtered multiple times. In Egypt, they stab cattle in the eyes and slash their tendons while they are still conscious.


    Thousands of gentle sheep have been trapped inside ships. They can’t lie down without being trampled. Some can’t reach food or water. Soon, these ships will turn into giant ovens, literally ‘cooking’ some animals alive. Animal poo and urine gets into the feed troughs, this is gross for the animals. Live export is cruel and should be stopped and replaced with chilled meat slaughtered in Australian (creating jobs) and exported to the Middle East. The Middle East is willing to accept imported chilled meat.


    Live export violates regulations and laws:

    Failure to prevent animals being transported in a way that is likely to cause harm.

    WA State Animal Cruelty Legislation

    Failure to meet the health, welfare and physical needs of animals on board.

    Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

    Failure to ensure all animals can access food and water on demand.

    Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

    Failure to promptly identify and treat or euthanise sick and injured animals.

    Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

    Failure to ensure ewes are not pregnant.

    Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)

    Failure to provide all animals enough space to lie down.

    World Animal health organisation (OIE) Standards

    Failure to provide adequate ventilation to ensure animals don’t overheat.

    World Animal health organisation (OIE) Standards

    Failure to prevent overcrowding that compromises animals’ ability to regulate their own body temperature.

    World Animal health organisation (OIE) Standards

    Failure to cancel shipments during extreme heat conditions.

    World Animal health organisation (OIE) Standards


    Please help stop live export.



    Kind Regards




    Penny Johnson
  • Michelle Lee
    signed 2018-09-12 10:11:35 +1000
  • Ann Glenane
    signed 2018-09-12 10:10:50 +1000
    Ann Glenane
  • Daniele Sartorel
    signed 2018-09-12 10:09:35 +1000
  • luisa novak
    signed 2018-09-12 10:05:41 +1000
  • Sara O'Grady
    signed 2018-09-12 09:58:27 +1000
    Live export of sheep is cruelty to animals on an industrial scale. How did we sink so low?

    Animals intended for consumption should be slaughtered IN AUSTRALIA and exported as chilled meat. BAN LIVE EXPORT
  • Jacqui Jewell
    signed 2018-09-12 09:57:53 +1000
    Lets stop this money-grubbing barbaric act forever.
  • Julie Hamilton
    signed 2018-09-12 09:55:07 +1000
  • Merril Shead
    signed 2018-09-12 09:54:56 +1000
  • Patrick Stevenson
    signed 2018-09-12 09:51:01 +1000
    Live animal export will be banned in Australia. Delaying the end will simply further line the pockets of a few self interested people and cause even more unimaginable suffering to millions of animals.
  • Maureen Kaupins
    signed 2018-09-12 09:48:52 +1000
  • Lesley Skellly
    signed 2018-09-12 09:46:57 +1000
    Lesley Skellly
  • Philippa Schroeder Schroeder
    signed 2018-09-12 09:44:11 +1000
    Please end this cruelty!! I always voted for liberals but they no longer have my support – makes me sick
  • gaye mallinson
    signed 2018-09-12 09:44:03 +1000
  • Rachel Chase
    signed 2018-09-12 09:41:27 +1000
  • Natalie Stevenson
    signed 2018-09-12 09:40:28 +1000
    The live exporting of any live animal is cruel and unnecessary and should be banned.
  • Estelle Tsenin
    signed 2018-09-12 09:39:48 +1000