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How Many Sheep Died On Live Export? 913 sheep (2.5%) die due to heat stress and enteritis/salmonellosis on a voyage to the Middle East. Note – over 200 sheep died before the ship even left Australian waters (a formal complaint was lodged with WA authorities).
How many sheep die during live export? The average mortality rate was 0.8%, up from 0.62% in 2015. The total number of sheep that died on live export ships was 14,182.
How many animals die from live animal export? Figures from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources indicate that more than 2.5 million animals have died on live-export ships before reaching their destination, often from starvation – as they don’t recognise the pellets they’re given as food – or heat stress.
How many animals are on a live export ship? Live export carriers can carry up to 70,000 animals on up to 10 decks, each fitted with fixed pens and metal non-slip flooring.
Every year, around three million live animals are exported from Australia for slaughter overseas. Cattle, sheep and goats are shipped long distances in conditions which result in illness and death for a significant number of individuals.
the exporter has control of all supply chain arrangements for livestock transport, management and slaughter and all livestock remain within in the supply chain. the exporter can trace all livestock through the supply chain. the supply chain in the importing country is independently audited.
Live export is used to send stock to multiple international countries. Due to this, Australian sheep producers sent animals to different countries that were willing to pay big dollars for high quality, disease free stock.
The export of live sheep, cattle and goats for slaughter gives rise to serious welfare problems — these relate to the conditions animals experience during the journey itself, resulting in extensive suffering and high death rates, and to the treatment of animals once they reach the importing countries.
For the animals inside, the trip from factory farm to slaughterhouse is one of the most horrific experiences of their short lives. In fact, 4 million broiler chickens, 726,000 pigs, and 29,000 cattle die in transport every year in the US alone.
In a world-leading move, the New Zealand Government has announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade. The decision follows a heartbreaking event in September last year which saw a New Zealand live export ship capsize and sink off the coast of Japan due to a cyclone.
The government said it would strengthen standards as it gains greater powers since leaving the European Union and will introduce the new ‘Animal Sentience Bill’ to parliament on Thursday.
The Chinese are now buying up Hog & Poultry Operations in the US to ship live animals overseas to be processed and sent back to the US. Now they can use all the ingredients and chemicals and additives the USDA says is really bad for you and can’t be used in the United States.
As countries have become richer and more technologically advanced, the availability of meat has grown exponentially. And as developing countries become richer, the demand for meat has grown. But whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan, live animal export really boils down to two driving factors: economic and moral.
The export of live animals for slaughter is inherently high-risk, with decades of repeated evidence of suffering and cruelty. The RSPCA believes live animal export should be phased out in favour of an increased trade in boxed and chilled meat from animals that have been humanely slaughtered here in Australia.
It’s already illegal. Your voice can help get animals off these death ships — for good. Every animal ‘exported’ for slaughter is an individual.
They are high yielding, often the heaviest and best value (per kilogram) red meat option in the market. Local businesses can use not just the meat, but the entire animal for different products. It strengthens breeding and herd numbers with quality genetics.
“The total live export trade in terms of farm revenue is about $1.8 billion,” said Mr Dalgleish. “That doesn’t include the multiplier effect of other business that are associated with the live export industry like fodder suppliers, livestock agents, vets, transport operators, port workers.
Australia leads the world in animal welfare practices. The Australian Government does not tolerate cruelty towards animals and will not compromise on animal welfare standards. Australia is the only country that requires specific animal welfare outcomes for livestock exports.
You can help make a difference by joining Stop Live Exports as a member, make a donation or purchase from our online store. All proceeds go directly towards our continued efforts to stop the cruelty of Australian live animal exports.
Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment. Protecting an animal’s welfare means providing for its physical and mental needs.
Other key markets include Israel, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico and China. The major markets for Australian sheep are Kuwait and Jordan. Other key markets are Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Qatar. Australia’s main market competitors are from China, South America and North Africa.
New Zealand will ban the export of livestock by sea after a two year transition, citing animal welfare concerns. Australian exporters of dairy heifers are “in the box seat” to pick up lucrative trade from NZ.
Exporting live animals is currently a legal, highly regulated and ethical practice, despite Australian exporters having made the export industry more humane, activists have tried to ban it. In August 2011, two bills went to the Australian Parliament to end live export due to inadequate animal welfare.
Transport to the Slaughterhouse
They are crammed onto trucks where they typically go without food, water, or rest for the duration of the journey, which can sometimes be days. Many cows collapse in hot weather; in the cold, cows sometimes freeze to the sides of the truck until workers pry them off with crowbars.
The foundation of New Zealand’s economy is exporting agricultural commodities such as dairy products, meat, forest products, fruit and vegetables, and wine. Dairy is the lead export commodity. Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings.