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SAT 17 OCT: National rally to end live exports!

SAT 17 OCT: National rally to end live exports!

Posted 12 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: live export, sheep, rally

Have you had enough of animals suffering at the hands of law-breaking live exporters? It's time to make your voice heard for animals.

This Saturday 17th October, caring Aussies across the country will demand justice for the Australian sheep who cruelly had their throats sawn open while fully conscious during this year's Festival of Sacrifice.

What our investigators uncovered during the festival was nothing short of criminal. Watch the latest proof that certain live exporters are acting like they're above the law ...

WARNING: This video contains distressing cruelty. Please choose not to watch if you feel you might find it too upsetting. You can find rally details below.

Our investigators found thousands upon thousands of Aussie sheep being illegally sold for sacrificial slaughter. In backyards and makeshift abattoirs they were killed by untrained slaughtermen. Often sheep stood by and watched others of their kind being brutally butchered.

And the Government continues to give offending exporters the okay to export more animals!

We're determined to make sure that live exporters who break the rules are charged for their crimes -- and to see an end to this cruel trade. Join us in demanding justice for Australian sheep on Saturday 17th October. Click on your city to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Find a rally near you:

  • Sydney
    Top of Martin Place, 12 pm
  • Canberra
    Federation Mall, Parliament House, 12 pm
  • Brisbane
    Parliament House, 1 pm
  • Fremantle
    Peter Hughes Drive (in front of E shed markets), 12 pm
  • Adelaide
    Parliament House, 12 pm
  • Melbourne
    Parliament House, 1 pm
  • Hobart
    Parliament Lawns, Salamanca House, 3 pm

The only thing left to do is sign up for an SMS reminder and download your live export rally placard to take along on the day.

I hope to see you there :)

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Posted 27 January 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, Animals Australia, Ban Live Export

Yep. You saw right. That's a big ass Ban Live Export bus wrap! How cool is that?

Here it is again:


Recognise that face? This bull's story is one that I will never forget and if you've heard about him I'm sure you feel the same way. His face said more than words ever could. He was helpless and terrified and awaiting a cruel death :( His suffering was unnecessary.

Live export is a crime against animals. Fact. And we're determined to make sure that animals like the weeping bull never get forgotten by making him SUPER visible. You'll be able to spot his face on buses in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and on taxis in Canberra and Adelaide as of RIGHT NOW.


And he'll be popping up all over the country in no time on more taxis and buses aaaaand even billboards!


How bout that :) I'll keep you posted on where you can spot these as they go up. Where would you like to see one? We're hoping that this campaign will force the big decision makers in our country to open their eyes to the cruelty of live export. Because the truth is that we know that caring Australians like you already support an end to this awful trade. And our Government should reflect what Aussies want right?

You can help send home the message that live export is a crime against animals and we need to end it by taking the time today to write to your local politician. You might like to include our 'Ten reasons the world won't end when live export does' (because politicians can be a bit dramatic about these things.)

Let me know if you spot a Ban Live Export bus, taxi or billboard in your hood. We won't stop fighting for him!

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VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

Posted 23 December 2014   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: video, Year in Review, good news, Make it Possible, live export, Animals Australia, Unleashed, puppy farms

Have I told you how amazing you are lately? Why? Because this is what you helped us achieve in 2014...

So thank you for every letter you sent, friend you informed, petition you signed, and rally you attended. You've helped transform the lives of countless animals this year. So I'm just going to leave this here...


If you want to make 2015 even bigger for animals, here are 2 simple ways you can have a big impact:

1. Join the Unleashed Action Team so you can help stand up for animals with us.

Super hero cats.

2. Try vegan in January to save lives and stop cruelty.


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Here's what you need to know about live export right now

Here's what you need to know about live export right now

Posted 8 October 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: live export, sheep, Eid

As I write this, our brave live export investigators are returning from the field after documenting one of the darkest times of the year for animals -- the Festival of Sacrifice, or Eid. Tragically, millions of animals are sacrificed during these celebrations across the Middle East and Asia. Hundreds of thousands of animals exported from Australia are among them.

What is the Eid?

The Festival of Sacrifice is a religious holiday honouring the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of devotion to Allah. Seeing Ibrahim's commitment, Allah gave him a lamb to sacrifice in place of his son. So during the Eid, many Muslims today sacrifice an animal and share the meat amongst family, friends and the poor.

But just like many people here don't support the way animals are treated in our own country, many locals in the Middle East are opposed to the cruelty that goes on during the Eid. In fact, some of our investigators are local Muslims who share our goal of a kinder world for animals. And some Islamic leaders have also spoken out, saying that the way animals are being treated does not fit with Islamic teachings.

Why does cruelty occur?

Just as Christmas is a peak time for animal suffering in Australia -- with millions of pigs, turkeys and chickens killed for the Christmas table -- the Festival of Sacrifice is the worst time for animals in the Middle East.

Sadly, whenever animals are slaughtered on masse, cruelty and suffering is bound to occur. For Australian animals who are exported for the Eid this is made even worse -- since most of these stressed out animals aren't used to regular human contact, and the people killing them often have little experience slaughtering animals, and even less experience handling Australian animals. What's it like?

Animals Australia investigators have documented sheep being tied up, shoved into car boots and loaded on to the back of utes. Stressed bulls are tripped with ropes and then have their legs tied together, so that they are helpless to protect themselves. Most of these unfortunate animals then suffer a terrifying death -- their throats cut while fully conscious by men with little or no slaughter experience or by overworked abattoir workers.

The city streets literally run red with the blood of slaughtered animals as they're killed outside houses and on the street itself.

Understandably this is not just a hard time for animals ... it can be extremely confronting for a lot of people too. Alaa Sharshar, the owner of Vegan Kitchen -- Egypt's first vegan restaurant -- told The Guardian that ever since he was a boy he has had to get out of Cairo on the day of the sacrifice.

Alaa Sharshar -- Vegan Kitchen. Photo: Patrick Kingsley for the Guardian

And I can imagine that I would definitely have to do the same after watching this short video of the streets of the Gaza Strip on the first day of Eid. This video gives you a small glimpse of what it would be like to be out on the street during this Festival. But please BE WARNED that you might find it distressing to watch. There's no actual slaughter filmed but there are body parts of animals shown and lots of blood :(

What does it have to do with us?

Australia is the largest live exporter in the world and every year during the Eid hundreds of thousands of Australian animals -- mostly sheep and cattle -- are exported to the Middle East and Asia for sacrifice. Live exporters have seen the shocking cruelty that awaits animals at the other end, but they load them onto ships and send them anyway.

[Ask your MP today to put a stop to this cruel trade.]

What are we doing about it?

While live exports continue Animals Australia will be there documenting and exposing cruelty that occurs, and campaigning for a ban. In the last 2 years, we've made 31 reports of illegal activity in the live export trade and campaigned alongside countless caring people like you to bring an end to live exports for good.


What can I do?

This trade needs to end. We've seen time and time again that politicians can't promise that rules won't be broken and that animals won't be mistreated. You can help by writing to your MP about the cruelty of the live export trade and asking them to support a ban. Click here to send your political representative a message today.

However, there is another problem here and that is that whenever there is a mass demand for animals to be killed for 'food' -- cruelty occurs. While it may not be happening right in front of us in the streets, animals here in Australia are often roughly handled as they are led to slaughter and if you've ever watched footage from inside an abattoir you'll know the terror animals can experience as they're taken to be killed.

A recent investigation by Aussie Farms into a NSW pig slaughterhouse shows that pigs scream and thrash about in terror as they are lowered into gas chambers -- a process which is described as the most 'humane' slaughter method. Click here to judge for yourself.

The demand for meat in Australia is so high that over a million animals are killed every single day. Every single day! And, like the Eid, many of the holidays we celebrate here centre around a feast and animals can suffer as a result. For example, the number of turkeys killed for meat goes up dramatically in the lead up to Christmas :(

But it doesn't have to be this way. More and more people are making sure no animals are harmed for their food, and reducing the demand for meat, by simply taking animals off their plate. You can make that choice starting today.


There's heaps of meat-free recipes for you to try out right here. And if you need any tips for a cruelty-free Christmas, I can solidly recommend the festive roast from Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher. Check out the Chrissy feast I had last year:


Zomg it was so good. Feel free to tell me how totes jel you are below :)

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How to make a BAG difference for animals :)

How to make a BAG difference for animals :)

Posted 30 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner, factory farming, live export, activism

"If we don't do something now, when will we?" – Jasmine Roney, age 16

Can you remember when you first learned about the terrible things that happen to animals? I remember feeling disbelief and wondering what I could do to help. When Jasmine learned about cruelty, she felt empowered to act.

In 2012 Jasmine started making calico bags with original designs on them to raise funds to help animals in factory farms and in the live animal export trade. These might seem like big issues for a 15 year old to tackle but as Jasmine quickly learned, we are not alone in wanting to help animals :)

Fast forward to now – here is a picture of Jasmine and Costa from ABC's Gardening Australia at the launch party for her Bags for Change project in Richmond :)


Jasmine raised a whopping $1800 for animals by selling her fair-trade, reusable bags. (You can still purchase a bag for yourself at the Bags for Change Facebook page.)


There was also a raffle with donated prizes from companies who supported Jasmine's cause AND an art competition with an awesome 60 entrants!


It all started with the decision to make a difference. As Jasmine says, "for one second be bold enough to think that you can change the world because the ones who are brave enough to think that are the ones that do."

Is there an issue of cruelty that really gets to you? Do you have an idea to help change the world for animals? You can start your very own fundraising page by clicking here and filling out the details about your project. Or you can choose one of the challenges suggested :)

Jasmine wrote to us after her bag launch and said, "you all inspire me every day." Well Jasmine, I can speak for all of the Unleashed team when I say that you inspire us!

We were so moved by Jasmine's passion when we heard about her project. And we just can't get enough of hearing about the awesome things that people get up to to be a strong voice for animals. So if you're doing something awesome, get the credit for it you deserve by entering our Activist Challenge comp.


P.S. If you'd like to leave a message of support for Jasmine, you can do so in the comments below :)

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BREAKING: More Gaza bull cruelty exposed!

BREAKING: More Gaza bull cruelty exposed!

Posted 15 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Gaza, action

I hate being the bearer of bad news, so I promise there's a silver lining at the end of what I have to tell you ...

Australian bulls are being abused in Gaza ... again :(

You might remember in November last year we uncovered dozens of videos online of cruelty in the Gaza Strip during the Festival of Sacrifice. Sadly, our local investigator has found not only that this cruelty is still happening but the same exporter is implicated ...

In fact, in the last 10 months, this exporter (Livestock Shipping Services), has been reported for breaking the rules 10 times. 10 times in 10 months! And yet they're still exporting animals. It just doesn’t make sense, right?

For animals, these broken rules have meant terrible suffering ... like this:

WARNING: This video is very graphic, so if you don't need to see it to know that it's cruel, I suggest giving it a miss and scrolling on down to see how you can take action for animals.

How can a company that is responsible for ^this be trusted with more animals? Bulls having their eyes stabbed, leg tendons slashed, throats sawn at again and again with blunt knives. Animals watching on as their mates are brutally slaughtered, knowing that this same fate will soon befall them. No one deserves that.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? The system is not working. The Government simply can't guarantee that animals in the live export trade will be protected from brutal treatment.

The good news is ... (here's that silver lining I promised you) ... every time we expose cruelty to animals in live export we give politicians another reason to oppose this terrible trade ... and more and more politicians are becoming a voice for animals in Parliament.

Will your MP be the next to speak out against the live animal export trade? Click here to send a strong message to your representative to support an end to the trade on your behalf.

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2013: Biggest year yet!

2013: Biggest year yet!

Posted 23 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: Year in Review, video, Make it Possible, live export, dairy, bobby calves, puppy farms

This has been a HUGE year for animals. And it wouldn't have been possible without you. :) Celebrate this year's best bits with our year in review vid:

If you shared our campaigns, went to a rally, emailed a politician, handed out flyers, made a pledge against cruelty or did anything else to speak up for animals this year then give yourself a massive high five!


Next year, we'll be keeping up the fight for a better world for animals. To make sure you don't miss any of the action in 2014, join the Unleashed Action Team.

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The Gaza Files

The Gaza Files

Posted 12 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Gaza, action

#8 ...two men kicked and shoved him, trying to knock him over...

#18 he tried to run, he tripped and fell forward, landing heavily on his head...

#9 ...the slaughterman paused, whilst cutting into his throat, to pose for a photo...

Each of these stories of Australian bulls were filmed by local people in Gaza during the 2013 Festival of Sacrifice and uploaded to YouTube. They, along with 19 others, make up the 22 cases of live export cruelty exposed by Animals Australia this week.

Read enough? Click here to take action for Australian animals.

The live export industry would prefer you didn't see these images. But these animals deserve to have their stories told. Because none of this should ever have happened.

The suffering of these animals show how easily live export regulations – which are supposed to protect them - can be disregarded. The two major political parties in our country still support live export. BUT they also say that regulations must be met and animals must be treated 'humanely'.

The Gaza files clearly show that the system is failing to protect animals from cruelty. That's where you come in. We need your help to get this critical evidence into the hands of your political representative and urge them to stop live exporters from putting animals at risk of such horrendous abuse. Do you accept this mission? Click here to deliver the stories of these 22 Australian bulls to your Federal MP.

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No words.

No words.

Posted 8 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Mauritius, action

This bull couldn’t move. He couldn’t speak. But in his last moments, he said more than words ever could:

(What happens to the bull next has been edited out of this version, but you can watch it here.)

Helplessness... desperation... fear... it’s difficult to imagine what was going through this bull’s mind as he lay bound, on the gravel, awaiting his fate. His last moments, in a backyard in Mauritius were captured by Animals Australia's investigators. What he endured won't be forgotten, and it will be exposed.

Sadly, countless other Australian bulls also suffered violent and tragic deaths during the Festival of Sacrifice, this October, in Mauritius. (You can watch the full investigation here).

None of this should’ve ever happened. Our investigators witnessed Australian bulls being sold illegally for private slaughter direct from the importer’s feedlot. They had been abandoned to suffer.

Animals like the bull in this video need your help to make sure their suffering does not go unnoticed. Click here to help share this bull’s story.

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Live export #fail

Live export #fail

Posted 14 October 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, sheep, action, Kuwait, Jordan

I’ve gotta share a sad story with you I’m afraid…

Tomorrow, this Australian sheep is destined to be brutally slaughtered in Kuwait, on the first day of the annual Festival of Sacrifice. Sadly, he's just one of thousands of sheep who will suffer tomorrow. They will be sold on the streets, stuffed into car boots, and butchered in back streets and makeshift abattoirs. It will all happen with the acceptance of live exporters. And it will all be illegal.

These sheep are supposed to be protected from what is about to happen. And yet our investigators have found thousands of Australian sheep being sold illegally at roadside markets, in Jordan and Kuwait, where they were never allowed to be. AND their ear tags had been removed, in what appears to be an attempt to hide the identity of the exporter.

Now for some good news: This investigation has exposed that live exporters clearly don’t intend to play by the rules. But they’re shooting themselves in the foot. Every time we expose that they’re breaking the rules, it comes back to bite them. 

They say “anything worth having is worth fighting for.” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) And while we haven’t ended live export yet, with every investigation, and every action you take we make it harder for them to export animals, more expensive and, as a result, the numbers of animals being exported decreases (#win).

Today, you can be the voice for these animals! Help remind our politicians that the only way to protect sheep from this brutality is to stop the live export trade once and for all. Take action NOW!

  • If you’re over 18, head here to let your MP know that you support an end to live export.
  • If you’re under 18, click here to tell the PM where you stand.
  • Help us continue to hold exporters to account for cruelty by clicking here to sponsor an Animals Australia investigator.

Every time you speak up for these animals, you bring us a step closer to ending the live export trade. So thank you for speaking out today!

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Koalas are so smart!

Koalas are so smart!

Posted 23 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: live export, politics, election, vote, koalas

What do all the boxes mean? How can I make my vote count most for animals? Why aren't 'hugs' on the election agenda? Everything I know about preferential voting I learnt from Dennis the Election Koala and Ken the Voting Dingo.

(Note: There's a few rude words in this, and a cartoon dingo gets slapped, so if that's not your cup of tea you might want to click here for something lovely instead.)


(Hmm ... 'ban live export' must've slipped off the bottom of the page there. Do you know where your MP stands on important animal welfare policies? Click here to help put animals on the political map by submitting a report for your local member.)


Thanks Dennis! (Want to do your bit for koalas like Dennis? Click here to help stop the tragic suffering of koalas in Vic and SA due to the carelessness of timber companies.)

What other policies do you think Plom should look into?

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How to make the election campaign more fun than reality TV.

How to make the election campaign more fun than reality TV.

Posted 6 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: live export, politics, election, vote

07.09.2013 = election day. Which means for the next month, there is going to be one question on everyone’s mind: which of Australia’s Next Top Prime Ministers has the X Factor to win Project Election Runway? To help us get through a month of non-stop ads with politicians holding smiling babies and super-fast-authorisation-messages at the end, I’ve come up with four 2013 election games to make this season of federal campaigning the funnest yet!

This Is The Voice Chart:

Let’s face it, when all the pollies wear the same shade of blue, it can be tough to figure out the difference between the lot of them. ABC’s Vote Compass gives you a chance to turn away from the faces on the screen and really figure out which one has the ‘it factor’ for you. Hit your buzzer on the issues that matter to you and the Vote Compass will clearly map out which of the three major political parties is the best match for what you care about. Click here to find out who is your perfect (political) match.

My favourite part of The Chart is this question: ‘Live animal exports should be banned.’ Live export has officially made it through the battle rounds and in to the top 30 issues on the political agenda. Why? Thanks to you! Which brings me to my next favourite 2013 election campaign game ...


The Amazing BLE Race:

Last month we reached one million actions taken against live export! That’s one million times that people have spoken up for the victims of this cruel trade, such as Jacob, Dudley, Tommy, Brian, Bill and Arthur.

But the race is not over! (And the action counter has certainly not slowed down.) You can join the amazing race to ban live export by heading here to complete challenges and track your progress. (Don’t forget to get your best race buddy in on it too!)

Minute To Get In It:

Normally in Minute To Win It the challenges are a lot harder than they seem. Well, Minute To Get In It is actually as simple as it sounds! ‘Get in what?’ I hear you asking. Get in the greatest game of all time – the game of Australian politics. Ok, that might be slightly OTT but if you haven’t done so already, click here to register to vote. Voting is the easiest way to have your say about the things that are important to you. You need to enrol before Monday 12 August in order to win. What’s the prize? The opportunity to be heard at tribal council in Australian politics! Yay!

And last but not least,

Who wore it better?


NOTE: Animals Australia now has a neat political map to help you find out how animal-friendly your electorate is. Click here to write a ‘report card’ for your MP and put animals on the political map.

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We still need an independent voice.

We still need an independent voice.

Posted 1 August 2013   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: live export, Independent Office Animal Welfare, action

I have some good news and some bad news to share with you. Let's start with the good news...

Your voice is having an impact! The Labor Party clearly feel they need to respond to community concern about animal welfare.

If you've contacted the Labor Party about animal welfare, then you probably received the same email I did overnight. (If not you can read a copy of it here.) They are claiming a 'win' for animals. When we first got wind of this announcement we were excited too. And at first glance it looked good.

But as they say, the devil is in the detail.

The Minister of Agriculture has announced a new position: 'Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports'. It sure sounds impressive, but here's where I need to share the bad news with you. Despite the name, it turns out that this role is primarily about supporting live export :(

The new position's primary role will be reviewing what we already know is an inherently flawed live export system, but they will have no actual powers to change anything. They will report to the Agriculture Minister, whose primary interest is the profitability of the agriculture industry. Therefore the conflict of interest still exists and the voices of animals will continue to be overshadowed.

That's why an office for animal welfare -- independent of agriculture -- is so desperately needed.

And while the position itself is not the win for animals we were hoping for, there is still one very big positive. This announcement is a clear sign that our pollies are listening to us and they understand that animal welfare is a serious issue that they cannot ignore.

The other good news is that there is still a policy on the table that would address this properly -- an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. An IOAW is not only Labor policy but it is supported by most of the party.

Thanks to your tireless efforts, clearly Labor now know they need to take action on animal welfare. Now help us encourage them to take real action for animals.

TAKE ACTION by emailing Labor HQ: [email protected]. Thank them for representing your concerns but make sure they know that this is a position that primarily supports live export, that you oppose live export and that only an Independent Office of Animal Welfare will give you any confidence that the interests of animals are really being looked after.

Then head here for more ways to remind Kevin Rudd that animals need truly independent representation.

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You're sorry for what?

You're sorry for what?

Posted 24 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, action

I've got to be honest with you, most of the time I find politics kind of a snore. Words like chambers and constituencies make my brain go into Homer Simpson mode. (Although, if you say 'caucus' ten times over it’s bound to make you giggle).

However, my ears pricked up at some political news I heard today. The Coalition leaders want to apologise to Indonesia, on behalf of the Australian people, for the temporary suspension of live exports in 2011. Excuse me? I'm an Australian person. Don’t be apologising on behalf of me, thank you very much.

There were very good reasons for stopping the export of cattle to Indonesia. First up, animals were being abused and brutally killed.

Secondly, the Australian people called for a ban. After Four Corners exposed the shocking cruelty to cattle in Indonesia, people rallied across the country and politicians' inboxes were flooded with emails from people calling for an end to live export.


The Coalition leaders appear to have forgotten this. (Which is why I think the world should be run by elephants. Elephants never forget.) Tony Abbott, Julie Bishop and Warren Truss -- three big-wigs in the Federal Coalition -- have all expressed the 'need' to apologise to Indonesia.

Hold up, 4 out of 5 Australians support the campaign to end live export altogether. So how the Coalition government imagines that this apology is representative of the Australian people is beyond me. They would effectively be apologising for trying to end some of the worst animal cruelty ever documented in the live trade. And we should NOT be apologising for trying to prevent animal abuse.

In my opinion there is someone else they should be apologising to: the millions of Australian animals who have, and continue to, suffer in the live export trade. Despite 'safeguards' introduced by the Australian government, since 2011, cruelty to exported animals has continued to be exposed -- in Indonesia (again), Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan, Israel, Mauritius, Egypt and Malaysia.

I think our pollies need a reminder that Australians care about the treatment of our animals and we should not be apologising for trying to protect them from cruelty. Click here to send a message to the leaders of the Coalition that they won't be representing you if they apologise to Indonesia.

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Goats too?!

Goats too?!

Posted 21 May 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: live export, goats, action, Animals Australia, investigation, video

We all know Australia exports sheep and cattle for slaughter, but did you know we also export goats? :-(

A new Animals Australia investigation has revealed MORE cruelty in the live export industry, this time in Malaysia, and this time to goats! This is the first footage of exported goats ever released and they are literally screaming out for help.

Animals Australia's investigators witnessed goats being roughly handled, shoved into bags and stuffed into the boots of cars. When these unlucky animals arrive at their final destinations, stressed out and frightened, they have their throats cut while fully conscious.

It is absolutely clear that live export rules aren't working. EVERYWHERE we look in this trade, we find cruelty.

What happened to these goats really makes me sick. Worse still, we've also recently uncovered footage of a poor bull, we've named Jacob, who was one of many animals brutally killed in Egypt .

Want to put your foot down against live export cruelty? Then take action today:

If you're 18+, head here to tell your MP to ban live export.
If you're under 18, click here to tell the PM whats what!

It is a little known fact that goats have been known to show unconditional love, just like a dog. So show some love for goats and together we can make a difference for them!

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Thousands rally against live exports!

Thousands rally against live exports!

Posted 8 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep, rally, action

Check these pics and clip out! People power in action...

On the weekend, countless numbers of people, young and old, took to the streets to call for an end to live exports. Simultaneous rallies were planned for capital cities across the country, speakers were confirmed, banners were made, and friends were invited. On the big day, a tidal wave of compassionate Aussies swept into the streets calling for an end to live exports.

See more rally photos from around the country!

You might already know that live export shipments from Australia have ended in a series of tragedies for animals over the last few weeks. Mother cows and calves have died from heat exhaustion and neglect in Qatar, and thousands of sheep have been stabbed, clubbed and buried alive in Pakistan.

The worst part is that these last few weeks haven't been some bizarre out-of-the-ordinary experience in the live export industry. Since the trade began, there has been no way that anyone can protect Australian animals once they leave our shores. This has seen them become victims of horrific treatment at their final destination.

Investigation after investigation by Animals Australia has shown the terrible fate that awaits Australian sheep and cows who have been exported. And with each investigation, opposition to the cruel trade grows among the Australian public. More and more people are calling for a ban on live exports, including members of the current government!

From east to west a collective voice was heard very clearly - Australians want an end to live exports. It really was an awesome day with a great atmosphere. How could it not have been though, when you get thousands of animal lovers together in one place :D

If you went along to a rally - thank you! Now we need you to keep the rally going. If you're 18 or over, let your local politician know that you're over live exports. If you not quite 18 yet, then you can still get a message to the PM telling her what you think about this cruel trade. Together, we have to speak up for the animals - because they can't do it themselves.

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Ban Live Exports National Rally!

Ban Live Exports National Rally!

Posted 2 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep, rally, action

Important dates during the year: your birthday ... and this Saturday!! This Saturday is the Ban Live Exports National Rally - when people all across Australia will join together to show their opposition to the cruelty that is live exports. It's time to get your rally on!

Find out what's happening and how you can help in your capital city!

Ban Live Export National Rally


Saturday October 6


Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart.


for times & locations in your city and more info visit

The horror stories coming out of Pakistan even as you read this blog are just the latest in a long history of animal cruelty cases which can be pinned on the live exports industry. In case you don't know what's been happening in Pakistan lately - here's the basics.

After weeks stuck on a ship in sweltering heat ... and then being confined in mud-filled pits with hardly any access to water and food and barely enough room to lie down ... Australian sheep have been killed en masse in the most brutal way. Workers have been stabbing and clubbing the harmless sheep and even burying them alive in the same pits dug for the dead sheep.

Of the original 21,000 sheep who left Australia there are now just 10,000 survivors. They have endured heat, hunger and brutality while watching thousands upon thousands of their woolly friends die.

This type of pain and fear can never be justified. The steady stream of horror stories as a result of live exports proves that it can never be fixed. That the trade continues sends a message to the rest of the world that Australians accept animal cruelty. If that's not what you're about this is your day to stand up to live export!

This Saturday thousands of people around Australia will be speaking up for the victims of live exports - because the victims can't speak up for themselves.

Tell your friends, tell your family ... tell your friends' families! This Saturday is going to be huge. Grab this opportunity to speak up for the animals, and demand an end to live exports. A kinder world is possible if you want it to be.

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Live exports - Australia's shame.

Live exports - Australia's shame.

Posted 21 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep

You may have heard a lot in the news recently about the live export of Australian sheep and cattle to overseas countries. The amount of animals involved and the amount of suffering they have to go through makes live exports one of the most serious cases of animal abuse in Australia. If you love animals, it's definitely an issue you'll want to know all about.

Live exports is in crisis at the moment, with tragedy after tragedy unfolding. It might be a bit confusing keeping a track of what is happening where, but hopefully this map will help make it clear for you. (Sorry North and South America - there just wasn't enough room for you! NZ, you missed out, too.)


BAHRAIN: 21,000 sheep were stranded aboard a ship in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, in soaring temperatures for 2 weeks(!!) after Bahrain refused to accept them. Every extra day stuck on a ship results in more animal suffering and more deaths.

The sheep on this ship were eventually offloaded in PAKISTAN. There they are being held in overcrowded mud-filled pens and their ability to lie down or reach food and water is severely restricted. Authorities there are supporting a plan for a mass kill and for their bodies to be thrown into large pits.


KUWAIT: A similar situation to Bahrain unfolded in Kuwait, with Australian sheep left in limbo out at sea for a week, suffering through high temperatures and confined spaces. Eventually these animals were unloaded. But sadly, that wouldn't have been the end to their suffering. They then would have been killed fully conscious.

dairy-suffering-in-qatar-4.jpgQATAR: Of 250 dairy cows sent to one property, over 60 of them died in one week from thirst, hunger and heat stress. One vet technician said that these gentle animals "were frying from the inside out". Of 10,000 sheep sent to the same property ... only 3000 are left. To make this tragedy even worse - the property owner is planning to import another shipment of dairy cows later this year. Lend your voice to help stop this plan immediately.

EGYPT: 2 shiploads of cattle face an uncertain future as the Egyptian govt is refusing to allow them to be slaughtered. These cows have been stuck in sweltering heat and cramped feedlots for weeks now.

INDONESIA: 11,000 cattle are stranded in Indonesian feedlots after the govt there "rejected" them. These cows cannot come back to Australia because of our quarantine laws, so they are stuck in limbo, some of them since May! This is despite the fact that 94% of them are pregnant or have given birth since arriving.

The cruelty of live exports cannot be denied. The misery for animals begins from the moment they step onto boats at the port. They have no idea what will happen to them - BUT YOU DO! You can help protect sheep and cows in Australia by demanding an end to live exports. Join Animals Australia's campaign to shut down this terrible trade. Take action now!


"Like a giant mass of wool, bloodied and filthy, they lay in trenches, slit open, stabbed or clubbed to death, while many still wriggled with some life left in them, soon to be buried alive."

This is the scene emerging from Pakistan, where stranded Australian sheep now face an unimaginably horrible death.

Footage from Pakistan shows confused and scared sheep being stabbed and clubbed and their bodies being dumped into trenches. Some of them are still visibly alive when they are pushed into the pit.

This is what the boss at an exporting company said of the scene."I have watched the video and let me tell you that ever since I have seen those gruesome visuals, I haven't eaten or slept." And that's coming from the guy who sent the sheep there in the first place!

There is a tragedy of immense size unfolding in Pakistan and it can be traced directly to the cruel industry of live exports. Help end this cruel trade forever!

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50 cows make a break for it!

50 cows make a break for it!

Posted 11 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: cows, live export, cattle, video, FREEDOM

As Australians, we love the underdog. We cheer on the unlikely hero, hoping they'll overcome all odds, and get the happy ending they deserve. When I heard of the mass cow breakout in Broome earlier this week, there was part of me that couldn't help but cheer the heroes on.

Of course, I realise that when cows are on the loose their own welfare is at risk. But sadly, where they were headed before they escaped was likely to be much worse. And their dash for freedom was a little reminder that if animals had a choice, there would be no live exports and no slaughterhouses.

Broome is an absolutely beautiful place. Unfortunately it's also a loading port for Australian cattle being sent overseas. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that animals who are exported don't have much to look forward to. The journey is stressful enough, but even that doesn't compare to being slaughtered fully conscious in a country with no animal cruelty laws. (btw, you can help end the trade with just 30 seconds of your time).

Now, cows aren't dumb, so it's no big surprise that some of them made a daring moo-ve (awful pun, sorry) to escape. In a stirring moment, around 50 of the bovine rebels made a break for it! Some dashed inland, some headed to the coast.

This story of animals making a break for freedom is one that occurs many times throughout the year. Sometimes the lucky escapees even get to live full, contented lives on sanctuaries. This particular incident is tinged with sadness though. Of the cows that escaped, 16 headed out to sea, with only seven able to be rescued. The rest drowned.

On the flip side, around 20 of the "Friesian Fighters" (a nice pun for the cow fanciers out there) are still livin' large, roaming the scrublands around Broome! How long they'll be free for is anyone's guess, but I've got my fingers crossed that they never again see the inside of a truck, ship or slaughterhouse.

Maybe the Broome escapees had found inspiration in this song?

n.b. Of course, I'm not suggesting that cows be armed with rifles. That would be ridiculous -- like suggesting that 12 year olds be allowed to go hunting by themselves (or tbh ... at all!). That'd be nuts! Oh wait ...

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Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Posted 29 February 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, video, investigation, ABC, cows, Animals Australia

So did you see the live export story on ABC last night? If not, let me fill you in...

They aired shocking footage from a new Animals Australia investigation in Indonesia. (btw, you can check out the story here) I don't know how many times pollies need to see animals being packed on ships, sent to countries with no laws to protect them, and brutally killed before they'll get it. It's pretty obvious to the rest of us: live exports = animal cruelty

Last year, the government introduced a new system and promised we wouldn't see these horrible images on TV again. Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig has been saying today that "What this actually demonstrates is that the system does work." But I'd like to get a second opinion: Does this look like a system that's working to you?

P.S. If you want to pester your pollie about banning this bloody business, drop in here.

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Check out our Year in Review video!

Check out our Year in Review video!

Posted 13 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: video, Animals Australia, year in review, live export, factory farming, milk, wool, sheep, cows, chickens

Gosh, what a year it's been! Animal rights hit the mainstream in a big way in 2011. Check out this inspiring vid by Unleashed's big sister, Animals Australia for some of the highlights:

We just want to say a big 'thank you' to you for everything you've done to support our campaigns this year. If you attended a rally, wrote emails or letters, took action on our website, or did anythign else to support our work, then thank you for helping us have such a big impact for animals in 2011.

Here's to another great year in 2012!

p.s. Don't forget to share this video with your friends on facebook and twitter to show them what you've been a part of achieving in 2011.

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Animals Australia gets the thumbs up from Gruen!
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Animals Australia gets the thumbs up from Gruen!

Posted 15 September 2011   by         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: The Gruen Transfer, live export, fur, battery hens, vegetarian, video, Animals Australia, advertising

A couple of weeks ago, I was chuffed to see the panel on The Gruen Transfer discussing Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia's very own Ban Live Export television ad!

Not only that but they discussed quite a few ads from different groups on really important topics like fur, battery hens, going veg and an ultra clever ad on the destruction caused by unsustainable palm oil. Check out the discussion - it gets pretty heavy!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on all the ads. Which was your fave? What tactics do you think work better than others and why? Do you have any great ideas for tv commercials that raise awareness for animals?

Oh, and check out Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia's latest joint ad to ban live export here!

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Cow jumps ship -- swims for freedom!
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Cow jumps ship -- swims for freedom!

Posted 9 September 2011   by         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, cow, cattle, Darwin, Indonesia

What would you do if you were being loaded onto a massive ship to spend weeks at sea, crammed in with thousands of others in sometimes stifling temperatures, standing in your own waste until you are finally offloaded in a country where no laws protect you from cruelty and being slaughtered fully conscious...?

I don't know about you, but if I had any inkling of what was to come I'd jump ship! And that's exactly what one cluey cow did last week, while being loaded onto a live export ship in Darwin.

Rather than accept her fate as part of the cruellest trade in Australia, this brilliant Brahman escaped the loading races and plunged into the sea in a bid for freedom. And who could blame her?

Export ships leaving Darwin port take cattle straight to Indonesia, and if you saw the Four Corners report in May you'd know why this cow would not want to end up there! Animals Australia filmed cows being kicked, whipped, eye gouged, having their tails broken, and slapping their heads on concrete that forms part of horror restraining boxes that the Australian government had installed.

Eventually the swimming cow was pulled out of the water, but still kicking and bucking, she clearly didn't want to be "saved" and put back on the ship. Her fate is now unknown.

Even more tragic is that this is not the first cow to make a break for freedom. Apparently others before her have tried to save themselves, but it looks like we'll have to do it for them. Please click here to send a letter to the Prime Minister and ask her to end this barbaric trade for good!

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Protesters stay loud for live export victims!
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Protesters stay loud for live export victims!

Posted 8 September 2011   by         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: live export, protest, activism, photos, Animals Australia, South Australia, Western Australia

In just over two weeks, hundreds of people travelled from far and wide to join Animals Australia campaigners in Port Adelaide for five protests, shining a spotlight on the cruelty of live export. What an amazing effort by South Australians! And now the people of Perth are stepping up to make their voice heard too.

This all began when an old car carrier, converted into a live export ship, carrying 67,000 sheep, broke down after one day at sea. The ship went back to Port Adelaide but the animals were not immediately unloaded. Instead, they remained stuck on board in cramped pens. Around 300 animals died on board the Al Messilah in just 10 days!

Sadly, these deaths are not unusual. In fact, on every ship that leaves our shores hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of animals die. But what was unusual is that it happened under our noses, for all Australians to see. And with every one of the protests making the nightly TV news, the protesters guaranteed that the animals suffering would not go unnoticed.

After suffering on board the broken down ship for 10 days, the animals were finally unloaded and sent to a feedlot, their fate uncertain. But these animals weren't safe for even two weeks before another boat, the Al Shuwaikh, arrived to load them for the trip to the Middle East -- to countries with no laws to protect them from cruelty.

Over three consecutive days, hundreds of people turned out at Port Adelaide to call for an end to the cruelty. On the final day, as the boat readied to set out, people laid flowers in a memorial to the victims of live export -- the thousands that die on board ships each year and the millions that are slaughtered fully conscious :(

On each of the last three days of protests, the exporters seemed to be trying to avoid the protesters (and media), first delaying the ships arrival, then delaying loading and then rushing to load animals through the night before the protesters returned. Does that sound to you like an industry with nothing to hide?

All thoughts today are with the sheep onboard the Al Shuwaikh, which has just arrived in Fremantle, and with the wonderful people of Western Australia who were out in force at Fremantle Port today, to again highlight just how cruel this industry is and show our politicians that Australians will not stay silent while animals continue to suffer in this trade.

If you want to hear of urgent actions near you, sign up to Animals Australia's SMS alert service here.

Were you at any of the protests in Port Adelaide or Freo? Share your experience in the comments.

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RADelaide rallies for sheep!
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RADelaide rallies for sheep!

Posted 22 August 2011   by         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: rally, activism, live export, sheep, Port Adelaide

On the wharves of Port Adelaide, an animal welfare crisis has been unfolding.

A run down live export ship (actually a 28 year old converted car carrier) hit mechanical trouble when it set out for the Middle East with 67,000 sheep on board and was forced to return to Adelaide after just one day at sea. Trapped on the ship and crammed into tiny pens for over a week, 300 sheep died on board.

After a last-minute protest last Wednesday by Animals Australia, Unleashed members and around 70 locals, the sheep were finally offloaded and sent to a feedlot north of Adelaide.

Then on Saturday, as sheep were still being offloaded, more than 300 people gathered again at the docks to demand these sheep be shown some mercy. They've been through so much already! It's unthinkable that the live exporters still want to ship them back to the Middle East where they will have their throats cut while fully conscious!

Adelaide really stepped up on ultra short notice and I'm pretty proud of my hometown right now. But we still don't know yet what the fate of these poor confused sheep will be. We will be keeping our voices loud for them and I hope you will too.

Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page for any new protests that will be coming up, and sign up to the Action Team here so we can alert you to any last minute rallies quick as a flash!

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Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Posted 16 August 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

Were you one of the thousands who came out to voice their opposition to live exports at the Ban Live Export National Rally on Sunday? What an amazing turn out and what an amazing atmosphere!

Thank you to everyone who helped send a strong message to politicians that Australians want this cruel trade stopped. If you made it along to the rally, leave a comment below. We'd love to hear about your experience of the day!

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The Black Spurs say Live Export Ain't Right!
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The Black Spurs say Live Export Ain't Right!

Posted 10 August 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: The Black Spurs, It Ain't Right, live export, video, music, activism

I don't know about you guys, but I lurrrrve my Rock and Roll! It's no secret that I'm pretty fond of animals too so when I heard that The Black Spurs had written a song about banning live export, I was interested.

Nothing prepared me for how awesome the song is though! Check it out!

The footage that Animals Australia filmed in Indonesia of the cruel live animal export trade was enough to outrage guitarist GG Twang to pen the powerful lyrics. But then, he went one better, and donated the song to the Ban live Export campaign!

Yep, all the proceeds from this little pearler go to Animals Australia and for $1.69 on iTunes it's cheaper than a soy latte!

If you're in Sydney, you can see The Black Spurs perform "It Ain't Right" at the Sydney Ban Live Export National Rally this Sunday 14th August.

For everyone else, I reckon we should learn the words and sing them loud and clear at the rallies in all the other major cities this weekend.

Get your rock on guys, and let's rally together to Ban Live Export!

It Ain't Right - The Black Spurs

Herd them into ships, to sail the open seas
The lucky don't survive, the stress and disease
To feeding lots far and wide, on foreign sovereign ground
To take their final rest before the butcher's killing ground

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

Slaughter box is open, leg ropes tied and bound
A mighty slap as the Brahman's back, hits the concrete ground
One by one they follow, trembling in their stride
To face the blade of the butcher's trade, conscious and alive

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

The politicians argue, the experts disagree
Live export is no answer, let's end the suffering
Let's start to think it over, find a better way
Cause right is right and wrong is wrong stand up and voice a change

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

I can't say for you, but it's plain to me
It ain't right to mistreat life cause pain and misery
We need to feed the world, every family
But not forget to show respect for all that lives and breathes

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

GG Twang 2011

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Let's Get Ready to RAAAALLLYYYYYY!
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Let's Get Ready to RAAAALLLYYYYYY!

Posted 5 August 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Live export, activism, rally, cows, sheep

I'm so excited for the Ban Live Export National Rally I could burst!
Sunday 14th August is the day that legendary people all over the country can rally together to Ban Live Export.

The rallies in each state are shaping up to be huge, with stacks of people clicking "Attending" on the Facebook events. And if you're in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra or Hobartyou can help us make this even bigger!

And I know there's heaps of people everywhere that were horrified by the footage out of Indonesia that might not be able to make it to a rally but still want to get involved, and you can help too! Here's how:

Spread the word on Facebook. Post this rally page to your wall. Make sure you RSVP there and to your city's Facebook event page (click on your city above). Then invite everyone on your friend list! Get crafty and make some banners! Click here for some ideas on slogans and pictures to use. Be as creative as you want! (Just keep in mind that kids will be there, and that the focus of the rallies needs to stay on banning live export ;) Here are some our of faves:

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Last (but absolutely not least), know where to go! Click here for all the rally deets to make sure you've sussed out the location and how you're going to get there in time for all the action to start. (Parking might be limited so you may need to take a bus, train, tram, helicopter :-P)

Oh! And just to get you in the mood (or maybe this is just my excuse to rock out) check out this clip by The Black Spurs. All about the live export trade, I reckon "It Ain't Right" will be #1 before we know it. First person to learn all the words gets ... um, massive Unleashed cred!

See you on Sunday August 14! Don't be late!

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Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)
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Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)

Posted 20 June 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

On the weekend, thousands of people attended rallies in cities nationwide with one very clear message for Prime Minister Julia Gillard -- Ban Live Export!

If you missed the rally (or even if you did make it!), the animals still need you to make voice heard: Take part in the Virtual Protest to ban live export. Check it out!

Head here to upload your own protest video now and tell Julia Gillard "If you can't hear the animals, hear us!"

Tonight the campaign train visits the Australian Parliament with Independents Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon and Greens' Adam Bandt introducing bills that, if passed, would finally see an end to live export.

We'll keep you posted on that news. In the meantime - Lights. Camera. Action to ban live export! We can't wait to see your video :)

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Get Active to Ban ALL Live Export!

Get Active to Ban ALL Live Export!

Posted 10 June 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: live export, cattle, cows, take action, Animals Australia

It's amazing to think that since 4 Corners exposed those shocking images of Australian animals being brutalised in Indonesia, that hundreds of thousands of Australians have spoken out for the animals, and as a result the trade to Indonesia has been suspended. Who would've thought we could achieve that in just over a week!

This is a big win in the campaign to end all live animal export and just goes to show what we can achieve when we work together. But the campaign is not over yet! This suspension will do nothing to protect millions of Australian animals from having their throats slit whilst fully conscious in other countries that Australia exports animals to.

If ever we needed all hands on deck, then it's now! You might have heard... Just over a week from now (on 20th June), two bills will be submitted to Parliament, which if passed will end live animal export for good. Let me say that again... FOR GOOD!

Tbh, there has never been a better chance of stopping this trade than these bills. Which is why it's sooooo important that we keep up the pressure in this campaign and send the message loud and clear to the big wigs in govt that Aussies want an end to this cruelty.

Animals Australia has just launched a National Week of Action, to put pressure on pollies to support a ban on live export. So if you're old enough to vote, get your arse over to Animals Australia and get active ;)

And if you're not old enough to vote, then we've got another important project for you:

Send a message to Julia Gillard to tell her that you want to grow up in a country that cares about animals -- and doesn't send them to be brutalised in other countries. Click here to write a personal message to the PM on her webform.

This is fast becoming the biggest campaign for animals in Australia's history! And this is your chance to be a part of it!

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Massive News! Live Export Suspended!
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Massive News! Live Export Suspended!

Posted 8 June 2011   by         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, campaign, animals australia, sheep, cattle, cows

This morning the campaign to Ban Live Export scored a massive win for the animals! The Gillard Government announced they have suspended the entire live trade to Indonesia.

For the moment, this means cattle like Bill, Dudley, Brian, Arthur and Tommy are safe from being shipped to brutal slaughterhouses in Indonesia, but this campaign ain't over yet!

Despite evidence of cruel treatment to Australian animals in other countries, such as throughout the Middle East, Julia Gillard's government has done nothing to prevent Australian animals from being sent to these destinations. The only solution to protect Australian animals from the cruelty of live export, is a total ban on the trade. And on 20th June, Tassie MP, Andrew Wilkie, and SA Senator, Nick Xenophon, will be submitting a bill that, if passed, will do just that -- ban live animal export!

Writer Margaret Mead once said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Unleashed members and Animals Australia supporters have certainly proved this true in the last week!

Over 235,000 people have signed a petition to Ban Live Export, and Julia Gillard has received more than 100,000 emails in her inbox from shocked Aussies urging her to end the cruelty. People are continuing to donate to get television and radio ads to air. And the Animals Australia and Unleashed Facebook and Twitter pages have been running hot all week with posts, comments and tweets from caring people who have simply refused to let the government to turn a blind eye to animal cruelty.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the campaign so far, has been that the Meat Industry Council has reported a 10-15% DROP IN MEAT! Not only is the government rethinking it's support of this terrible industry, but the Australian public is questioning whether they can trust an industry that knew about the abuse in Indonesia more than a decade ago and yet was still willing to send animals to that terrible fate.

Thank you to everyone who has spoken out and been a part of this campaign so far!

With just over a week to go until the bill to ban live export is tabled in Parliament, it's time to ramp up the campaign! Don't let Julia Gillard and your local MP off the hook until they Ban Live Export for good!

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Overwhelming response to live export campaign!

Overwhelming response to live export campaign!

Posted 31 May 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: live export, vid, campaign, Animals Australia

Wow! What a BIG day...

After 4 Corners' story on live export last night, we've been absolutely flat out! All our websites are at absolute capacity (you've probably noticed)! That's a whole lot of Aussies who want live export stopped for good!

You'll have to bare with us if the Unleashed site doesn't get updated quite so regularly in the next few days... but you can follow every step of the campaign on Animals Australia's Facebook page and join the #banliveexport discussion on Twitter.

And if you haven't already, please make your voice heard: call on Julia Gillard to ban this dreadful trade before any more animals have to endure this horrible fate:

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Save this date: Live export exposed!
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Save this date: Live export exposed!

Posted 25 May 2011   by         Permalink | 37 Comments

Tags: live export, investigation, Animals Australia, sheep, cattle, cows

Mark this date in your diary, because you won't want to miss this! Everyone is talking about the story that will air on Monday night (30th May) on Four Corners! The program will feature never-before seen footage from Animals Australia's recent investigation into the treatment of Aussie cattle exported live to Indonesia.

Check the countdown now --!

Every year, millions of animals born into Australian care are exported live, to be killed in countries where there are no laws to protect their welfare.

Over the past seven years, Animals Australia has carried out investigations into the treatment of animals exported live to the Middle East. Footage from past investigations has repeatedly shown the live export industry is happy to export animals to countries regardless of how badly they will be treated. When exposed on national TV, evidence provided by Animals Australia led to a ban on live sheep exports to Egypt, and created massive public opposition to the cruel trade.

This coming Monday night, ABC1's Four Corners will air exclusive footage of exported Australian cattle filmed by Animals Australia investigators in Indonesia.

So tune in and tell all your friends and family to watch this groundbreaking story!
Four Corners airs at 8:30PM, Monday 30th May on ABC1.

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Live Exports Exposed in The West Australian!

Live Exports Exposed in The West Australian!

Posted 9 December 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: live export, advertising, Western Australia, TV

If you're in WA and open up The West Australian today, then make sure you turn to page 14. 'Cause we've put in an open letter from Animals Australia about live exports.

If you've seen the footage of how our animals are treated at the other end, then you've got to wonder... Is Australia really so strapped for cash that we'd turn a blind eye and keep sending animals to endure such blatant animal cruelty?

Last week's story on the 7:30 Report led to an overwhelming public response - with people outraged that our governement would let this cruelty continue.

If you haven't already, please take action to call on our government to get off the sheep's back for once and end live exports.

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Don't Miss The 7:30 Report Tonight!
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Don't Miss The 7:30 Report Tonight!

Posted 2 December 2010   by         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: live export, investigation, TV

UPDATE! If you missed the 7.30 report, watch it online here!

Animals Australia's latest investigation into live animal exports to the Middle East is going to be front and centre on The 7.30 Report tonight (ABC1 at 7.30pm duh!)

Tune in to see undeniable proof that this trade is cruel, with first hand accounts from our lead investigator, Lyn White.

This is an important opportunity to influence public and government opinion. Footage aired from Animals Australia's 5th investigation led to such big public outrage that the trade of sheep to Egypt was banned! So we need as many people as possible to be watching tonight! Please make sure you encourage everyone you know to tune in.

For starters, please update your Facebook/Twitter status to let everyone know they should check it out. Then make sure to tell all your family and friends about it.

After the program tonight, we need people to make their voice heard. So please speak up for the animal by clicking here to email the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture to ask that they do the right thing and ban the live animal export trade for good! (And while you're at it, you could always post a link to that action on Facebook and Twitter too!)

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Spot the Difference!

Spot the Difference!

Posted 8 April 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: live export, spot the difference, MLA, sheep, advertising

Welcome to the first of our exciting "Spot the Difference" series! We find that animal abusers are continually suffering from absurd delusions that animals like being locked in tiny cages that they like being mutilated, and that skinning them alive is not such a bad thing You just have to take one look at their advertising to realise this. In short, we think they're a bit out of touch with reality. So we thought we'd give them a helping-hand and point out what a normal, sane person (who doesn't make money from animal cruelty) can clearly see.

That brings us to our first Spot the Difference candidate. You could almost forgive the live export industry for suggesting that Australia has the 'world's best practice' when you see what they think a live export ship looks like. The sticker below was sent out by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to try and convince people that shipping animals half way round the world only to be killed is much like sending them on a luxury cruise (or is it their depiction of Noah's Ark?).

MLA's Live Export Joke

And here's what cramming tens of thousands of frightened animals into a live export ship actually looks like.

Sheep on an actual Live Export Ship

Sadly that's not the worst of it. Thousands of Australian animals die on these old ships every year, and those who survive the long journeys have their throats cut whilst fully conscious at the other end which makes live export one of the cruellest industries on the planet.

So over to you what tips would you have for MLA to help make their live export stickers a little less laughable? Can you spot the difference?

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