Further update – 1020hrs GMT (England) 3/6/20.
I (Mark) put this new post from Lyn out early on 3/6 to give you the great news from AA about the summer export ban standing.
You can check out our earlier post on this, relating to what it is about, by clicking on
In addition, on this past post I included some old archive information for you to read from October 2018 – regarding Kuwait Livestock and Trading (KLTT) and its Australian subsidiary, Rural Export Trading WA (RETWA), who made this special appeal to continue shipping in the Summer months.
We immediately sent a message of solidarity to our campaigner friends at Animals Australia last week; both of us united in the fight against this disgusting trade; and on 1/6 we had a super message back from Jacqui at AA thanking for being united in support with them. As you can see below, the fight on this particular has paid off and the sheep will not suffer enduring weeks of heat stress on a ship destined for the Middle East.
We want to congratulate AA for fighting the fight so hard, as they always do.
As Lyn (at AA) says, “sadly there will be no ‘happy ending’ for these sheep who will now go to local slaughterhouses in Western Australia. However, they have been spared the extended and extreme suffering of weeks at sea where the risk of ‘cooking alive’ from heat stress is very real. And they will also now not face painful fully-conscious slaughter”.
To resolve all these issues, we suggest going over to a meat free, plant based diet. End the suffering and killing and do yourself some good also. Vote with your stomach !
Thanks to all of you who took action here; and thanks to the Department of Agriculture in Australia who were torn between to sides; but who in the end listened to the people and made the very right decision.
Original message from AA early 3/6/20:
Mark, the summer live export ban stands!
Late last night we received official word from the Department of Agriculture that 56,000 sheep will NOT be sent into the blistering heat of the Middle East summer.
A decision to allow this shipment would not only have subjected animals to extreme and extended suffering, it would also have required an exemption to new laws that prohibit dangerous summer shipments.
I know that, like me, you’ll be breathing a tremendous sigh of relief. It’s been an intense but uplifting few days observing people turn their compassion for these sheep into effective action on their behalf.
Over the last week, we worked every angle and played every strategic card we could to present the strongest possible case to prevent these sheep from being exported. From legal avenues, close consultation and advice to the Department of Agriculture, and media coverage. But perhaps most critical of all was the analysis we instigated from an expert climatologist that warned, if the ship set sail, it would be sending animals directly into the ‘danger zone’ for heat stress. We worked day and night to ensure the regulator had all of the facts in front of her to make the right decision — and she did!
The live export industry has been sent a very strong message: they are no longer above the law.
They can no longer expect to ‘call the shots’.
We are mightily relieved that this decision has been made. It is so very important that precious laws instigated to protect vulnerable animals are upheld, and we are grateful that the regulator has put the interests of animals ahead of the interests of live exporters.
Sadly, there will be no ‘happy ending’ for these sheep who will now go to local slaughterhouses in Western Australia. However, they have been spared the extended and extreme suffering of weeks at sea where the risk of ‘cooking alive’ from heat stress is very real. And they will also now not face painful fully-conscious slaughter.
With heartfelt sincerity, I say thank you for never failing to heed the call for help whenever animals need it. Your support has given these animals a voice and the representation they so desperately needed.
For the animals,
Lyn White AM