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Australia To Double Number of Live Cattle Exported

November 9, 2014 by Leave a Comment

The News

In defiance of growing public demand to end live exports due to animal cruelty, Australia plans to significantly expand the trade by shipping an estimated one million cattle to China each year. If the $1 billion deal is signed, the number of cattle exported to countries in Asia and the Middle East would double from its current levels.

live export cows

Andrew Wilkie, one of the few members of the Australian Parliament who publicly opposes live exports, described the new deal with China as a “dreadful development” and that the federal government is “a pack of sadists when it comes to animal welfare.”

Photo: Animals Australia

Photo: Animals Australia

The agreement with China comes just two weeks after Australian media aired footage of Australian cows and sheep being tortured in several countries where the group Animals Australia stationed undercover investigators. While the damning footage once again angered the Australian public, it did not have the effect of curbing the booming live export industry.

Live export supporters, including the Australian government, insist that the incidents documented in undercover videos are the exception. Opponents, on the other hand, say that abuses are routine and that Australia’s regulations fail to protect the animals in countries that have few, if any, animal protection laws. They also argue that the millions of sheep and cattle exported annually from Australia cannot be tracked to their final destinations within the countries to which they are shipped.


Unloaded from live export ship

Of all of the countries where Australia ships live animals, only one of them has citizens who are attempting to stop it — Israel. Over the past couple of years, Israeli activists have taken undercover footage which has aired on national television, and they have used street theater to educate the public about the cruelty both on the transport ships and within the country after the animals are unloaded.

Photo: ישראל נגד משלוחים חיים (Against Live Transports)

Photo: ישראל נגד משלוחים חיים (Against Live Transports)

Photo: Against Live Transports

Photo:  Against Live Transports

Your Turn

Send an instant message to the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Visit Animals Australia to take action.

Tourist dollars are vital to Australia’s economy. Until live exports are terminated, boycott Australia.

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  1. Animalover says:

    My Message to the Australian Ambassador/Gpvernment:

    Disgusted. appalled, baffled by the unconscionable greed and ignorance displayed by the Australian government, in face of indisputable and unspeakable crimes of cruelty, sadism, torture of sentient beings- the poor, voiceless animals shipped to the Middle East and now, soon to China. None of those countries have any animal welfare laws, so to turn a blind eye in the face of this abomination, speaks volumes about those who govern Australia. I will never spend a nickel on anything produced and sold coming from Australia, nor will I ever again visit your god-forsaken country. I will share my views and information with friends, family, colleagues and thousands of animal advocates around the world.
    The live export trade must end.

  2. Regina Clayton says:

    This is outrageous – all animals exported to be slaughtered at the end of their journey if they survive that is, must cease immediately. The authorities who sanction this and want to double numbers are not fit to be called humans and are the ones that should be exported in such dire conditions.

  3. Christine MacMurray says:

    Australia has a terrible reputation for cruelty to animals, especially those who are forced into live export. Unless you can come up with a way for animals to be exported without the extreme suffering that has been their fate ever since Australia started exporting animals, then stop this horrific animal abuse immediately.

  4. Terry Russo says:


    Thanks for the info on teh Australian live export. I have sent the instant message.

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