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Australia’s Meat Workers Want to Save Some Sheep

Written by PETA | March 10, 2010

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Yes, you’ve read that correctly, and no, the headline wasn’t ripped from The Onion. In a joint press conference this morning, the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union and the World Society for the Protection of Animals agreed that the live export of sheep who were once abused for their wool is destroying the nation’s economy.

Every year on the grueling journey from Australia to their slaughter in the Middle East, millions of sheep endure weeks, and sometimes months, on extremely crowded, disease-ridden ships with little access to food or water and through all weather extremes. Many sheep fall ill, become stuck in feces and are unable to move, or are trampled to death by other sheep. Those who survive are dragged from the ships, are thrown into the backs of trucks and cars, and eventually have their throats cut while they are still conscious.

Hopefully, this surprise support from Australia’s meat industry will mean less suffering for sheep. And who knows, maybe the next shocking headline we’ll see will read, “Australian Meat Workers Oppose Meat” (considering the energy, land, and resources wasted by the production of meat—a guy can dream, can’t he?).

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Guruprasad Chandrappa says:

    Just think about what is going on in the mind of the animal being transported. After experiencing hell on the ship without water and food for days the animal is looking to get some food and water but all it gets is more abuse and more hell. On arrival there is no food no water no care ..only the butchers knife awaits. As Henry Spira put it “Animals Are Not Edibles”. It is immoral to eat another animal. I long to see a day when humans kick the meat addiction and become totally vegans. I know that Day will surely come !!!

  • Nicola says:

    omg i’m so chuffed that they are going to make a change x

  • LeClair says:

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. MLK Those delicate and gentle creatures don’t deserve such abuse. Another sad example of speciesim… at least the voice of peta members and animal rights activists does make a difference for the voiceless….if even meat workers are begining to be concerned about animals then it is a big step in the fight for animal rights.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Animal Abuse Human Abuse It’s all connected. Make that connection folks. Go Vegan!