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Good News About Baa-d Moves in Australia

Written by PETA | May 27, 2010
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Holy Guacamole Vegemite! The Fremantle City Council just voted to phase out the live export of sheep from its port. To get an idea of how huge this decision is, consider that in 2006 more than 80 percent of the almost 4 million sheep who were exported from Australia went through Fremantle’s port.

Why the move to stop shipping sheep? Freemantle Mayor Brad Pettitt declared that it’s time for the “cruel and unnecessary live sheep trade to be phased out and replaced with a trade that supports local jobs.” Indeed, the transport to the Middle East of millions of sheep—some of whom were once used and abused for their wool—is the stuff that nightmares are made of. The grueling journey can take weeks or sometimes months, and animals battle starvation, disease, and trampling from severe crowding. Those who survive the arduous journey are then taken to slaughter and have their throats cut while they are still conscious.

Australian meat workers have spoken out. Politicians have voted to close their ports. You say that you, too, have taken action to help sheep? Post a comment to tell us all about it.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Jasmyne says:

    GO VEGAN!! Only this way the voice of animals will be heard, we are the people and they have to do as we ask, so if everyone started complaining how animals are treated and demanded respect for them things would start changing for sure, they can’t sell meat if no one buys it.

  • Brigette Zemitis says:

    Animals should be treated with respect!!!!!

  • Patrizia Scally says:

    Going vegan is the right thing to do.

  • N says:

    Sorry to rain on the parade for the morally superior but the stopping of shipping of livestock from the Fremantle port has nothing to do with animal cruelty or alike its all economics. Currently Western Australia is undergoing a resource boom as such iron ore is much more profitable commodity to be shipping than livestock and thus Freemantle port has shutdown many operations to make way for off shoring mining resources. Rest assured the majority of livestock exportation from Australia will continue through more northern ports like Darwin.

  • Rachel says:

    Fantastic news!!!

  • mary says:

    awesome news. hearing this makes me soo happy. Animal crulety is my number one reason for being a vegetarian. im happy to see people are understanding that animals are living breathing creatures and feel pain just like humans.

  • AAG says:

    Want to help sheep and lambs? GO VEGAN!!! Going vegan is a moral imperative.

  • Amy Dingley says:

    This is excellent news. Go Australia. I knew we had it in us to do the right thing instead of solely relying on the profit margins. This is a great start however I will not be taking down my ‘Ban Live Export’ car sticker yet. Keep pushing for Live Export to be completly banned people as more still needs to be done.

  • Sandi says:

    WOOHOO!!!! I have written to our Prime Minister a few times and asked him to put a stop to this terrible trade. I’m just so glad someone has done something is caring about these beautiful animals! BTW…us aussie’s don’t say Holy Vegemite either lol P

  • Ryan says:

    This is great news! hopefully others will follow

  • Yvanna says:

    This is phenomenal! I had a lamb of my own so I know how fragile these cute animals are. I’m too happy congrats PEta for another victory!

  • kate says:

    Fantastic!! This makes me even more encuraged to fight when one can see sutch fantastic results!! great job! I delivered two lambs once which were stuck sadly they were deadborn. The farmowner later lost his farm and rights of the animals as the entire neighbourhood together had him prosecuted. D

  • Alena says:

    I am so pleased. This is such a good news. We live in 21st century for God sake! It was about the time to speak out for animals. Well done Peta. You’re doing a great job!!!

  • brenda cruz says:

    Well news like this really makes my day I’m so happy we finally have justice for innocent animals xoxo

  • Ste says:

    Nice FREO is just about good stuff!

  • Benjamin Libal says:

    These are not the only reasons for Austrailia to stop exporting sheep. As everyone who has read Collapse by Jared Dimond knows sheep farming has been slowly and not so slowly destroying the environment and soils that Australians depend on.

  • Susanne Holtz says:

    This was the best news I could ever think of! Those night mare travels for the poor animals………….. Great descision Thank you wise men and women who voted for this! Hugs Susanne