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