ANIMALS DON’T BELONG HERE. There’s no ‘nice’ way to send animals halfway around the world to be killed for meat. World’s first photos and video of animals headed for Islamic halal slaughter, being starved and cooked alive on export ships to the Middle East, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other Muslim halal slaughter houses.
Animals Australia A live sheep isn’t ‘cargo’. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer. This simple fact maybe lost on wealthy live export companies.But it wasn’t lost on one concerned crew member who was horrified by the suffering he witnessed on live export voyages.
This footage exposes an industry acting unlawfully. It reveals what millions of gentle animals have endured for decades, in secret.
On these enormous ships, sheep are packed so tightly that many can’t lie down to rest. Nor can they all access food and water. Overcrowded pens make identifying sick and injured animals near impossible.
None of this is legal. Add to this extreme heat, exhaustion, rough seas, poor ventilation and millions of litres of untreated waste, and a typical live export voyage quickly becomes the perfect storm for death and suffering.
Over the years, more than 3 million Australian animals have died, often horrifically, on these death ships. But evidence now shows that it is the‘survivors’ who suffer worst of all. They face the same gruelling nightmare, only their suffering never ends.
More than 100,000 litres of urine and faeces accumulates on a typical live export ship every day sheep are on board. The ship won’t be ‘washed out’ until after they’ve disembarked.
As the northern summer kicks in, on-board conditions can turn catastrophic. When temperatures soar — and predictably they do — weeks of untreated waste buildup‘melts’ into a thick, deadly soup. Any animal needing to lie down to rest risks being buried in excrement.
Corrosive ammonia chokes the air and burns the eyes and throats of those on board. Distressed animals rapidly overheat. Their hearts race as they gasp for oxygen. Trapped in what is essentially a ‘giant oven’, extremely heat stressed animals collapse before literallybeing cooked alive.
Other heat stressed sheep may die slowly over the following days. Those who survive a ‘heat event’ will continue to suffer in this putrid bog, now littered with the decaying bodies of their dead companions.
Very few lambs born on a live export ship will ever see the outside world. Many will be trampled, lose their mothers, or be killed by distressed crew members who are routinely ordered to slit their throats.
All this suffering is in aide of one thing: making wealthy live export companies even wealthier. And as it turns out, ‘business as usual’ on one of these ships to the Middle East isn’t just cruel, in many ways it’s illegal.
For the first time, authorities can now independently assess the actions of the live export trade at sea. The Department ofAgriculture is duty bound to stop theexport of live animals if federal export laws are not upheld, or if travel arrangements are inadequate for animal health and welfare.
New evidence reveals not only that the live export trade is breaking the law, but that animals are being denied their most basic needs — proper access to food, water, rest and veterinary care.