Enormous Carbon Footprint of Sheep and Cattle Shipped From Australia Calls for Immediate Action, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
11 September 2013

Jerusalem – This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia sent a letter to Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz urging him to ban imports of live sheep from Australia immediately. In the letter, PETA points out that in 2012, Israel imported more than 50,000 cattle and 64,000 sheep from Australia, creating greenhouse-gas emissions exceeding 50,000 tonnes. In fact, the Australian live-export industry was recently named the 39th-largest contributor to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions in the country.

“Animals being forced to stand and lie in their own waste for several weeks should be enough to prompt Israel to get out of the dirty live-imports business”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Add to that the defiling of the atmosphere with thousands of tonnes of carbon-dioxide and the issue of live imports should have been dead on arrival in Israel.”

Cattle and sheep exported from Australia are packed onto ships so tightly that they can barely move. Many become sick or injured and dead animals are often thrown into the sea or ground up in macerators. Ammonia fumes from the accumulated urine are so noxious that they have caused animals to go blind or suffer from respiratory failure.

PETA has sent a similar letter to David Leffler, the ministry’s director general.

PETA’s letter to Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz is available upon request. For more information, please visit