End Deadly and Disgraceful Live-Sheep Exports Now, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
11 August 2013

Canberra – Wearing sheep costumes and holding signs that read, “Abbott: Ban Live Export” and “Rudd: Ban Live Export”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia will confront Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra today. PETA’s masked “sheep” will dog Abbot and Rudd outside the National Press Club prior to the evening’s debate:

Date:       11 August
Time:      5 pm to 6:30 pm
Place:      National Press Club, Canberra

“The treatment of sheep – who are often discarded by Australia’s wool industry and dumped in the Middle East – is a national disgrace”, says PETA Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “It’s time for the Australian government to bite the bullet and ban live exports.”

Millions of Australian sheep are shipped thousands of miles to the Middle East and North Africa for slaughter. They are transported on disease-ridden, multi-tiered ships through all weather extremes, and many die en route from starvation, heatstroke, injuries and disease. Those lucky enough to survive the voyage are painfully slaughtered in ways that would be illegal in Australia.

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