Dear supporter, this animal can't speak. He can't even move. But in this one unforgettable moment, he said more than words ever could.
No animal deserves to be abused. Please spare 2 minutes to take action today. This haunting image was captured by Animals Australia investigators last month. They were on assignment to document what Australian animals in the live export trade were being subjected to — this time, in Mauritius.
There, live export regulations were again being breached, exposing animals to horrendous abuse. Upon returning to Australia, formal complaints were lodged with the Australian and Mauritian Governments.
Barely a week after exposing systemic live export breaches in Jordan, we have been forced to release this new evidence publicly — for one very alarming reason... The live export industry has been devising plans to return to the days of self-regulation. Industry self-regulation is what led to the horrific cruelty exposed in Indonesia in 2011. It's what gave us brutal slaughter boxes — lauded by the live export industry and condemned as cruel by experts around the world. Self regulation has for decades been a free pass to commit animal abuse. This must not happen again.
The most tragic part of what we found in Mauritius is not the brutal handling; it's not that visibly scared animals were teased and tormented, or that they were tied to walls for days while waiting for their turn to be brutally slaughtered. It's that, had live exporters been abiding by the rules, none of this should ever have happened.
Once again, if our small charity was not acting as this industry's watch dog, live exporters would be able to get away with breaking laws and exposing animals to unspeakable cruelty without repercussions.
Quite simply, they can't be trusted to play by the rules — let alone write them.
If you agree, please click here to take action today. It takes only 2 minutes to lend your words to an animal who has none.
P.S. This investigation would not have been possible without the generosity of Animals Australia donors. Thank you for allowing us to give these animals the strongest possible representation. To make a donation to support our ongoing investigations, please click here.
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