Did you know that millions of pigs, sheep and cows are shipped out of the EU and then brutalised in foreign slaughterhouses? I started a petition asking the BBC to expose these atrocities.
BBC: Expose the Cruelty of Live Animal Exports!
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Farm animals are only protected from abuse if they're in a country with animal welfare laws. To get around those laws, European countries send animals to places like Turkey, Russia, and North Africa. In these foreign slaughterhouses, there is no punishment for the horrifying cruelty inflicted on the animals.
I didn't know about this horrific practice until I saw an Australian news report about it. Our taxes pay for the live export industry in the EU, but there's no coverage of it.
I started a Care2 petition asking the BBC programme maker Panorama to expose the full horrors of the live export trade. Click here to sign my petition.
When ABC Four Corners released footage of the Australian live export trade, people balked. For the first time, they saw how cows, sheep, and pigs are crammed into ships where they must fight to survive cramped in the dark for months. When they finally arrive at the slaughterhouse, the animals are horrifically abused.
One undercover video of a slaughterhouse in Beirut shows a cow being hit with barbed wire, hung belly-up from three legs, and its throat slit so savagely it is nearly beheaded. It is alive and awake the whole time.
People who saw the Aussie programme demanded change, and the Australian government was forced to respond. Australian animal exporters now have to prove their supply chain is cruelty-free. Fewer animals are exported to inhumane slaughterhouses.
We can demand the same change in Europe, but only once the horrors of our own live export trade are revealed. Please join me in asking BBC Panorama to expose the EU live export trade.
Thank you for taking action,