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Exporters call the live sheep trade world-class: we call it criminal

Evidence released tonight from five routine live sheep voyages shows sheep baking in their own skin, gasping for oxygen, smothered in faeces, unable to lie down to rest, or even reach food or water. The routine suffering of sheep at sea, documented by a courageous crew member turned whistle-blower, reveals what the live export industry has known about and accepted — for decades. It has also exposed extensive breaches of Australian regulations. “The scale of neglect and the acceptance of suffering on these shipments is staggering. Sheep producers will be mortified to discover that animals born into their care have ended up literally being cooked alive on live export vessels,” said Lyn White from Animals Australia. Footage across five shipments to the Middle East shows thousands of sheep suf...