Shocking world-first footage during a sea journey has exposed the routine ultimate suffering of sheep exported from Australia to the Persian Gulf during the height of the Middle East summer when temperatures may reach up to 56˚C in the shade. The images, captured by a brave crew member, showed 2000 animals dying during 5 consecutive journeys and the rest suffering from extreme heat stress, covered in their own waste and crowded so tightly into pens that they couldn’t reach food and water.
The exposure of these routine shipping conditions caused mass outrage across the world. Australia’s live export industry agreed to halt all sheep shipments to the Middle East during next year’s Northern Hemisphere summer. And Australia’s government will go further, requiring standards that will effectively shut down trade during the hottest months.
Now, the company responsible wants to replace Australian sheep with live animals from Romania, the country that has now sadly became the world’s largest live sheep exporter and that holds the European Union Presidency
The Kuwaiti importer, Al Mawashi — also known as Kuwait Livestock and Trading (KLTT) — is looking for a new source. And they’ve targeted unsuspecting sheep farmers in Romania –- entering into a deal to export 200,000 Romanian sheep and 10,000 cattle from Constanța harbour starting immediately.
Al Mawashi has been responsible for the suffering of millions of animals on their ships over decades. Every year, they subject sheep to boiling temperatures and extreme over-crowding, which makes it hard for animals to reach water during intense heat. 1.5 million sheep have perished on ships consigned by this company.
Those who survive the voyage into the furnace of the Middle East summer will continue to suffer from extreme heat in feedlots before having their throats brutally cut while fully conscious.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Prime Minister Dăncilă that if Australia recognises the extreme cruelty of live export so should Romania. Urge the PM to stop this cruel deal.