ALACT Protest Against the Kangaroo Kill – Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Protest Against the Canberra Kangaroo Kill

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 4:30 pm

@ Northbourne Ave (Corner of London CCT)

Creator: Animal Liberation ACT

Come along to Animal Liberation ACT’s next protest to oppose the kangaroo killing in Canberra. It will be held in the City from 4.30 – 6 on Wednesday May 31. Drop in whenever you can, no need to stay for the entire time.

The aim of the protest is to bring the ongoing atrocities of the kangaroo kill in Canberra to the public, and to raise awareness about the significant acts of violence being perpetrated on an iconic and gentle native animal and their young.

Where to meet? Northbourne Avenue on the corner of London Circuit (close to the bus station). We will be standing in this location during peak hour traffic to make our message to the public seen.

Please bring very BIG and BOLD signage because it will begin to get dark at this time and DRESS WARM!

Please call Lara on 0402 599 293 if you cannot find us when you arrive.

Please spread the word and invite your friends, family and colleagues. Hope to see you there.

Vegan ACT Working Bee for A Poultry Place – Sunday, 4 June 2017

Working Bee for A Poultry Place

Sunday, 4 June 2017 9:30 am

Creator: Vegan ACT

Let’s get hands on and help out for the day at A Poultry Place this Sunday for another Vegan ACT Working Bee. 💪😀

This incredible local sanctuary is home to hundreds of rescued animals and is run by just one person!
This is a really great chance to meet the residents, learn some of their stories and the workings of a sanctuary, and most of all to give a little of your time to make a contribution for the animals, and the people that champion them.

So come and join us for a day of making new friends and memories on the 4th of June. 🐤🐔🐤🐔🐤

Email contact@veganact.org.au or PM Michelle Isobel for any queries or to RSVP.
Location is Murrumbateman. Directions will be given when you RSVP, some lifts are available.
Free lunch and tour of the sanctuary provided. Please get in touch if you need any further details!

Sign petition against petting zoo at Groovin the Moo

A music festival is not an appropriate environment for a petting zoo. Animals should not be forcibly subjected to loud music, drunk people and large crowds.

Completely unethical and unnecessary to include this kind of animal abuse in a day that’s supposed to be about music.

Please sign!:  https://www.change.org/p/groovin-the-moo-organisers-no-petting-zoo-at-gtm

 

 

Some comments posted so far by Vegan ACT members:

Katinka:  Most petting zoo animals are very young and have been prematurely taken away from their mothers, purely to provide entertainment for people – this is simply not fair on either the mothers nor their babies. Frightened and often in various states of distress, these young animals are denied their normal socialisation and developmental processes. Animals are disposed of (typically sent to slaughter) when they are no longer young enough to be attractive to customers.

Michelle:  Animals are not toys. Infant animals are put under terrible stress when in “petting zoo” situations, and are separated from their mothers for profit.
These animals customers cuddle and coo over are then killed when they are no longer “cute” enough to be exploited in this way. Have some compassion and common sense Groovin the Moo.

Tracey:  What has a petting zoo got to do with music? These baby animals should be with their families, not surrounded by terrifying loud noises and boisterous humans. It will be extremely frightening for them and is totally unnecessary.

 

Vote for Canberra Vegan Startup, Tanemaki Designs Food Business

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Dear Vegans,

Please support our Canberra vegan startup!

Tanemaki Designs
A vegan food business with Japanese inspiration and service with a smile.

To support this project, click on the link below.
http://causeastir.com.au/project/tanemaki/
Tanemaki – Stir / Crowd-voted Grants for Creative Projects

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Provide home for Rats (Updated 10 April 2017)

Latest update from Laila:

Hi everyone

The rats needing adoption from CIT has become a matter of URGENCY

If you are interested in adopting pet rats or know someone that is, please contact Laila via messenger

PLEASE NOTE: these animals have not been tested on in any way, they have only been observed and handled for educational purposes (vet nursing course)

Just mention on the phone that you are interested in adopting some rats and Michelle will give you all the info

Please also consider adopting two or more, rats are companion animals and will get very lonely solo

 

Update from Laila:  Hey all, there are still quite a few rats that need adoption pretty urgently, if you’re interested or know someone that is please contact me via messenger and I’ll give you the details!

Also if you could ask around in other groups and on your own page that would be wonderful. Really want to give these guys a chance at having a forever home 🐁🐁

Help Kangaroos

Original Post by Shannon Rocket

Hey everyone, I’ve been going out to the local fire affected areas searching for animals who need to come into care, below are some of the animals who were tranquillised and taken into care yesterday.

For anyone living near the fire affected areas – Kangaroos tend to hop a little different when their feet are burnt, it kind of looks like they’re hesitant to put pressure on their feet when hopping – if you notice any kangaroos doing this, please get in contact.
If you’d like to help, we need soy milk and bandages for the influx of animals in care, if anyone would like to donate these items please get in touch here.

Donate to Vegan ACT Garage Sales in Aid of Animal Sanctuaries

Original Post by Sia Brook

We have raised close to $3000 for our local animal sanctuaries through our ongoing garage sales. Not only do we sell stuff on the day but we also explain to the customers as to why we are raising money. It is a great source of outreach. So…spring is here. Ideal time to sort through stuff, de-clutter and donate to the ongoing Vegan ACT fundraising garage sales.All things accepted (nothing broken obviously). Can collect larger/heavier items. For the animals

Have a look at what we had on offer last time!

Support Vegan ACT by becoming a member

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Original Post by Vegan ACT

Support the work of Vegan ACT by becoming a Vegan ACT Member… and GET AWESOME DISCOUNTS!
If you would like to sign up as a member, and support the advocacy and support work of Canberra’s non-profit vegan organisation, Vegan ACT – you will also receive an amazing membership card which entitles you to discounts at all the best vegan haunts around Canberra, as listed below!
Head to http://veganact.org.au/shop/ to sign up, and have a look through our other fundraising goodies for sale.

Stores that offer a discount to our card-carrying members are:

For further details on discounts offered for your support: http://veganact.org.au/discounts/
Thank you for your support!! We couldn’t do what we do for the animals without you all <3

Become a Foster Carer for Greyhounds

Greyhound Foster Carers Needed

Original Post by Sia Brook

Foster carers needed!
With the recent ban on greyhound racing in NSW and ACT, there will be a high influx of hounds needing homes. If you’re able to provide a temporary home and help them learn how to be part of a family (many have never been in a house, existing in concrete kennels, and struggle learning about steps etc), please pm me:  https://www.facebook.com/alice.brook.77  Ongoing support provided 🙂 Thank you

Donate to A Place of Peace Sanctuary Hay Appeal

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Original post by Tamsin Dean Einspruch

Howdy folks! Winter is coming… to an end. Soon spring will be here and so will fresh grass for the beautiful residents of A Place Of Peace who will be chomping down on that rather than hay. Unfortunately they still need quite a bit of hay to keep their stomachs happy. If you wouldn’t mind, could you perhaps donate 10$ to the winter hay appeal? If everyone on this page donated only 10$ you’d put a massive dent in the hay bill, if everyone donated 15$, we’d almost reach our goal! 20$, and we’d surpass it!
Thanks for checking this out folks :3 The cows, sheep, horse, and goat people of a Place of Peace thank you for every donation we receive!  Go to:  http://www.deeppeacetrust.com/projects/winter-hay-appeal/

Donate to help 150 chicks rescued from certain death

On 19 July 2016, Animal Liberation NSW and Aussie Farms released the first-ever Australian footage of male chicks being ground-up alive as waste products of the egg industry (www.EggsExposed.com.au).

Two days later in an action organised by Aussie Farms, around 100 activists converged on the facility near Bendigo, Victoria, where the industry-standard practice had been filmed, with 21 entering the property to shut down the macerator and draw attention to the inherent cruelty of the egg industry.

Over 150 male chicks were rescued from certain death and will now live long, happy lives with experienced carers. If you’d like to help cover the substantial cost of this (food, vet bills, housing), please contribute to the fundraising campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/2g9vna2c

Sign the EggsExposed.com.au Petition

EggsExposed.com.au:  The issues revealed in our investigation are inherent to egg production across Australia and the entire world. In addition to the male chicks being killed shortly after birth, and the females being painfully de-beaked, the females are then sent to live in cramped, filthy conditions in sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, and killed at just 18 months of age when their production of eggs slows. Egg farming will always be cruel – the most effective thing you can do to end all of this is to simply stop eating eggs and encourage others to do the same, by sharing the above video with them.

Please also sign our petition below, asking the Australian egg industry to stop the mass killing of day-old male chicks.

Go here to sign the petition:  http://www.animal-lib.org.au/campaigns/animals-for-food/eggs

Advocacy Resources

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Practical Advocacy

Suggested resources for animal activism & advocacy in the ACT

This list was put together for those who attended the Vegan ACT Practical Advocacy Workshop but are applicable to everyone wanting to be a voice for the animals.  Our aim in presenting the workshop, was to give people the tools to become a more confident advocate for the animals. By exploring ideas pertinent to animal activism and delving into the wide world of vegan outreach methods, we hope attendees feel more equipped to take on the types of advocacy that appeal to you.  Remember, local organisations always love volunteers and new ideas, so never be afraid to reach out & gain some great experiences with like-minded people.

Get started!
For whatever type of advocacy or activism you’ve got in mind, there’s nothing quite so educational as having a go! So, either get out there and give it a shot or get in touch with one of your local organisations for
guidance or help (especially if it’s a little more complex).

Featured Organisations

Books

  • Vegan Advocacy by Casey Taft:  Taft is a psychologist and has utilised his knowledge applying it to advocacy. Easy to read with real life scenarios.
  • The Sexual Politics of Meat by.Carol Adams:  ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat shows how a process of objectification, fragmentation, and consumption enables the oppression of animals so that animals are rendered being-less through technology, language, and cultural representation.’
  • Aftershock by Pattrice Jones:  An invaluable book. ‘Aftershock explores the culture of trauma that people have created through our violent exploitation of the Earth, other animals, and one another’
  • Animals and Ethics by Angus Taylor: ‘Can animals be regarded as part of the moral community? To what extent, if at all, do they have moral rights? Are we wrong to eat them, hunt them, or use them for scientific research? Can animal liberation be squared with the environmental movement? Taylor traces the background of these debates from Aristotle to Darwin and sets out the views of numerous contemporary philosophers’
  • Change of Heart by Nick Cooney
  • Veganomics by Nick Cooney
  • Empty Cages by Tom Regan
  • Striking At the Roots by Mark Hawthorne
  • But You Kill Ants by John Waddell
  • The Life Long Activist by Hillary Rettig
  • Strategic Action for Animals by Melanie Joy

Many books on vegan activism can be found online, at Harry Hartog Woden & can be borrowed from Jen at jenmeister.smugmug.com/Public/Library

Online

A Bird They Called Dinner TEDx talk by Bede Carmody (on You Tube)

Films

Thank you!
Good luck!
Stay in touch!

Sign petition to call off plan to cull kangaroos in Victoria

Rescued Joey at Kangaroo SanctuaryToday a permit was issued on land next door to the Pastoria East Wildlife Shelter . The department refused to tell the Pastoria East Wildlife Shelter how many kangaroos would be destroyed. The shelter has offered to build a fence and to help move kangaroos off the property nightly if need be, but DELWP ignored this and issued the permit despite their policy that all non lethal methods be exhausted before a destruction permit is issued and or a permit is only issued as a last resort however this did not take place. Some of the kangaroos at risk of being shot under the issued permit were victims of the state governments Lancefield prescribed burns gone wrong, that burned down houses and where hundreds of kangaroos, wombats, possums and gliders were burnt or subsequently euthanased due to horrific injury. Many kangaroos were also rescued by MRWN and a number of them ended up at the Pastoria East Wildlife shelter. DELWP even asked if they could take ‘feel good’ pics of these victims with their wildlife officers after the fires. Our community has generously donated for their care, rehabilitation and release back to the wild. The Pastoria East Wildlife Shelter is situated in a conservation zone in the Macedon Ranges and has volunteered a free service to our community for injured and orphaned wildlife for over 20 years. HOW YOU CAN HELP – with a simple phone call or email! Its vital that you let Mary-Anne Thomas MP for Macedon know that you object to this permit being issued for any or all of the above but most importantly that all non lethal methods were NOT explored, non lethal options were ignored and a permit was issued with full knowledge that a wildlife shelter was next door in a conservation zone. Mary-Anne Thomas Member for Macedon Phone: (03) 5428 2138 Fax: (03) 5428 2919 Email: mary-anne.thomas@parliament.vic.gov.au Lily D’Ambrosio Minister for Environment DELWP Electoral Office (03) 9422 5171 mailto:lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au

https://www.change.org/p/mary-anne-thomas-call-off-plan-to-cull-kangaroos

(Updated) Become a Sanctuary-Hand Volunteer at Little Oak!

Little Oak Sanctuary Hand with ResidentBy Little Oak Sanctuary

Little Oak Sanctuary is located under an hour from Canberra, towards the South Coast in NSW.  We are a registered not for profit charity with a mission of providing sanctuary to animals in need whilst promoting compassion for all animals through education and cruelty-free living.  This is our news!

WEEKEND SANCTUARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Little Oak Sanctuary is predominantly by its creators, James & Kate, with assistance from our community in the form of working bees.  We’ve had great success with our first round of weekend sanctuary hand volunteers, and would like to thank Laila and Jennifer tremendously to their contribution to the sanctuary!  We have reviewed the structure of our volunteer program and will be modifying the positions accordingly.

We are once more seeking expressions of interest for a Weekend Sanctuary hand position, the position will be unpaid (volunteer basis) as per all positions at Little Oak Sanctuary.  Volunteers will be required to make a commitment of one day (max 4 hours) on the weekend at the sanctuary each MONTH.  We hope to gather a group of between 8-10 committed individuals and will be rostering the time so that volunteers will be at the sanctuary in pairs.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please read on!

Duties
Cleaning shelters
Replenishing bedding
Cleaning water troughs
Assistance with routine animal care (Grooming, hoof trimming goats and sheep etc)
Providing interaction/cuddles for the animals
Preparing feeds
Assistance with fencing
Weeding of paddocks
Training will be provided for all duties

Essential skills
Own transport (preferably SUV or 4WD but not essential)
Ability to drive a manual transmission car (farm ute etc)
Confident and calm around animals
Reasonable physical strength/fitness (no back injuries etc)

Desirable skills
Experience with large animal care – horses etc

Position Description
This role is unpaid as a volunteer position (as are all positions at Little Oak at this time). It will require a commitment to attend the sanctuary once a month on either a Saturday or Sunday for a maximum of 4 hours, depending on sanctuary events such as open days.  The role will require a commitment for a minimum three (3) month period, which may be extended if Little Oak Sanctuary and the volunteer both agree to an extension.

If you love animals and are able to commit to regular volunteer work or would like to know more, please email your application to info@littleoaksanctuary.org

Take action against Rodeos – Written by Little Oak Sanctuary

Also see:  http://animalsaustralia.org/issues/rodeos.php

Words and images by Little Oak Sanctuary

“The immorality of rodeos extends to the arrogance of the riders and their attitude to the animals, and to the way the audience is demeaned by watching such a tawdry spectacle.” Veterinarian, on attending an Australian rodeo.

Early in November, we went along to the Bungendore Rodeo to bear witness to what the animals endure, and share their plight with the public.

Rodeos are strongly opposed by the RSPCA and are indeed widely condemned by all animal protection organisations.

Whilst we certainly appreciate how important for rural communities to come together and support each other, we disagree that this should come at the price of invoking fear – or a fight or flight response from animals for the sole purpose of entertainment.

We have attended several local rodeos ourselves in order to witness first-hand what happens at these events. We have witnessed the fear and distress of the animals, many horses showed stressed facial expressions (extended upper lip, widened nostrils, lips drawn back, tail squeezed in, tensed muzzle, which suggest a negative emotional condition ), we have seen calves and steers having their tails twisted to ensure they exit the chute into the arena where they will be pulled backwards into the air before being body slammed to the ground. We’ve seen excessive electric goading of bulls prior to them entering the arena. We’ve seen horses so distressed by the flank strap that they continue bucking, crashing head first into the fencing before a steward is able to release the strap.Horses with a wide-open mouth were also observed, which has to be attributed to the described stressed facial expressions. From an animal protection point of view, the flank strap has to be seen as a cause of suffering (stress, anxiety, fear) and as a potential cause of pain.

At this current event we saw much of the same, however we also saw something that we had not seen before, namely the “Wild Pony Race” where three men try to overpower a desperate, terrified pony – purely to create a spectacle for the audience. (Images attached).

An expert addressing the Wild Horse/Pony Event from the “Expert opinion regarding rodeo events in the Federal Republic of Germany from a legal1, ethological and ethical perspective” states:

“It was absolutely impossible to see the sporting aspect of this discipline, as it was apparent that the sole objective was to force the horse to do spectacular stunts for the spectators’ entertainment. The spectators are given the impression that it takes several men to “tame a wild horse“ (“wild horses fighting against men power“). Apart from the high injury risk for the horses, events that have men fighting against animals violate the established set of values for the handling of animals and cannot be tolerated anymore these days.”

As it turns out the ponies taking place in this event at Bungendore Rodeo were not wild horses. They were in fact, well bred hackney ponies, several of whom had been broken to harness, several others halter broken. Why anyone would subject such valuable horses to this form of treatment and threat of potential injury is beyond our comprehension, but goes to show that horses don’t have to be ‘wild’ to be terrified by this event.

When the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association became aware this event had taken place they were apparently very upset and are now investigating the inclusion of this event at Bungendore Rodeo as are NSW RSPCA and Animals Australia. The Bungendore Rodeo committee perhaps knew this event would be controversial, having omitted it from the program, advertising it only as a “novelty pony ride”.

It’s also worth considering the welfare codes that rodeos currently operate within. In 1988 the NSW Code of Practice said this event should be phased out by June 1989. It has been banned in South Australia and Victoria. In an attempt to make it appear more palatable it now occurs under the name of “rope and tie” but is in fact the exactly same event. The welfare codes that the Rodeo operates under are also supposed to be reviewed every two years (The Code is based on knowledge available at the time of publication and should be reviewed at intervals of no longer than 2 years to maintain the highest possible standards). Currently they have not been reviewed for over 27 years (Last Reviewed 30 April 1988).

“The immorality of rodeos extends to the arrogance of the riders and their attitude to the animals, and to the way the audience is demeaned by watching such a tawdry spectacle.” Veterinarian, on attending an Australian rodeo

Early in November, we went along to the Bungendore Rodeo to bear witness to what the animals endure, and share their plight with the public.

Rodeos are strongly opposed by the RSPCA and are indeed widely condemned by all animal protection organisations.

Whilst we certainly appreciate how important for rural communities to come together and support each other, we disagree that this should come at the price of invoking fear – or a fight or flight response from animals for the sole purpose of entertainment.

We have attended several local rodeos ourselves in order to witness first-hand what happens at these events.  We have witnessed the fear and distress of the animals, many horses showed stressed facial expressions (extended upper lip, widened nostrils, lips drawn back, tail squeezed in, tensed muzzle, which suggest a negative emotional condition ), we have seen calves and steers having their tails twisted to ensure they exit the chute into the arena where they will be pulled backwards into the air before being body slammed to the ground.  We’ve seen excessive electric goading of bulls prior to them entering the arena.  We’ve seen horses so distressed by the flank strap that they continue bucking, crashing head first into the fencing before a steward is able to release the strap.Horses with a wide-open mouth were also observed, which has to be attributed to the described stressed facial expressions. From an animal protection point of view, the flank strap has to be seen as a cause of suffering (stress, anxiety, fear) and as a potential cause of pain.

At this current event we saw much of the same, however we also saw something that we had not seen before, namely the “Wild Pony Race” where three men try to overpower a desperate, terrified pony – purely to create a spectacle for the audience. (Images attached).

An expert addressing the Wild Horse/Pony Event from the “Expert opinion regarding rodeo events in the Federal Republic of Germany from a legal1, ethological and ethical perspective” states:

 “It was absolutely impossible to see the sporting aspect of this discipline, as it was apparent that the sole objective was to force the horse to do spectacular stunts for the spectators’ entertainment. The spectators are given the impression that it takes several men to “tame a wild horse“ (“wild horses fighting against men power“). Apart from the high injury risk for the horses, events that have men fighting against animals violate the established set of values for the handling of animals and cannot be tolerated anymore these days.”

As it turns out the ponies taking place in this event at Bungendore Rodeo were not wild horses.  They were in fact, well bred hackney ponies, several of whom had been broken to harness, several others halter broken.  Why anyone would subject such valuable horses to this form of treatment and threat of potential injury is beyond our comprehension, but goes to show that horses don’t have to be ‘wild’ to be terrified by this event.

When the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association became aware this event had taken place they were apparently very upset and are now investigating the inclusion of this event at Bungendore Rodeo as are NSW RSPCA and Animals Australia.  The Bungendore Rodeo committee perhaps knew this event would be controversial, having omitted it from the program, advertising it only as a “novelty pony ride”.

CALF ROPING
It’s also worth considering the welfare codes that rodeos currently operate within.  In 1988 the NSW Code of Practice said this event should be phased out by June 1989.  It has been banned in South Australia and Victoria. In an attempt to make it appear more palatable it now occurs under the name of “rope and tie” but is in fact the exactly same event.   The welfare codes that the Rodeo operates under are also supposed to be reviewed every two years (The Code is based on knowledge available at the time of publication and should be reviewed at intervals of no longer than 2 years to maintain the highest possible standards).  Currently they have not been reviewed for over 27 years (Last Reviewed 30 April 1988).

NSW Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals Used in Rodeo Events
4.8 An animal which attempts to jump out of the chutes in a manner which may cause it to injure itself shall be released immediately

What you can do

Tormenting frightened and unwilling animals in an attempt to demonstrate the ‘brute strength’ of man is a spectacle that has no place in modern society. Please join other caring Australians who object to animal abuse by pledging never to support these cruel events.

  • Click here to sign the pledge to ‘Say No to Rodeos’, and ask your family and friends to do the same!
  • Write to your local MP or local council, as well as your local newspaper, stating the facts about the cruelty of rodeos and why they should be banned (Note: Rodeos are permitted in all States, and the NT, but not in the ACT).
  • Write to rodeo sponsors. Rodeos would not be financially viable without sponsors. If you see signs advertising Rodeos that mention sponsors, write to them and let them know why they shouldn’t be supporting these events.

    • Sponsors of the Bungendore Rodeo were:

      • Akubra
      • Amey Brothers
      • Baker Deane & Nutt
      • BJH Osborne
      • Bungendore Caltex Service Centre
      • Bungendore Chiropractic
      • Bungendore Concrete
      • Bungendore Country Butchery
      • Bungendore Drillers
      • Bungendore Foodworks
      • Bungendore Landscape Supplies
      • Bungendore Physio
      • Bungendore Produce
      • Bungendore Rural
      • Bungendore Veterinary Surgery
      • Bungendore Water Bores
      • Canturf Lawns
      • Carwoola Pastrol Co
      • Cleanseeds Pty Ltd
      • Corkhill Brothers
      • Ellendon P L
      • Elvin Group
      • Estate Realty Palerang
      • Gunna Doo Bakery
      • Hiscocks Saddlery
      • Holcim (Australia ) Pty Ltd
      • Impress Printers
      • Infigen Energy
      • Just Law
      • Landtasia
      • Monaro Concrete Pumping
      • Ogilvie Auto Repairs
      • Rural Patterson Co
      • Schmidt Quarries
      • The Feed Shed
      • The Royal Hotel
      • Taylors of Bungendore Pty Ltd
      • Tobiway Crushing
      • Veoila Environmental Services
      • W. J.Gibbs & Co

Sign Petition Against Australian Live Exports (including 90,000 Dairy Cows per annum)

https://voiceless.campaigncentral.com.au/campaign/dairyloophole

Imagine being forcibly removed from your home, and loaded onto a large ship. The voyage is torture. What will happen to you once you arrive? No one knows.  Now imagine doing this all while pregnant.

Every year, the Australian dairy industry sends over 90,000 dairy cows and heifers alive to foreign countries. Unlike most animals who are slaughtered for their meat, these live export victims are sent to be used for their milk and to grow foreign dairy herds.  Even though they are exposed to the same risks and suffering as animals exported live for slaughter, animals who are exported for breeding are excluded even from the most basic live export standards once they reach their destination.

This is the dairy ‘legal loophole’.  Once these sentient creatures disembark from a live export vessel, they have zero protection under Australian law.  What’s more, a dairy cow can suffer throughout this whole process while pregnant, with no legal protection and an uncertain future awaiting her and her calf overseas.  The Government says it is too hard to protect these animals. We say it’s time to end the live export trade in dairy cows.

Please sign the petition to end live exports today:  https://voiceless.campaigncentral.com.au/campaign/dairyloophole