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animals including pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and fishes are transported around the world on ships and even airplanes each year?

Up to 120,000 sheep or 25,000 cows are held captive on a single ship which can travel for up to five weeks by sea. Sometimes this can be much longer if the journeys have been delayed, and it is not uncommon to see vessels held up for months. 

During heatwaves, the temperatures and humidity become so unbearable that thousands of animals can die on board just one ship. Mothers are forced to give birth in cramped squalid conditions and their babies are often trampled to death.

In 2018, for the first time in history cameras captured what life is like on a live sheep vessel traveling from Australia, and exposed the animal agriculture industry for inflicting extreme unimaginable suffering upon sentient beings who just want to live. 

Sheep photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

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The Live Export Process

  • Animals are born on farms and taken away from their parents.
  • Chicks can be exported at just a day old, and calves and lambs are only weeks old.
  • They can endure up to 50 hours of road travel before they are transferred into feeding lots/quarantine areas where they can be held for up to a week before embarking the ship.
  • They can be forced to wait for long periods in queues at the ports before being loaded onto the ships – during summer months the temperature inside the trucks may reach over 50 degrees and many will be without food or water.
  • After their journey, animals often endure upto 50 hours further travel by land to farms or slaughterhouses where they will be violently killed.

Join our campaign to ban live exports

  1. Join or start an Animal Save Movement chapter and hold vigils at sea and airports that export live animals.
    At animal vigils, we offer animals love and kindness at various stages of their journey. This can include quarantine zones, feedlots, ports, destination countries as well as slaughterhouses.  Vigils can last several hours or even a day depending on the size of the ship. We reach out to the drivers and distribute leaflets explaining why we are fighting for the animals. We document injuries and make official complaints to government bodies to help spark public outcry and generate media coverage.
  2. The only way to stop the horrific treatment of animals is to become vegan activists and be the change we want to see. Try Challenge 22 or Veganuary to get started.
  3. Write to politicians and ask for a ban on live exports.
  4. Endorse the Plant Based Treaty, which calls for a worldwide end to live exports.

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