RSPCA statement regarding on-board footage of live exported sheep

The RSPCA has viewed the highly-disturbing footage expected to air on 60 Minutes this Sunday night, and we look forward to the Minister taking the strongest possible action to stop this suffering from ever happening again.

It’s important to note this wasn’t a single voyage or event; it is compelling visual evidence of the routine experience of Australian sheep on long-haul live export voyages.

What’s clear is that ASEL has failed and cannot protect the welfare of Australian animals.

Further investigation is to be commended, however it is real action to stop the suffering of sheep on long-haul live export voyages that matters most.

The RSPCA has long argued the live export of animals is cruel and unnecessary, and should be replaced by an expanded trade in chilled and frozen meat from animals slaughtered humanely here at home.