UPDATE – Live export: thousands of miles by sea to slaughter

A ewe and her lamb in the north of Spain

A ewe and her lamb in the north of Spain

My thanks to Lyn Douglas in Australia for telling me about the new regulations announced today around the live export of sheep.

The key points are listed below.

  • There will be no ban on the live sheep trade from Australia in the Middle Eastern summer.
  • The number of sheep transported per vessel in the summer months will be reduced by 28 per cent.
  • Independent observers will travel on all ships carrying cattle or sheep.
  • Any company that breaks the rules could face a fine of A$2.1 million.
  • The directors of any such company could face a jail term of up to ten years.

RSPCA Australia remains concerned.

Here is the link to the UK Reuters report.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2018

4 thoughts on “UPDATE – Live export: thousands of miles by sea to slaughter

  1. Georgie, I cannot tell you how pleased i am to read this and hear that something is going to be done about it- at last. The more people that know about it the better. It was shocking and having seen these poor animals crammed onto Italian ferries bound for Greece my heart weeps. I cannot even bear to see them in lorries on the motorways. Thank you!


    • Thank you Glynis – I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond. A hectic Bank Holiday weekend overflowed into this week – surfacing now. I too am pleased that something is being done but am also aware that this just happens to be one story caught in the headlights. There are so many other traumatic situations, repeated and unnoticed. I hope that we shall all become more aware of what is being done in our name as consumers.


    • Thank you Antoinette – I was so shocked to read about conditions on the ships. That was the jolt that got me writing but all I did was pass on the work others have done for years to try to highlight what’s happening. It’s their efforts, and the extra help from those who take the time to read about what’s going on, that makes the real difference.


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