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  1. There are some terrible things you see and hear of in the animal world, unbelievable cruelty.

    And there are people who are trying to do something about it – so this is an appeal to you to give them your support.  In this case, Animals Australia need your support to get animals off death ships. 

    I wanted to raise awareness of the horrendous journeys many animals make from Australia to the Middle East.  They leave Australia alive and many just cook to death on the ships.

    Did you hear the news about the 2,400 sheep who died while making the journey from Australia to three Middle Eastern countries in August?

    60 Minutes covered two stories – you may not want to click on the links…

    1. The Awassi Express sailed from Australia’s winter to the Middle Eastern summer 2,400 sheep died of heat stress.   Some were trapped in excrement.  Somebody filmed it.
    2. A second 60 Minutes program aired in Australia Animals Australia footage of sheep being beaten, dragged and thrown outside an abattoir in Qatar.  

    Find out more here – it’s not nice reading.

    On many of these live export ships:

    1. Sheep have to stand – there is no room to lie down and rest
    2. There is no access to food or water
    3. They have to endure extreme heat, exhaustion, rough seas, poor ventiliation
    4. They have to endure millions of litres of untreated urine and faeces
    5. They are, effectively, trapped in a live oven

    Over 3 million have died over the years.

    According to Animals Australia, “the Australian Veterinarian Association has publically recommended that all live sheep exports between May and October be stopped — due to the predictable and unavoidable increased risk of heat stress”

    Please sign and stop this happening

    Please help us!  Join Animals Australia campaign and add your name

    Animals Australia say:

    For the first time, authorities can now independently assess the actions of the live export trade at sea.  The Department of Agriculture is duty bound to stop the export of live animals if federal laws are not upheld, or if travel arrangements are inadequate for animal health and welfare.

    New evidence reveals not only that the live export trade is breaking the law, but that animals are being denied their most basic needs – proper access to food, water, rest and veterinary care.

    I will ask you to add your name to a current petition Animals Australia have to try to stop these live exports happening.  The way these animals are treated is absolutely wrong, it is cruel and unforgiveable.  

    Animals Australia have more information on their website and you can get as much information as you need there;  but if you don’t want to read it, you don’t have to – you can simply sign. 

    Signing your name…

    When you click through to Animals Australia, look for the orange banner towards the bottom of what you see.  The orange banner has “Add your name” on the right hand side.   You can sign and do your bit for these animals.  It will only take a tick to do

    Please sign here 


    And then please spread the word. 

    The more of us that sign this petition the better and then hopefully the Australian government will come to its senses and show some decency and do the right thing and put a stop to live export of sheep. 

    The Labor Government in Australia has said that, if elected, it will spare sheep from live export cruelty.   Find out more here

    At the time of writing this, over 355,000 people have signed already – so please, join them.  Sign the petition – and then spread the word.

    What sort of “human” being really thinks it’s okay for this to happen to animals?   

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.

    Mahatma Gandhi

    It’s time to stop the rot.

    Will you join all those caring people to help end illegal animal abuse — before another death ship leaves Australian shores?

    Please SIGN HERE

     

  2. Don't miss this tonight (Tuesday 15 May 2018) on BBC2 at 8pm - the programme is called Pangolins - The World's Most Wanted Animal.

    Sir David Attenborough wastes no time, says the Sunday Times review.  He introduces us to the pangolin, and then explains it's the world's most trafficked wild animal.

    100,000 are killed every year for their meat and scales, and the pangolin is rapidly heading for extinction. 

     

    German pangolin conservationist Maria Diekmann is based in Namibia, and she travels to Vietnam, Thailand and China in an effort to help their plight.  Maria founded the Rare and Endangered Species Trust  (for short, REST Namibia)

    Visit BBC2 here.

    Adopt a Pangolin from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 
    Adopt a Pangolin from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
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    Visit the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation here and adopt a pangolin

    Visit ZSL's website to find out more about their pangolin conservation work