Live animal export is immoral, inherently cruel, and indefensible.

With the election finally over, now is the time to make your views known to our Prime Minister and your local Federal MP and candidate.

Prime Minister Gillard has been willing to right injustices that previous leaders were unwilling to confront. It is now time to right the injustice of live export.

How can you help?

1. Tell the Government that you want this cruel trade in animal suffering to end.

Contact Julia Gillard – key points to include, sample letter and contact details

Personal letters to politicians have significant impact.   Each is noted as an indication of issues that are of public concern.  If your name and address is provided – politicians must respond.  Local members and candidates are as important as party leaders as they exist to express your views in parliament.

35,000 sheep died en route in 2008 despite industry & government claims that they have the best standards in the world.   Equally damning is the belief in the Middle East that Australians (that’s you and me!) approve of their treatment of animals, through Australia’s willingness to supply animals to the region.   All animals in the region continue to suffer as a result.

Letters do not need to be long – in fact, you can simply express your opposition to the trade and that you will not vote for a party that supports live animal export.

Contact the Prime Minister
Julia Gillard
Contact the Agriculture Minister
Joe Ludwig

Mail:The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Mail: Senator Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Contact the Prime Minister E-Mail:

Tel: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8495

Tel: (02) 6277 7520
Fax: (02) 6273 4406


Please also contact your local ALP or Coalition Party candidates to express your opposition to live export. You can find out their details on the following websites:


Please send a letter asking him/her to raise the issue in Parliament on your behalf.

2. Gather support—download our Live Export: Indefensible petition.

Animals Australia has already collected hundreds of thousands of signatures opposing the live export trade, making it one of the largest petitions ever tabled in the Senate. We continue to collect signatures from caring Australians calling for an end to this terrible trade.  Seeking signatures on the petition is also a great way to keep this issue in front of the community.

3. Spread the Word online!

      Embed our banner into your myspace page, website or e-mail:


Live Export - Indefensible!

(copy the following code to put this banner on your site or e-mail signature)

You can also include our videos and photos on your website or MySpace page.

4. Generate press coverage

Write letters to your local newspapers to express your views on the live export trade and to inform more people about our campaign.  Keep letters short, highlighting the key points; the cruelty, and the fact that the presence of Australian animals in the Middle East sends the clear message that Australians must think that cruelty is acceptable – otherwise, we wouldn’t send our animals there.

5. Contribute to our campaign to expose and end this suffering.

Without the financial support of our members and supporters, we would not have been able to expose the cruelty of the live export trade.  Animals Australia has visited the Middle East six times, and has informed hundreds of thousands of people about the plight of the animals being sent to endure painful handling and slaughter: the financial support of our members and supporters made this possible. Please join our united voice for an end to this indefensible trade – please sponsor an investigator, donate to and / or become a member of Animals Australia.

6. Give your time – be a voice for Australian animals.

These animals cannot speak for themselves; their plight has for too long been silently ignored. Join the Animals Australia volunteer network and give a voice to these animals in your local area. You can leave leaflets in local shops, give them to friends and family, and organise a leaflet distribution in your area. We also have Volunteer Packs available free of charge (containing leaflets, stickers, and leafleting tips) for people who want to help end the suffering of these animals—email for more details.

Even if you have never done something like this before,
now is the time to speak out for Australian animals.

 Please help us to end this indefensible trade in animal misery.