A live animal is not a sack of potatoes. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer. But to the live animal export trade his suffering is just a cost of doing business. Every day, right across the world, vulnerable animals are enduring dangerous journeys on trucks and on ships, just to be killed for their meat — often horrifically — at their destination.
All across the world, like cargo.
Millions have died
on these death journeys
By sea or by road, transport is unavoidably stressful and dangerous for animals.
Lengthy voyages can be a death sentence. Sheep risk a slow death from starvation, illness and injury. After weeks on ships, cows can emerge caked in so much excrement that they are barely recognisable. In some parts of the world it’s not unusual for the bodies of discarded, dead animals to wash up on local beaches.
Tragically, the only thing worse than these journeys for animals, is what will happen to them at their destination.
Those who survive can face this:
Panicked by unfamiliar sounds and smells, he had a bag placed over his head then with a chain around his leg, he was hung upside down to have his throat cut. Such brutal methods of slaughter are common in countries that have no laws in place to protect animals from extreme cruelty.
By pushing animals into new countries, the industry aims to get people to eat more meat
At a time when health experts are urging people to eat less meat
And it’s not just health experts. The United Nations has called for “a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products” in order to avoid global environmental devastation. But rich live export companies are pushing for the exact opposite — while subjecting animals to extreme cruelty.
No amount of profit can justify this.