Now imagine doing this all while pregnant.
Every year, the Australian dairy industry sends over 90,000 dairy cows and heifers alive to foreign countries. Unlike most animals who are slaughtered for their meat, these live export victims are sent to be used for their milk and to grow foreign dairy herds.
Even though they are exposed to the same risks and suffering as animals exported live for slaughter, animals who are exported for breeding are excluded even from the most basic live export standards once they reach their destination.
This is the dairy ‘legal loophole’.
Once these sentient creatures disembark from a live export vessel, they have zero protection under Australian law.
What’s more, a dairy cow can suffer throughout this whole process while pregnant, with no legal protection and an uncertain future awaiting her and her calf overseas.
The Government says it is too hard to protect these animals. We say it’s time to end the live export trade in dairy cows.
Please sign the petition to end dairy cow live exports today.
To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled
The petition of the undersigned condemns the live export of animals from Australia, particularly those animals exported for breeding purposes.
Live export subjects all animals to extreme cruelty, suffering and abuse. Animals exported for breeding purposes are at a greater risk, because they are completely unprotected by Australian law once they reach an overseas destination.
Your petitioners request that the Senate acts immediately and without delay to ban the live export of breeder animals.