ANIMAL rights organisation PETA is calling on people to lobby their local MP to oppose the live export of livestock.
The group says that over the past 30 years, Australia has "crammed more than 200 million animals onto filthy, multi-level cargo ships, with more than 2.5 million of these animals getting trampled to death or dying from dehydration, starvation or disease en route to the Middle East".
It says in a media statement that those who do survive the gruelling journey, which can last for weeks in searing heat, may be roughly dragged from the ships and thrown onto trucks or into the backseats or boots of cars.
"They often face abuse and methods of slaughter that are illegal in Australia. Many will have their throats cut while they are still conscious, even though prior stunning is allowed under the rules of halal slaughter," it said.
"There is simply no humane way to transport tens of thousands of animals on cramped, putrid ships, often in sweltering heat, on journeys lasting several weeks.
"PETA and our affiliates have protested live export in both Australia and the Middle East, petitioned ministers for change and met with activists in Australia and the Middle East to encourage them to take action against the cruel voyages - but we need your help to bring this terrible trade to an end.
"Please speak up for animals used for live export today by asking your local MP to support a ban on the export of live animals from Australia."
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