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Thursday, 2 April 1987
Page: 1989

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth that:

According to the Senate Select Committee report 1 million sheep have died during export to the Middle East in the last 5 years. At least 2% die on each voyage, in addition to the large numbers which may die as a result of particularly adverse conditions, for example 40,000 due to fire, 15,000 due to cold at Portland and 15,000 recently due to humidity near Jedda. Beyond the mortality figures, all sheep endure the stress of the voyage and the cruelty of halal slaughter (which has recently been banned in Britain).

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled should accept the findings of the Senate Select Committee. In particular:

(1) to phase out the live sheep export trade over 5 years and to substitute for it refrigerated sheepmeat trade,

(2) in the interim, to give the Australian Agricultural Health and Quarantine Service responsibility for the welfare of export sheep in Australia, including the power to stop abuses,

(3) in the interim, to implement the Senate Select Committee's recommendations regarding the improvement of current conditions and husbandry practices.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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