LAST UPDATED: 7 August 2018
An end to the cruel live sheep export industry is closer than ever thanks to the results of the much-anticipated ‘Super-Saturday By-elections’. Five new MPs will be sworn in to the Federal parliament in mid-August and each of them will cast a crucial vote in support of an historic bill that will bring to an end Australia’s cruellest trade.
The suffering of sheep at sea has been a hot political issue since shocking footage was exposed on 60 Minutes almost four months ago. And voters ensured these animals remained front of mind during recent by-elections in South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and Western Australia.
Reflecting on her re-election in the South Australian electorate of Mayo, key cross-bencher Rebekha Sharkie from the Centre Alliance told the media that live export was one of her top priorities. Re-elected Labor MP in the seat of Fremantle in WA, Josh Wilson, also confirmed one of his two key priorities is securing a transition away from live sheep exports.
Finally we are seeing political momentum for animals! 5 out of 5 MPs elected last Saturday will echo the wishes of the vast majority of Australians when they get the chance to vote to end live sheep export.
With parliament to vote on live exports in a matter of days click here to make sure your MP knows how important it is that it ends for good.