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The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION -

CAN you imag­ine how you’d feel if you were im­pris­oned inside a ship where the tem­per­a­ture was steadily ris­ing – and ris­ing and ris­ing? Can you imag­ine how you’d feel be­ing cooked alive?

Well, this week it was re­vealed that 2400 Aus­tralian sheep were cooked alive on the Awassi Ex­press last Au­gust. On Chan­nel Nine’s 60 Min­utes pro­gram last night (8/4) we saw footage taken by a whistle­blower aboard this ves­sel which showed sheep gasp­ing for oxy­gen, noses flar­ing and smoth­ered in fae­ces. Many were un­able to lie down to rest or even reach food or water. New­born lambs were tram­pled to death.

One can­not even be­gin to imag­ine the suf­fer­ing that th­ese piti­ful an­i­mals would have en­dured be­fore they fi­nally suc­cumbed to death.

If some­one in Aus­tralia sub­jected a dog or cat to this suf­fer­ing it would be re­garded – and pun­ished – as an an­i­mal cru­elty of­fence. Yet our gov­ern­ment, by al­low­ing, sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing live ex­port, is sub­ject­ing mil­lions of an­i­mals to this unimag­in­able suf­fer­ing and get­ting away scot-free. — Jenny Mox­ham

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