Over 10,000 Australian sheep have been brutally culled in Pakistan, according to local media reports.
Jodie Jankevics, Campaign Manager, WSPA Australia said: “The situation in Pakistan is absolutely unequivocally unacceptable. Australian sheep are being clubbed, stabbed and buried alive whilst the Australian government stands by, supports the live export trade, and lets it happen. Untrained operators are cutting the throats of sheep and then throwing them into trenches and yet nothing is being done.
“This practice is the direct consequence of the live export trade which has left our animals to face this unbearable hardship. Once the sheep leave our shores, this kind of cruelty can happen without the Australian government having the official power to intervene.
“The live export trade is an inherently risky business. Australia cannot account for the actions of an importing country, which is evident here. This is why Australia can, and indeed must, move towards the more humane and sustainable option of on-shore processing. For the Australian economy, for farmers and for these poor animals, this is a win-win, sustainable solution”.