18 Sep '12, 12am

Hellish Journeys for Australian Sheep

Hellish Journeys for Australian Sheep

Fewer than 23 million people live in Australia, compared to over 74 million sheep . Once a sheep is no longer producing wool at peak rates, economics dictates what its owner will do: ship it overseas to a country with a higher demand and lower supply. After all, Australians can eat only so much mutton. That “shipping it overseas” part is a lot more problematic than it may sound. In fact, it means torture, starvation and often death for the live “cargo,” as Care2′s Sharon Seltzer has reported . According to Animals Australia and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), “Tens of thousands of animals don’t survive the sea journey.” Animals Australia says that “2.6 million sheep have perished on live export vessels since the trade began.” In 2010 alone, the group reports, 27,000 sheep “died before reaching their destination.” Not that sheep have it s...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/hellish-journeys-for-australi...

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Care2 Success! Seal Pups Saved from Certain Death

care2.com 18 Sep '12, 10pm

Today, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release two six-month-ol...