BREAKING - The Australian Government is being pressured to allow Australian ponies, horses and donkeys to be sent overseas for slaughter.

On 24 May 2017 the Australian Government Department of Agriculture confirmed that it had received a number of enquiries about exporting horses, ponies and donkeys “in large numbers for slaughter” and that it was developing regulations to facilitate the trade.

Australian ponies, horses and donkeys – that have been taken from the wild, retired from the racing industry, or bought from their owners – could be subjected to a dangerous and uncertain live export voyage, and slaughtered in foreign countries for their skin and meat.

Demand for ‘ejiao’ – a product made from donkey skins used as a traditional Chinese tonic – has skyrocketed in recent years.

Having decimated donkey populations throughout Africa, Chinese companies are now looking to Australia as a new source to feed their demand.

Add your voice now to this official petition to the Australian Parliament calling upon the Senate to prohibit the live export of ponies, horses and donkeys, once and for all.

Add your voice now to this official petition to the Australian Parliament calling upon the Senate to prohibit the live export of ponies, horses and donkeys, once and for all.

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

Horses, ponies, and donkeys are highly sensitive animals that would suffer tremendously if subjected to the stressors of live export for slaughter in foreign countries. On 24 May 2017, during Senate Estimates hearings, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirmed that it had received a number of inquiries for the export of horses and donkeys “in large numbers for slaughter.” The Department further confirmed that it was developing policy that would facilitate such a trade.

If such a trade was to commence it would lead to the suffering of many thousands of Australian horses, ponies, and donkeys as they would be sent overseas to be slaughtered for their skin and meat. This would be unethical and highly unacceptable to the Australian community.

We the undersigned, caring and compassionate Australians, demand the Australian Government take immediate action to expressly prohibit the export of all equines, including horses, ponies, and donkeys, for the purposes of slaughter.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate:

1. Call upon the Australian Government to expressly prohibit the live export of all equines, including horses, ponies, and donkeys, for the purposes of slaughter;

2. Strongly condemn and reject any bills, legislative instruments, or Government initiatives that would facilitate the development of a live export trade in horses, ponies, or donkeys for slaughter;

3. Support any bills, legislative instruments, or Government initiatives that would prohibit the live export of horses, ponies, and donkeys; and

4. Do everything else in its power to prevent the export of horses, ponies, and donkeys for the purposes of slaughter.