Israeli Public Security Minister Calls For Ban On Long-Haul Livestock Transport

The minister described the transport practices as 'serious abuse'
Animals Australia says the expose is the first of its kind (Photo: Instagram)

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan moved to ban 'cruel' long-haul shipments of living animals from Australia to Israel on Sunday.


Erdan was inspired by an expose created by Animals Australia that aired on Australia's television program 60 Minutes last week.

The expose - which Animals Australia says is the first of its kind - documented gruelling trips from Australia to the Middle East forced upon sheep destined for slaughter.

Each journey featured lasted upward of three weeks, with footage revealing extreme overcrowding, oppressive heat, and a lack of clear access to food or water.


Heat wave

A Twitter post from 60 Minutes Australia shared footage of the animals during a five-day heat wave.

The caption said: "Ship records show that on the second day, 880 sheep die.

"That’s one death every two minutes."

One shipment's death toll was 2,400.

The victims of were thrown overboard.

'Unbearable conditions'

Parts of the original expose were also aired during Israeli television program Hadashot, which had veterinarian Yuval Samuel as a guest, and commenter.

After witnessing the footage, Samuel said: "They literally cook from the inside while alive during the journey."

Despite previous promises from the agriculture ministry, the government has reportedly failed to reduce livestock export in the past.

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