UK Follows Australia in Livestock Export for Slaughter Ban

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, London, UK
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UK politicians have followed the lead of their Australian counterparts by voting to ban live animal exports. Yesterday, the UK Parliament voted in favor of a bill that prohibits the export of livestock for slaughter and fattening for slaughter.

This news follows an announcement from Canberra, where the Australian government declared it will ban the live export of sheep by sea starting in May 2028. This decision comes after a series of disastrous incidents involving livestock carriers.

The livestock carrier fleet is among the oldest in merchant shipping, with approximately 60% of the vessels being over 30 years old.

In recent years, many countries have reexamined their laws regarding livestock shipments. This shift has been driven by numerous exposés revealing horrifying conditions onboard these carriers, which have gained significant media attention.