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Sheep on live export ships are not just cargo — they breathe, they feel and they suffer. 

The temperature on board export ships exceeds 50 degrees, and thousands of these gentle, social creatures are literally cooked to death – over a period of days.1 

Yet despite this systematic suffering, today a government-commissioned review fell woefully short in its recommendations.2 And Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is using it to justify his refusal to ban live sheep exports — even in the most brutal summer months. 

But tensions over live animal exports are at an all time high in the Coalition partyroom, with MPs Sussan Ley, Sarah Henderson and Jason Wood leading an open revolt by calling for a ban.3 

If we can respond to today's sham review with a massive swell of public outrage, we have a real chance of convincing more Coalition MPs to break ranks. And if enough backbenchers take a stand, Prime Minister Turnbull will be left with no choice but to act. 

Can you take a stand for the thousands of sheep who suffer on live export ships by adding your name the petition calling for a ban on the practice? 

Banner reads "end live animal exports now" 

Right now, Turnbull is under intense pressure to end live export cruelty. And with a Super Saturday of five by-elections on the horizon, the last thing he needs is a partyroom divided amidst a media storm about animal abuse. 

Former Cabinet minister, Sussan Ley, introduced a private members bill to ban live exports of sheep. That kind of open defiance almost never happens. A former farmer herself, Ley hasn't minced her words saying "it's time for these monsters to face prosecution".4 

Now another two Liberal backbenchers, Sarah Henderson and Jason Wood have joined the call for a ban.5 If more follow Ley and Henderson's lead, then Turnbull will be forced to act, the way he did when backbenchers backed the banking royal commission. 

Media attention and public pressure has been driving the backbench revolt — which is why we need a massive showing of support now for the welfare of these gentle creatures. 

Will you help generate a massive show of public support for banning the live export of sheep by adding your name to the petition today? 

We don't have long to secure this ban. The month of May marks the beginning of the annual live export season — when travelling conditions become so extreme that sheep literally cook alive from heat stress. 

We cannot doom thousands of these gentle, social creatures to months of distress, agony and horrific deaths. 

We've reached a tipping point moment. With a divided government, we need maximum public pressure to get them landing on the side of animal welfare. 

Click here to call on the Government to put animal welfare first and end live sheep exports now. 

If Turnbull thinks he can sit on his hands while these terrified sheep suffer, then he has underestimated just how much Australians from all walks of life are appalled by this systematic abuse. 

We won't wait any longer. 

Neneh, Ruby and Mark — for the Getup team 

[1] 60 Minutes uncovers disturbing video from live sheep export vessel, 9 News, 9 April 2018 
[2] Live exports won't be banned in coming months despite RSPCA warnings, ABC News, 17 May 2018 
[3] Live exports: Sussan Ley to introduce bill to end live sheep exports, The Weekly Times, 24 April 
[4] Coalition live exports split with MP calling for sheep trade ban, The Courier, 10 April 2018 
[5] Live export ban faces prospect of passing Parliament after Labor signs on, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2018 
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