Saleyards and Animal Markets In Australia

Australia is one of the world's largest producer and exporter of so-called ‘farm’ animals, and prides itself with its animal welfare laws. But despite these laws, the animals on transport and at markets are not sufficiently protected. Handling is rough and careless. Since 2004, Animals' Angels has been advocating for the animals in Australia and demands change.

What are the Animals Suffering From?

In the turmoil of auctions at markets and saleyards we regularly observe similar problems:

  • Completely overcrowded pens.
  • Animals pushed to the ground, hardly able to stand up.
  • No water, no food.
  • No shade despite high temperatures.
  • Overheated animals.
  • Lack of care for injured/sick animals.
  • Violent unloading and loading.
  • Overcrowded transport vehicles.
  • Animals with trapped body parts, unable to free themselves.
  • Transport of unfit animals.
  • Insufficient weather protection: truck without top roof.

The saleyards, markets and transports are not regularly inspected by the regulatory authorities. Instead, the parties involved consider compliance with animal welfare laws as prerequisite.

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What Animals' Angels Does Against it

Since 2004, Animals' Angels has been with the 'farm' animals in Australia, regularly documenting proceedings at markets, saleyards and during transport.

We immediately report animal welfare concerns to the local authorities. With our complaints, we ask the responsible authorities to take action. Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the industrial and legal situation, our work is respected by veterinary authorities and the agricultural industry. In dialogue with both parties, we advocate for compliance with the law and a more respectful treatment of 'farm' animals.

Our Goals:

  • Raise awareness and respect towards 'farm' animals.
  • Compliance with existing laws.
  • More regular controls by supervisory authorities.
  • Assisting with improvements.

Project Leader:
Dawn Lowe


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