Animals Australia urged Australian citizens to call on their representatives to push for an end to the live export trade, BikyaMasr.com reported Friday.
"These are the latest tragic results of a live export industry that sends animals to be killed in countries where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty," Animals Australia said in a statement.
"No politician can defend a trade that comes with the risk of animals being clubbed, stabbed, or buried alive. Enough is enough. Today, don't let your MP off the hook."
Pakistani officials confirmed to Bikymasr.com that they would continue the killing of more than 21,000 sheep despite telling the Australian government that the animals were to be slaughtered for food. The Pakistanis say the animals were infected with bacteria.
"There is no suspension in the process, as the bacterial presence in the animal is confirmed and we can't put human life in danger in Pakistan," Karachi's top administrator, Roshan Shaikh, said.
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward said he was "surprised and concerned" about the killings, saying the sheep posed "no human or animal health risks."
Salmonella and actinomyces "are part of normal gut flora and are present in livestock throughout the world, and in this form pose no threat to human health," Heyward said.
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