More than 2000 Australian sheep will be ritually slaughtered in Singaporean mosques in the coming weeks, enraging animal rights activists who say the ritual killing inevitably leads to animal cruelty.

The animals are being shipped to Singapore for the annual Korban, this year on October 26, where sheep are ritually killed with a portion given to the poor and needy.

Eighteen "temporary facilities" have been approved at mosques by the Australian government following the introduction of new strict animal welfare rules, known as ESCAS, for all live exports. The rules, which require the exporter to guarantee animal welfare standards from farm to slaughter, were established after Australian cattle were slaughtered inhumanely in Indonesia last year.

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