17 January 2014
Commenting on the death of 4 000 sheep at sea last August, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The Department of Agriculture (DAFF) should explain to the Australian public why a disaster of such magnitude has been kept a secret for the past five months.
"DAFF's silence on this horrific incident serves nothing but to protect the exporter Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) from bad publicity.
"Five months later DAFF still have not applied any penalties, let alone revoked or suspended LSS's trading licence.
"DAFF's ‘solution' which was to increase the space for each sheep by 10 per cent or approximately the size of a magazine is a travesty.
"This is the worst disaster at sea in recent history and the Australian government must administer accountability for the tragedy.
"What happened is criminal and is just one in a long string of horrific exposés of animal suffering during export which shows that ESCAS is a failed system.
"The Greens will continue to campaign for an end to live exports and a move to a viable boxed chilled meat industry.
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