Media release – 3rd May
Animal welfare organisations take the lead on addressing live exports – Turnbull government must act
Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Animals Australia and the RSCPA for offering to contribute $500,000 each to a structural adjustment package for sheep producers to assist with a transition out of the live sheep export trade.
“I would like to thank Animals Australia and the RSPCA for taking the initiative and offering solutions to assist with a necessary transition out of live sheep exports into domestic processing for the chilled meat market.
“Live exports are inherently cruel and the Australian public has been calling for this industry to be phased out for many years.
“We cannot allow this industry any more chances. Time and again we have seen the immense suffering and pain inflicted on animals that are live exported.
“It is indicative of the state of the Turnbull government’s total failure to address this issue that animal welfare organisations are taking it upon themselves to offer funding and real solutions.
“The Greens have worked with animal welfare organisations, the meatworkers union and other stakeholders over many years on the issue of live exports and have relaunched our 5-point-plan for a fair transition out of the industry into the Australian chilled meat industry. This is better for animals, better for workers and better for local economies.
“Now is the time for the Turnbull government to answer the call from Animals Australia and the RSPCA and commit to phasing out the live sheep trade with an appropriate structural adjustment package for producers” said Senator Rhiannon.