Commenting on a deal to expand Australian live cattle exports to China, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"Instead of working with farmers and the industry to rebuild domestic meat manufacturing, the Abbott government has again chosen to turn a blind eye to the suffering of animals shipped for live exports.
"Opening up abattoirs across regional Australia would create thousands of jobs and help secure Australia a stronger place in the expanding international trade in processed meat.
"An ABARES report earlier this year confirmed that live export pales in comparison to Australia's boxed meat exports in terms of economic benefits.
"Over the past thirty years Australia has exported more than 160 million animals overseas. More than 2.5 million have died on those voyages alone*.
"Around 20,000 sheep die on ships each year - from heat stress, illness, injury and failing to eat the unfamiliar food on board - before they even reach their destination country.
"The only way to stop this cruelty is end of live exports by working with Australian farmers to expand and strengthen the processed meat trade.
"The Greens bill to end live exports is before parliament, and I will continue to pursue this.
To see the Greens transition plan to grow Australia's meat processing as an alternate to live exports, click here.
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