12 December 2013
Commenting on new evidence of extreme cruelty inflicted on cattle exported from Australia, the Greens have challenged the Coalition to transition the industry to trade in chilled boxed meat to ensure markets for Australian farmers.
"This latest evidence obtained by Animals Australia showing horrific brutality of cattle is the worst we have seen yet and has to be the last," Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
"All the abuses are in breach of Australia's live export regulations and the Australian Government has to hold the exporter to account
"Does the Coalition have the courage to admit that ESCAS is a complete failure and we cannot stop cruel practices overseas from a desk in Canberra?
"Labor never had the vision to transition to an end of live exports, even though tens of thousands of Australians took to the streets in protest.
"On behalf of the tens of thousands of Australians that continue to be distressed about the torture inflicted on live exports, I ask the Coalition to transition to the export of boxed chilled meat.
"This trade is unacceptable when there is a viable alternative. Australian livestock should go to local abattoirs and the government should work with the industry to boost overseas trade in processed meat.
"This is shocking footage that proves Australia's live exports regulations are not working," Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said.
"The government seems unwilling or unable to enforce its own regulations.
"We will push forward with action in both Houses of Parliament to end the live export trade.
The Greens will be reintroducing their bill for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare in the first sitting week of 2014.
Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880
Adam Bandt 0487 900 005
Greens 5 point plan: ‘Growing Australia's meat processing as an alternative to live exports': http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-release-live-exports-position-paper-building-domestic-meat-processing
Note - The events described here occurred in Gaza. The cattle were transported by the exporter Livestock Shipping Services from Australia to Gaza via Israel. We are aware of these incidents of extreme cruelty due to the actions of courageous people in Gaza and Israel.
Video from Animals Australia (WARNING- very graphic): http://www.banliveexport.com/features/gaza-video-evidence.php