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Govt must come clean on fate of 21,000 live export sheep: Greens

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Lee Rhiannon 17 Sep 2012

Govt must come clean on fate of 21,000 live export sheep: Greens

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig needs to come clean about fate of 21,000 sheep waiting in Pakistan, said Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Lee Rhiannon amid conflicting reports that all of the sheep will be, or are already being, killed because they have tested positive to salmonella.

“Either Minister Ludwig has no idea about the fate of these 21,000 sheep or he is deliberately staying tight-lipped. Whichever way, it is an embarrassment for the government and shows a break-down in the supply chain assurance system,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Images from the Karachi holding lot show pens so crowded that the sheep would struggle to reach food and water.

“If the cull goes ahead, it is unclear how these sheep will be killed and whether it will occur in facilities approved by the government’s supply chain assurance system given that the sheep are no longer destined for human consumption.

“The Greens are calling on Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig to initiate an independent investigation into the distressing journey this sheep have endured since leaving Australia.

“This shipment of sheep has been dogged by controversy and is a poster-child for why the live export trade is cruel and inhumane and should come to an end,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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