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Govt sidelines animal welfare concerns in Middle East live export visit

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 9 Feb 2012

The government’s latest delegation to examine livestock trade to the Middle East excluded animal welfare experts and gave little prominence to animal cruelty concerns in the new supply chain regulations, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Senator Rhiannon spoke in this Senate today in response to a Statement tabled by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig regarding his recent livestock trade delegation to the Middle East.

“If the government is serious about making the live export trade more humane, then they should have included animal welfare experts on their latest delegation to the Middle East”, said Senator Rhiannon.

“Senator Ludwig’s report of the visit suggests there was a cosy crowd of industry representatives and exporters in tow, but not an animal welfare expert in sight.

“This was clearly not a delegation that put animal welfare front and centre.

“The government also continues to peddle the false line that the live export trade supports jobs, but processing animals onshore would deliver many more jobs in regional Australia.

“The Greens remain committed to a ban on live animal exports and we will be tracking the roll out of the supply chain assurance system closely”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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