MEDIA RELEASE – 21 May 2018
Greens call on Turnbull to back Ley’s live export Bill
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Sussan Ley for introducing a Bill to the House of Representatives to transition out of live sheep exports and has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support the Bill.
“I congratulate Sussan Ley for taking a stand against animal cruelty and introducing this Bill to the House of Representatives to transition Australia out of the live sheep export trade.
“Myself and Senator Derryn Hinch are working with animal welfare organisations and the meatworkers’ union to also build cross-party support in the Senate for a transition out of live sheep exports.
“The Greens support the call by vets and animal welfare organisations to extend the banned summer shipment months to include June and October. We also urge Sussan Ley to lower the stocking densities on all other shipments. Currently thousands of shipped sheep are allowed little more area than two A4 pieces of paper
“The Turnbull government needs to back Sussan Ley’s Bill. It is time to get on with the job of legislating a transition out of this inherently cruel trade.
“In the Senate I will continue to work with Senator Hinch, other crossbencher Senators and Labor on a similar private members bill.