Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the ongoing suffering of sheep stranded in South Australia during transport and new footage of Turkish abattoirs underlines the need to end live exports.
“Mr Wilkie’s Bill legislating Australian standards and mandatory stunning in foreign abattoirs is a positive interim step, but if passed wouldn’t protect the 67,000 sheep stuck at Port Adelaide from the cruelty they are now experiencing on their way to the Middle East,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The toughest standards covering handling and slaughtering of livestock exported from Australia will not alleviate the suffering of animals being transported in ageing, inadequate ships.
“There will never be an Australian official policing every abattoir or every transport vessel.
“The Greens’ Bill to immediately end live exports is still before a Senate Inquiry. We will keep working with concerned members of the public and animal welfare groups to end this cruel trade.
“Animals Australia’s footage of slaughter practices in Turkey again shows that the government and the industry have turned a blind eye to barbaric practices in overseas markets.
“The failure of the Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig to act on Animal Australia’s footage, delivered to him over a week ago, is disappointing.
“The Greens will work with the livestock and processing industries and unions to phase out this trade as quickly as possible.
"I congratulate Animals Australia for their work on live exports. They are doing the job the government should be doing.
"Their investigations further highlight the failure of the Australian government to end the mistreatment of Australian live exports,” Ms Rhiannon said.