Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has called on the Federal government to resist industry demands for foreign aid money to be spent on improving and building new abattoirs in Indonesia, saying such a move will divert funding from the key task of overcoming poverty (“Human costs of export ban hitting hard says NT chief, The Age today).
“While there is a pressing need to stop the inhumane treatment of cattle in Indonesia, it would be wrong to redirect precious foreign aid dollars to this task,” said animal welfare and foreign aid spokesperson Senator Rhiannon.
“The Greens will not be backing away from our bill to ban live cattle exports.
“New Zealand’s transition away from live exports is living proof that it can be done successfully.
“Foreign aid is too often allocated in a way that is designed to serve Australia’s political and commercial interests. The Gillard government should not use aid money as a tool to cure the ongoing sore of live exports.
“Ending live exports is the only real way to stop the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in overseas abattoirs,” Senator Rhiannon said.
You can listen to Lee being interviewed on Radio Australia's Asia Pacific program here.