Fresh images shown on ABC TV’s Lateline program tonight of the cruel slaughter of Australian sheep in a Kuwait market reveals Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s new live export supply chain assurance system is fatally flawed, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.
“Coming on the back of the botched handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East this footage should prompt the government to end live exports once and for all,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The Kuwait footage again reveals that the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System was designed to provide the government with a political fix and is a bankrupt solution to the suffering of Australian livestock.
“The exporter and the government have failed to inject the resources on the ground necessary to ensure sheep are sold, handled and slaughtered in accordance with the Minister’s new system.
“It should not be up to Animals Australia to monitor the live export industry for the government and pick up that animals are being handled outside of the accredited supply chain.
“If proper regulation and monitoring systems are not being put in place, as this new footage and other incidents since March suggest, then the live exports trade must cease.
“This footage showing flagrant contempt for Minister Ludwig’s supply chain assurance system, instituted in March 2012, will distress the public anew.
“The Department of Agriculture’s initial delay in acting on information provided by Animals Australia is disappointing but the Greens welcome the commitment to now investigate,” Senator Rhiannon said.