14 October 2013
Latest mass animal cruelty highlight need to end live exports
Commenting on the serious breaches of live export standards in Jordan and Kuwait, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said these incidents have again demonstrated why a comprehensive ban on live exports is necessary to protect animal welfare.
“These latest incidents of mass cruelty highlight the enormous problems with the Coalition’s plan to boost the quota of animals destined for the live export trade,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The current ESCAS model is a failed and unworkable system as the humane slaughter of Australian animals cannot be controlled from a desk in Canberra.
“This so-called regulatory system has not stopped the appalling treatment of exported animals as detailed in these latest reports.
“Australians have been alerted to these unacceptable cruel practices due to the hard work of Animals Australia. Yet again the Department of Agriculture has failed to do its job.
“When parliament resumes I will be moving legislation to end the live export trade and set up an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.
“The answer to the live export trade is the substitution of chilled boxed meat exports to our overseas markets.
“A highly successful chilled meat export industry will serve to boost the Australian cattle industry by providing greater market certainty, increased employment, as well as improved animal welfare,” Senator Rhiannon said.
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