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Latest report on overseas animal cruelty: pressure mounts on govt to ban live exports

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Lee Rhiannon 10 Aug 2011

Commenting on today’s report of new evidence about the mistreatment of Australian animal exports Greens NSW Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has renewed her party’s call for the live export trade to be banned.  (The Australian).

"The exposure by Animals Australia of the cruel handling of Australian sheep and cattle in Turkey puts the Gillard government under further pressure to ban live exports,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“I understand that material collected by Animals Australia reveals that international animal welfare standards were not adhered to when Australian livestock arrived in Turkey.

“The federal government needs to realise that the outcry about this cruelty is not going to go away.

“The only solution is to stop the trade outright. The conditions under which these animals are transported is also cruel.

“The government needs to catch up with public attitude on animal welfare.

“New Zealand no longer exports its livestock and in Britain live exports have fallen dramatically since the mid 1990s.

"From the 'no live export' rallies I have attended I have met many farmers who do not support the live export trade.

“The Greens are supporting the Animals Australia rallies to be held in every capital city this Sunday calling for an end to live exports,” Senator Rhiannon said.

Senator Rhiannon will speak at the Animals Australia rally being held at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place in Sydney this Sunday.


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