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Live export inquiry a missed opportunity

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 23 Nov 2011

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report in response to the findings of the Senate Inquiry report into Animal Welfare Standards.

Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says it is 'implausible' that MLA and LiveCorp were unaware of appalling animal welfare issues in Indonesia.

"Clearly MLA and LiveCorp have failed to adequately monitor or improve animal welfare practices in foreign markets," Senator Siewert said today.

"Both MLA and LiveCorp appear motivated by the industry's economic effectiveness, rather than the welfare of animals. Clearly the Government needs to play a greater regulatory role in the live export industry.

"It is disappointing that the Senate Inquiry was distracted by inappropriate comments made by Liberal Senator Chris Back.

"I have no doubt that Four Corners went to substantial effort to substantiate the veracity of the footage they broadcast. Senator Back should retract the comments he made under the protection of parliamentary privilege.

"The inquiry was distracted by these comments rather than focusing on the industry and animal welfare," said Senator Siewert.

"This is a hot button issue for people around the country but many will be disappointed by the Committee's recommendations," Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

"The public outcry will not go away until the live export trade is stopped and pre-slaughter stunning becomes mandatory at all Australian abattoirs.

"The Greens will continue to campaign on our private members bill to ban all live animal exports, and bring the bill back for debate again next year.

"I congratulate Animals Australia and the many community groups and individuals who have campaigned to put this issue firmly on the public radar," said Senator Rhiannon.

View the report online.

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