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Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 31 Oct 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
31 October 2013

Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

Following the disturbing ABC Lateline report on the slaughter of sheep in Jordan in contravention of Australian live export regulations Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said strong regulatory action needs to be taken against the company.

ABC Lateline - http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3880669.htm

Animals Australia - http://animalsaustralia-media.org/upload/photos/jordan-eid-2013/

"News that thousands of sheep exported from Australia due to be killed in approved abattoirs in Jordan are being sold on the streets in that country to private buyers for slaughter has again put the spotlight on the failure of live export regulations," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System Australian export companies are legally responsible for ensuring welfare standards for exported animals.

"The on-selling of animals exported from Australia to private buyers for slaughter is strictly prohibited.

"The company involved in this latest round of serious breaches is the Australian exporter Livestock Shipping Services. The company's directors are based in Jordan and it is solely owned by the Jordanian importer Hijazi and Ghosheh.

"I congratulate Animals Australia for exposing these serious breaches.

"This exposure again raises the question of why the Department of Agriculture did not take action to stop these breaches.

"I understand from Animals Australia that a complaint about this company had already been lodged with the Department in June as 26 locations had been found to be selling sheep exported from Australia outside approved supply chains.

"This latest breach clearly reveals that when the Department does not act companies involved in the live export trade become serial offenders.

"If the government fails to take strong regulatory action against this company public calls for the trade in live animals to stop will only increase.

"The Greens support an end to the live export trade and the development of the export trade in boxed chilled meat. This shift would address ongoing animal welfare concerns, create thousands of jobs and boost the economy particularly in regional Australia," Senator Rhiannon said.

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