Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig must instigate a full, transparent and public inquiry into the latest live export debacle following reports of the brutal culling of Australian sheep in Pakistan, says Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
"The cruelty involved in the slaughter of Australian sheep in Pakistan, and the mishandling of this sheep shipment from its inception, demands an urgent inquiry," Senator Rhiannon said.
"The Australian government and the export company Wellard have lost total control over the supply chain and animals have suffered terribly as a result.
"The slaughter of Australian sheep in Pakistan might be occurring out of sight, out of mind but the problems remain.
"Clearly the government cannot manage the live export industry from a desk in Canberra and the only solution is a ban on live exports," Senator Rhiannon said.
Read more about Senator Rhiannon's ban live export campaign and private members bill.