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Questions on Notice: Greyhounds

Estimates & Committees
Lee Rhiannon 30 May 2013

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Additional Estimates February 2013
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Question: 64
Division/Agency: Biosecurity Animal Division
Topic: Greyhounds
Proof Hansard page: Written
Senator RHIANNON asked:
1. In a letter to Humane Society International regarding export of greyhounds to Macau, the Minister stated that the Australian Government will continue to request updates on Macau's progress to introduce animal welfare legislation.
a. When did the Australian Government last request an update, and what are the details of that update?
b. What is Australia doing to encourage the Macau Government to enact such legislation?
c. How is the banning of greyhound to Macau different to the banning or suspension of livestock exports as has been done by various Australian Governments?
2. The Minister stated that Greyhounds Australasia is working towards ensuring the welfare of greyhounds exported from Australia.
a. What are the details of Greyhounds Australasia's programme in this regard, and where is it up to?
3. What are the Government's requirements for the welfare of exported Australian greyhounds, and how does it differ from requirements for exported Australian livestock?
Answer:
1.
a) The Australian Government met with Macau authorities in May 2012 to discuss greyhound welfare. At this meeting Macau authorities provided an update on the development of animal welfare legislation and associated programs, including re-homing strategies.
b) As noted above, we have held discussions with the Macau authorities, including about the development of animal welfare legislation.
c) The temporary suspension of the export of feeder and slaughter livestock to Indonesia was implemented by making orders under the Australian Meat and Live-stock Act (AMLI) 1997 and the Export Control (Orders) Regulations 1982. These orders temporarily suspended the export of feeder and slaughter livestock to Indonesia.
The export of domestic animals is regulated under the Export Control Act 1982.
Under World Trade Organization rules, it would not be possible to ban exports of greyhounds to one country without banning them to all countries. A ban on exports to all countries would have broad implications, including preventing greyhound owners from taking their pets abroad.

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