Senator Lee Rhiannon will speak on the Matter of Public Importance: “The Gillard Government’s failure to properly regulate and monitor the live export trade via the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System and ensure animal welfare concerns are properly addressed", shortly after 3.30pm in the Senate today.
NB: The Greens’ bill to ban live exports, the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012, was reintroduced by Lee in the Senate in March 2012.
Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:
“Over the last few weeks major flaws have again been revealed in the government’s new live export regulations. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System was hatched by industry and bureaucrats as a political fix but is not working on the ground to reduce animal cruelty.
“While the Greens support Andrew Wilkie’s bill introduced today to require stunning of Australian livestock before slaughtered overseas as a step forward, the only solution to end animal cruelty is to ban live exports and build Australia’s onshore meat processing industry which will create new local jobs and assist farmers.
“It is not good enough for the government to rely on the diligence of Animals Australia to monitor the live export trade.
“If an outright ban on live exports is not forthcoming, the government must at the least dedicate more resources to scrutinising what is happening on the ground rather than doing it from a desk in Canberra.
“The Greens will also use today’s debate in the Senate to call on Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig to initiate an independent, full and transparent investigation into the voyage of the Ocean Drover and the Al Shuwaikh.