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Pakistani sheep cull: Ludwig must launch full investigation

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.

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Greens call for inquiry into Middle East sheep stranding, end to Live Exports

The Minister for Agriculture should immediately launch an official investigation into the recent stranding of two shipments of Australian sheep with scabby mouth in the Middle East, said animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon in an urgency debate in the Senate today.

The Greens support Andrew Wilkie’s pre-slaughter stunning bill introduced today but believe it is inadequate to protect animal welfare and a complete ban on live exports is needed.

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Sen Rhiannon on Live Exports – Matter of Public Importance today

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.

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Sen Lee Rhiannon on ABC Radio AM: Live Exports

Fresh images shown on ABC TV’s Lateline program last night onthe cruel slaughter of Australian sheep in a Kuwait market reveals Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s new live export supply chain assurance system is fatally flawed. Senator Lee Rhiannon talks about the need to ban live exports outright. Lee's media release here.

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