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Live animal export company - Livestock Shipping Services – should have licence suspended

Commenting on a story on Lateline last night about cruelty to Australian animals in the Middle East, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

 “Livestock Shipping Services (LSS), the reported exporter of Australian animals that have suffered horrific abuse in Gaza, should have its export licence suspended until all investigations against it are completed.

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174 live export deaths on plane - fourth incident in 12 months

The Greens have again called for an end to live exports after 174 Australian sheep died on an export cargo plane due to ventilation failure.

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "These tragic deaths again highlight the risks the industry is prepared to take with animals. It shouldn't be underestimated just how much each of these sheep would have suffered.

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Animal Welfare is a Greens Priority

In parliaments around the country and in the community the Greens are working hard to promote animal welfare and animal rights. We are very passionate about this issue because the well-being of so many animals rests in our hands.

I have always been very proud that the Greens are the only parliamentary party that has a specific policy on animal welfare. We also have animal welfare working groups active in our party.

Click the link below to download Animal Welfare: Greens Priority.

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Speech: Defending whistleblowers in the animal industry

Lee argues for  whistleblower protection in response to a successful government motion demonising those who expose animal cruelty.

Senator McKENZIE: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes with concern that:

(i) the activities of vigilantes on private farm property, and the covert filming of operations, is trespassing and is illegal,


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What will it take for Barnaby Joyce to take action on animal cruelty?

Greens welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has rejected Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce's attempt to shut down scrutiny of animal cruelty.

Animal welfare group PETA has released footage which shows sheep being punched, kicked and hit with electric shears and a hammer.

"Mr Joyce's attack on PETA is a crude attempt to avoid cleaning up farming practices," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Coalition and Labor gag debate on live exports

Coalition and Labor Senators have combined to prevent the Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon from speaking in reply to her motion to strengthen welfare regulation for live exports to Egypt.

After outlining why they supported the resumption of the Egypt live export trade, Labor and the Coalition Senators supported a gag motion to shut down all further debate.

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