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Senate today debates crossbench bill to end live sheep exports – support growing

A bill to end live sheep exports, co-sponsored by three crossbench Senators, has been introduced for debate in the Senate today. 

The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 is cosponsored by Senators Lee Rhiannon, Derryn Hinch and Tim Storer.

Greens animal welfare and rights spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said, “Our priority in preparing this particular Bill has been to end the shocking cruelty that tens of thousands of sheep must endure when they are exported for overseas slaughter. 

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Senate plan to transition away from live sheep exports

A pathway to transition away from the live sheep export trade could be in place before the end of the year if Senate crossbenchers can win support for their Private Members Bill.

Senators Lee Rhiannon and Derryn Hinch have given notice of the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018. They hope it will be debated and voted on during the June Senate sitting.

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Time to end live export trade - a win-win to reduce cruelty, boost local jobs

Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Turnbull government to end the live animal export trade after the death of 2400 Australian sheep.

The sheep died in August last year in extreme heat stress aboard a ship on route from Perth to Doha in Qatar. 

“Time and again the cruelty of the live export trade has been proven, with this latest mass death another shocking example with sheep effectively being cooked alive,” Senator Rhiannon said

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Britain bans ivory sales, Australia should too

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to follow the lead of the British government in banning all ivory sales.

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “Elephants and rhinoceroses are now in danger of extinction with the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horns contributing to the rapid decline in these animals.

 “It is unthinkable that these iconic species could be extinct in the wild in current lifetimes.

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Motion: Live animal exports

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                                      7 February 2018

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that –

That the Senate –

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A summary of our animal welfare work in 2017

The parliament rose last Thursday for the year, so now is a good time to update you on Lee’s most recent parliamentary animal work. It has been a busy year  - you can catch up with the extensive work she’s done through the year here:

Attached are some of the answers received recently to Lee’s Questions on Notice about animal welfare. We are waiting on more responses to Lee’s questions.

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Draft poultry standards put fox in charge of the hen house

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the draft national Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Poultry released today for public consultation.

“It is inexcusable that the draft guidelines and standards have simply continued the cruel conditions that over 700 million chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and other poultry are currently subjected to,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens plan to close loopholes on greyhound overseas trade

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has moved to shut down federal loopholes that allow Australian greyhounds to be exported to Macau for racing at the infamous Canidrome club in China. 

"I am seeking advice on what regulations or law changes are needed to close the loophole that allows greyhounds to be exported,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“We have to end this cruel trade.

“If the Turnbull government fails to act to close the existing loophole, the Greens will consider moving a Private Members Bill to end the trade in greyhounds. 

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