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Labor’s live exports boost out of step with public concern

Commenting on the Rudd government’s plan to increase live cattle exports to Indonesia, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Labor is out of touch with the majority of Australians who support an end to the export trade in live animals.

“Labor might think they have placated some angry pastoralists with their decision to boost live cattle exports but they are out of step with the majority of Australians who want to see an end to this cruel trade,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Labor backtracks on Office of Animal Welfare

Labor has backed away from its policy of an Office of Animal Welfare by refusing to back a Private Members Bill moved by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP.  The bill would implement an ALP National Conference resolution to establish an office made over two and a half years ago.

Speaking in the House of Representatives this morning, Labor members said they would not back the bill despite Labor policy supporting an office and a backbench push in caucus on the issue.

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Egypt live export footage - Ludwig fails to offer solutions

The Australian Greens have dismissed Agricultural Minister Joe Ludwig's claim that 99.9 per cent of live export animals are not maltreated as 'top spin' and urged him to focus on building Australia's meat processing industry in exporting chilled and frozen meat.

"Minister Ludwig's claims he has 'control' of the live export chain but he clearly does not and cannot, like a parent could not care or control their young child sent to the other side of the world," animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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