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7.30 report on Egypt scandal - livestock exporter council move to protect their business

In the lead up to ABC's 7.30 report on live export cruelty tonight, the Australian Greens have underlined the failures of the ESCAS system to reduce animal cruelty and responded to the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council's statement on the Egyptian scandal.

"The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council is clutching at straws if it hopes the failed ESCAS system will end the animal welfare abuses witnessed in Egypt," Senator Rhiannon said.

"ESCAS is a failed system as the slaughter of livestock cannot be controlled from a desk in Canberra.

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Time to act on Office of Animal Welfare

It is time for Labor MPs to put their money where their mouth is and make good on supposed support for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, said Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon. 

“Reports that a group of Labor MPs will again push for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare are wearing thin in the face of almost two years of feet-dragging by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens: abattoir cruelty in Israel more evidence of need to end live exports

The Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig can no longer brush off mounting evidence of the inability of the government's new live exports regulatory system to end animal cruelty as witnessed on last night's report on ABC TV 7.30 which focused on the Israeli Bakar Tnuva abattoir, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Shocking footage taken by an animal welfare campaigner again puts in stark relief the inability of the ESCAS scheme to guard against cruelty in overseas abattoirs," Senator Rhiannon.

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