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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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Kuwait sheep slaughter: control over supply chain a failure

Fresh images shown on ABC TV’s Lateline program tonight of the 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, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Coming on the back of the botched handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East this footage should prompt the government to end live exports once and for all,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Get sheep off ships, end live export: Greens

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the government's handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East and called for immediate action to ensure the 22,000 sheep aboard the Ocean Drover are unloaded without more suffering.

"The requirement that sheep be unloaded within 36 hours of reaching port has been flagrantly ignored twice in one week, making a mockery of the government's ability to manage the live export trade without inflicting cruelty on animals," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Just trust industry, says Govt response to live animal export inquiry


The government response, released today, to the Senate Inquiry into Animal Welfare Standards in Live Export will not appease public concerns about the live export trade, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon. 

"After eight months of waiting for a response to the Senate Inquiry, the government's effort today will do little to address the tidal wave of public concern about the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals in the live export trade" said Senator Rhiannon.

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