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Govt sidelines animal welfare concerns in Middle East live export visit

The government’s latest delegation to examine livestock trade to the Middle East excluded animal welfare experts and gave little prominence to animal cruelty concerns in the new supply chain regulations, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Senator Rhiannon spoke in this Senate today in response to a Statement tabled by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig regarding his recent livestock trade delegation to the Middle East.

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Ludwig must not buckle to industry bullying on Middle East sheep exports

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig must not budge from the February deadline for accrediting live sheep exports to the Middle East following reports today that sheep traders are pushing for an extension, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (Australian Financial Review, 23/1/11, p3).

“This is a litmus test of the government’s commitment to live export reforms and Senator Ludwig will betray the public if he buckles to industry bullying and gives sheep traders more time to conform”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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Live export inquiry a missed opportunity

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report in response to the findings of the Senate Inquiry report into Animal Welfare Standards.

Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says it is 'implausible' that MLA and LiveCorp were unaware of appalling animal welfare issues in Indonesia.

"Clearly MLA and LiveCorp have failed to adequately monitor or improve animal welfare practices in foreign markets," Senator Siewert said today.

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Meat and Livestock Australia damaged: Ludwig should step in

While Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is tipped to survive a move by the Australian Beef Association to abolish the body at MLA's AGM today, the MLA has effectively lost the confidence of the industry, and the Agriculture Minister Jo Ludwig should recognise that industry self-regulation has failed when it comes to live exports, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon ("Producers call for MLA to be wound up".)

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Govt fails to back animal welfare, provides $85m for live export trade

Greens NSW Senator and Animal Welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has criticised the federal government's failure to end the live export trade and called on the government to cancel its financial support to the industry.

Yesterday at the Foreign Affairs and Trade Estimates in response to Senator Rhiannon’s questioning it was revealed that this year the government has provided $85 million in financial backing for the live export trade.

"The live export trade is inherently cruel and should be stopped," Senator Rhiannon said.

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