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New evidence of cattle cruelty should prompt live exports ban

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says criticism by Australia's chief veterinary officer of restraint boxes used to slaughter cattle in Indonesia, new footage of cruelty to Australian cattle in Israel and concerns about resumption of cattle exports to Vietnam build the case for a complete ban on live exports.

"These latest revelations show that unless the government responds to public concern and puts an end to the industry the sore of live exports will continue to be reopened," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens continue push for Bill to ban live exports

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the ongoing suffering of sheep stranded in South Australia during transport and new footage of Turkish abattoirs underlines the need to end live exports.

 “Mr Wilkie’s Bill legislating Australian standards and mandatory stunning in foreign abattoirs is a positive interim step, but if passed wouldn’t protect the 67,000 sheep stuck at Port Adelaide from the cruelty they are now experiencing on their way to the Middle East,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Export Sheep Stuck at Port Adelaide Highlights Need For Ban

Commenting on today's report that 67,000 sheep have been stranded for a week at Port Adelaide because of the ship's mechanical problems, Greens NSW Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the situation was a timely reminder of why the federal government should back the Greens' bill to ban live exports due for debate this Thursday.

"The welfare of the thousands of sheep contained on the 'Al Messilah', a former car transporter built in 1980, has been compromised before they even reach the abattoirs of the Middle East," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Lee Rhiannon speaks at Sydney Ban Live Exports Rally

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and animal welfare spokesperson will speak alongside Lyn White, Animals Australia Investigator and Peter Stevenson, Compassion in World Farming (UK) Policy Advisor at the Sydney Ban Live Exports Rally tomorrow. Rallies, organised by Animals Australia, are happening simultaneously in every city around Australia. The Sydney rally begins at 2.30pm in Martin Place.

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Greens reintroduce bill to ban live exports

The Australian Greens this afternoon reintroduced a bill into the Senate to ban live animal exports, the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012.

"The live animal export trade is cruel, inhuman and immoral and the vast majority of Australians want it shut down.  This Greens bill would put an immediate end to the horrific treatment of Australian livestock in overseas abattoirs", said Greens Senator and animal spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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