Bill to in­crease penal­ties for cruel ex­porters

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud has called on La­bor to drop its games on a bill to dou­ble penal­ties for live ex­porters do­ing the wrong thing.

Both the RSPCA and the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion have called for La­bor to pass the bill. to in­crease penal­ties for wrong­do­ing in live ex­port to be passed.

“La­bor’s live ex­port games must end,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“With com­pa­nies aim­ing to take ship­ments of live sheep across to the Mid­dle East in the near fu­ture, any wrong­do­ing will be on La­bor’s head.

“If La­bor do not sup­port my bill to in­crease penal­ties for those live ex­porters who do wrong, then La­bor does not care about an­i­mal wel­fare.

“If La­bor re­ally sup­ports an­i­mal wel­fare, it will prom­ise to pass my bill un­a­mended through both houses of Par­lia­ment.

“La­bor lost a vote to­day on the bill to ban live ex­port. It should ac­cept that re­sult and get out of our way as we in­crease penal­ties for live ex­porters do­ing the wrong thing.

“La­bor needs to tell us why it thinks live ex­porters who break the rules on an­i­mal wel­fare don’t de­serve big penal­ties.”

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