Fears for ex­ports

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

AUS­TRALIA’S ponies, horses and don­keys are next on the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s live ex­port hit list, fac­ing a per­ilous jour­ney be­fore be­ing slaugh­tered over­seas for their skin and meat.

That’s the grave con­cern ex­pressed by the RSPCA, which is call­ing for a per­ma­nent pro­hi­bi­tion on the ex­port of ponies, don­keys and horses for slaugh­ter.

The call comes af­ter it was re­vealed dur­ing last month’s Se­nate Es­ti­mates hear­ings, that the fed­eral De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture was pre­par­ing reg­u­la­tory changes to fa­cil­i­tate live ex­port of equines such as ponies, horses and don­keys. — Michael Beatty RSPCA Queens­land

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