Live ex­port investigation

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Aus­tralia’s live ex­port in­dus­try has come un­der fire af­ter shock­ing footage showed Aus­tralian sheep crammed to­gether and dy­ing aboard a live ex­port ship on its way to the Mid­dle East.

Fol­low­ing the footage, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment com­mis­sioned an ur­gent investigation into live sheep ex­ports. How­ever, WA Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Food Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had been “putting their head in the sand” in the lead-up to the footage.

“Less than two weeks ago, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­duced a re­port that ba­si­cally white­washed what hap­pened,” she said.

Ms MacTier­nan said the State Gov­ern­ment had al­ready started an investigation into the ship­ment un­der the State’s an­i­mal wel­fare laws.

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