Lobbying for export
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has travelled to Israel to lobby the country to continue to take live animals from Australia.
The Israeli Parliament will soon consider a move to cease the trade. The live trade has been an issue in that country for a number of years.
Australia has been talking with Israel for some time about why a ban is not good for Israeli consumers as well as what alternatives there may be to a ban.
‘‘The live trade can be done by the right people, the right way,’’ Mr Littleproud said.
‘‘With the McCarthy Review changes I’ve implemented, Israel can be assured we’re serious about animal welfare. Those changes include reduced stocking densities and independent observers on every boat supplying the truth of what happens on those voyages, and proof of it.’’