Lob­by­ing for ex­port

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

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.’’

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