New calls to ban live export
A RENEWED push to get rid of Australia’s $2 billion live export trade is under way.
Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has introduced a Bill to phase out live animal exports, which has the backing of well-regarded live exports veterinarian Lynn Simpson. Dr Simpson was hired by the federal Department of Agriculture in 2012 to investigate live export cruelty, and detailed horrific conditions aboard Australian ships exporting cattle.
“The live export trade has had too many chances for redemption and failed; it’s time to transition to safe, humane, chilled/frozen meat products,” she said.
The Greens’ Bill is the second introduced this year to end live exports, after Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie brought forward his own Bill in the lower house in March. At that time, Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive Simon Westaway condemned the move, saying it ignored the fact Australia was a world leader in live export animal welfare.
CATTLE TRADE: There have been renewed calls to ban live export.