New calls to ban live ex­port

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

CAT­TLE TRADE: There have been re­newed calls to ban live ex­port.

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