Live export report feedback extended
FOLLOWING concerns about the welfare of animals during live exports to the Middle East, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced there would be a Heat Stress Risk Assessment by an independent panel.
The consultation period on the Heat Stress Risk Assessment draft report has been extended by one month to March 1.
Mr Littleproud said it was important all stakeholders had a chance to give detailed, considered feedback.
“The industry asked us to move to a model based on animal welfare rather than just comparing how many sheep die on each voyage, so we’re doing that calmly and decisively,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Heat Stress Risk Assessment review was done by a panel of experts in animal welfare, including heat stress physiology, with expert input from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on ship ventilation.
“The recommendations in the draft report are significant and it’s sensible to give stakeholders more time to provide well thought out and researched submissions.
“Submissions to the draft report will be considered by the panel as it finalises its report and recommendations to the independent regulator of live exports, the Department of Agriculture.”
To have your say on the draft report visit www.haveyoursay. agriculture.gov.au.
FEEDBACK EXTENDED: The consultation period on the Heat Stress Risk Assessment draft report has been extended by one month. The report was ordered by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud following concerns about the welfare of animals during live exports.