Live ex­port re­port feed­back ex­tended

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

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.

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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.

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