An­i­mal health first pri­or­ity

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) says she will work with the gov­ern­ment to en­sure pro­posed changes to the live ex­port trade con­sider an­i­mal health as the pri­mary fo­cus.

Ms McGowan noted Thurs­day’s in­tro­duc­tion into the Par­lia­ment of the Ex­port Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment (Live­stock) Bill 2018 by the Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter, David Lit­tleproud.

It fol­lows the in­tro­duc­tion on Monday of a Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill by Sussan Ley (MHR, Far­rer).

“Mak­ing sure an­i­mals are well looked af­ter should be first and fore­most,” Ms McGowan said.

“Ms Ley’s Bill is not seek­ing an im­me­di­ate ban on live­stock ex­ports.

“It is seek­ing the phas­ing out of the trade over five years.

“It needs to be de­ter­mined how this tran­si­tion would work, what will hap­pen in the in­terim and whether the five year pe­riod is too long or too short.”

Ms McGowan said she was in favour of the pro­posed ban on the sum­mer trade.

“I sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal to in­crease penal­ties against those found to have done the wrong thing and hav­ing in­spec­tors on ships dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod,” she said.

“Some ter­ri­ble things have hap­pened on some of th­ese ships and that needs to be ac­knowl­edged and ap­pro­pri­ately pe­nalised.”

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