Aus­tralia to re­view live an­i­mal ex­ports

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14 Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­ture min­is­ter an­nounced a whistle­blower hot­line to ex­pose cru­elty on live ex­port ships and a re­view of his own de­part­ment in re­sponse to shock­ing footage of sheep on five voy­ages to the Mid­dle East dur­ing the 2017 north­ern hemi­sphere sum­mer, in­clud­ing one trip on which 2,400 sheep died of heat stress.

David Lit­tleproud said he would also look at strength­en­ing the penal­ties for live ex­porters who breached an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards.

The footage, re­leased through the ad­vo­cacy group An­i­mals Aus­tralia, was aired on the 60 Min­utes cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme.

Pro­test­ers were at Fre­man­tle port in West­ern Aus­tralia on Mon­day, where the Awassi, the ship fea­tured in that footage, was wait­ing for clear­ance to take around 55,000 sheep to the Mid­dle East.

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