Live Animal Exports

The Greens are working to end live animal exports.

On 27 March 2014 Lee re-introduced her bill to ban the live export trade.

Click here to send a postcard petitioning Minister Barnaby Joyce

BACKGROUND: Live exports were banned for a short time in 2011 following the ABC's Four Corners exposure of the cruel trade that brutally exploits animals. The Labor Government was forced to stop the trade and set up an inquiry as public outrage and concern was so strong. However the live export trade has since resumed, and in March 2014 the Coalition Government announced it was re-opening the live export trade to Egypt. 

ACTION: Call the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and ask him to stop live exports to Egypt and to support the Greens' bill to ban live exports on (02) 6277 7520. 

The recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into Animal Welfare Standards, released in November 2011, did not go far enough.  In 2012 the government introduced a new Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS)to better regulate animal welfare, but it has failed and further proof of cruel, distressing treatment of exported animals continues to emerge.

The Australian Greens will keep working with animal welfare activists to push for mandatory pre-slaughter stunning in Australia and to end live exports. We want to see improved and increased processing in Australia to support local producers and jobs. Processing animals in Australia protects them from inhumane treatment and ensures our laws and standards regarding animal welfare can be upheld.

Lee Rhiannon is the Greens’ animal rights spokesperson.  Together with her Greens colleagues, Lee is working hard towards an end to the live export trade.  We need your support for Lee's bill to ban the live export trade. 


Latest on Live Animal Exports


Joyce live export obsession robs jobs from rural communities

28 May 2014

This expansion into Iran is happening while allegations of criminal misconduct within the live export trade are still being investigated


4000 sheep deaths at sea - accountability needed

17 Jan 2014

The Department of Agriculture (DAFF) should explain to the Australian public why a disaster of such magnitude has been kept a secret for the past five months.



Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

31 Oct 2013

Following the disturbing ABC Lateline report on the slaughter of sheep in Jordan in contravention of Australian live export regulations the Greens have called for strong regulatory action to be taken against the company.


Greens make end live exports priority for animal welfare initiative

30 Aug 2013

Ending live exports and establishing an independent Office of Animal Welfare are the Australian Greens animal welfare election priorities.


Australian Government report on Pakistan sheep massacre a farce

24 Jul 2013

A government report released today into the brutal killing of 20,000 Australian sheep in Pakistan last year which has failed to hold anyone accountable, is another damning example of how the government continues to fail animals in the live export trade.

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