MEDIA RELEASE - 6 February 2018
Brazil suspends live export trade – Australia should follow
Responding to the Brazil Federal Court’s decision to suspend live exports for animal welfare reasons, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said this is a significant development and a further reminder that modern economies should not profiteer from the suffering of animals.
“The Brazil decision on live exports puts the Australian government to shame,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“Time and again the cruelty of the live export trade has been proven.
“The Greens have a five point plan to transition away from the cruel live export trade where thousands upon thousands of animals die suffering deaths in transit, and at the end of that journey where terrified animals are mistreated in sometimes horrific ways.
“We need to be supporting our own local industries and rural towns where economic analysis shows that the live export trade has cannibalised local abattoirs and rural jobs for profits overseas.
“The Greens End Live Export Bill is still before the Senate.
“If the Nationals care about rural jobs they would back a transition to an end of the live export trade, the construction of more local abattoirs and the expansion of the boxed, chilled meat export trade,” Senator Rhiannon said.