MEDIA RELEASE – 20 June 2018
Greens call for live export transition plan in wake of LSS summer sheep export suspension
Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Turnbull government to legislate a transition out of the live sheep export industry in response to the temporary suspension of summer sheep exports from Western Australia by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS).
“That one of the two biggest live sheep exporters from Australia has decided not to export in the northern summer months confirms that for this trade to be commercially viable the exported animals will experience cruelty,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“This admission by the LLS exporter should serve as a wakeup call to the Australian government that they need to clean up this cruel industry.
“The federal government has sat on its hands for too many years. We need transition plans for those six per cent of farmers who sell to the live sheep export trade.
“SA and WA abattoirs have the capacity right now to absorb all the sheep from the live export trade, and the Australian Government must now act.
“The Greens have been working closely with our animal welfare NGOs and the Australian Meatworkers Union for many years to end this vile trade in suffering.
“Our bill to transition away from live sheep long-haul summer shipments was introduced this week with the cosponsorship of Senators Hinch and Storer, and with the strong support of Centre Alliance and Labor Senators.
“We have worked hard with our cross bench colleagues and with Liberal Sussan Ley and her colleagues in the lower house to maximise the bill passing the parliament in August, and reflecting the strongest will of the Australian people,” Senator Rhiannon said