The Greens have welcomed news that Elder, one of the largest suppliers to the live export market, is pulling out of live cattle and sheep exports.
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is good news for animal welfare and good news for domestic meat processing.
“The Greens are calling for a transition towards domestic meat processing, which would deliver new skilled and semi-skilled jobs in regional areas.
“Ending the cruel live export trade and boosting local industry and jobs go hand in hand.
“The Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme introduced in 2012 has failed, and we continue to see distressing evidence of animal cruelty on board these ships.
“We will continue to work closely with animal welfare groups like Animals Australia, and unions including the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union, in calling for an end to the live export trade.
“I will meet with the AMIEU soon to discuss our campaigns to end live animal exports and expand local jobs.