Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged federal parliamentarians to unite behind new laws to stop live exports of animals for slaughter.
"We've written to the government and opposition to urge them to make debate on live exports a priority when parliament resumes on 14 June," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"The Australian Greens' Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011, introduced to parliament this week, would impose an immediate ban on the export of livestock for slaughter. Processing animals in Australia protects them from inhumane treatment, as well as creating more regional jobs."
"Senator Rachel Siewert, the Australian Greens' agriculture and animal welfare spokesperson, is maintaining pressure on the federal government to immediately suspend all live exports to Indonesia, not just at a dozen abattoirs, ahead of a permanent ban," Senator Brown said.