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Greens-led Live Exports Ban Bill Passes Federal Senate - Morrison Must Support an end to the “Trade in Misery”

A Greens bill that would ban live sheep exports has passed the Australian Senate. It would immediately ban the export of live sheep and lambs to the riskiest shipping routes through the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf during the Northern Summer, and then ban their export to these regions completely over a five year transitional period. Senator Faruqi is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to allow the bill to be debated with a free vote in the House of Representatives. The bill was co-sponsored by the Greens, Senator Derryn Hinch and Senator Tim Storer.

 

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Live Exports License Cancellation Welcome But We Need to a Total Ban

Australian Greens Senator and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has welcomed the cancellation of Emmanuel Exports live exports licence, but said fiddling around the edges won't end the cruelty of live exports, calling for a complete end to to the practice.

Senator Faruqi said:

"While I welcome the cancellation of Emanuel Exports’ license, the reality is that the live export trade is incompatible with animal welfare. Suspending individual licenses will not end the cruelty of cramming thousands of animals in hellish conditions on ships.

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BREAKING: Live export horror - Turnbull must act

Commenting on tonight's ABC report that shows exported Australian cattle sledgehammered to death, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The ABC report of the most horrific treatment of live export cattle is sickening, heart breaking and beyond belief.

"Prime Minister Turnbull must respond to Animal Australia's call for urgent intervention to stop this horror.

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New evidence further exposes live export regulation farce

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has said fresh evidence of live export abuse aired on 7.30 is further proof that the Australian government's regulations are doing very little to end the enormous suffering of animals overseas.

"The unwillingness of the Australian government to administer criminal charges against offending export companies means we have seen yet another expose of animal cruelty on TV," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Barnaby Joyce knew of Indonesian cattle plan and failed to act on transition

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said that Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has mislead farmers and the public when he expressed surprise saying he was "disappointed" over the Indonesian government's plan to cut cattle imports from Australia.

"How could Minister Joyce be surprised and disappointed when news of the Indonesian decision has been on the public record for many years," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Live animal export company - Livestock Shipping Services – should have licence suspended

Commenting on a story on Lateline last night about cruelty to Australian animals in the Middle East, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

 “Livestock Shipping Services (LSS), the reported exporter of Australian animals that have suffered horrific abuse in Gaza, should have its export licence suspended until all investigations against it are completed.

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