The Greens have announced that they will provide cross-party support for MP Sussan Ley’s private member’s Bill to end live sheep exports to the Middle East.
“The Greens have been working to end live exports for years and we welcome members from the major parties joining us in standing up for animal welfare,” Greens MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt said.
“We have introduced Bills in Parliament to end live exports four times since 2011. It is encouraging to see that members across the political spectrum are now in agreement that live exports must end.
“We’ll support Sussan Ley’s private members Bill to end live sheep exports to the Middle East and will continue to campaign for the entire live export trade to be transitioned to a chilled, boxed meat trade.
Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said “We saw last night that the live export industry appears to be taking the concerns of the Australian public seriously. However the Labor policy they’re considering for the establishment of an inspector-general for animal welfare is flawed.”
“We need to end all live exports and establish a truly Independent Office of Animal Welfare. What we don't need is Labor’s plan which puts the office under the Department of Agriculture - the very Department that has failed to uphold any animal welfare standards.
Media contact Adam Bandt: Gideon Reisner 0429 109 054
Media contact Lee Rhiannon: Bjorn Wallin 0432 425 548