Monday, 9 April 2018

Call for Minister Littleproud to end live sheep export cruelty, stop Awassi Express loading


MEDIA RELEASE - 19 April 2018

Greens announce support for Sussan Ley’s Private Member’s Bill to end live sheep exports

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.


 Lee Rhiannon's earlier release



In the wake of the shocking, cruel deaths of 2800 sheep exported from Perth to Doha the Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to withdraw permission for sheep to be loaded onto the latest live export ship to arrive in Fremantle,  Awassi Express, and for the live sheep trade to be wound up.



“Minister David Littleproud has the power and responsibility to end the cruelty and mass deaths of thousands of sheep. He must stop sheep being loaded onto the Awassi Express,” Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

In the wake of the shocking, cruel deaths of 2800 sheep exported from Perth to Doha the Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to withdraw permission for sheep to be loaded onto the latest live export ship to arrive in Fremantle,  Awassi Express, and for the live sheep trade to be wound up.


“Minister David Littleproud has the power and responsibility to end the cruelty and mass deaths of thousands of sheep. He must stop sheep being loaded onto the Awassi Express,” Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“If the Minister fails to act he will be effectively condoning the horrific and illegal acts we saw on the 60 Minutes-Animals Australia exposure screened tonight.

“The level of cruelty was deeply shocking. Thanks to a courageous whistle blower, Faisal Ullah a trainee navigator, we viewed the distressing evidence that includes sheep baking to death.

“For years I have been saying that the welfare of Australia’s live exports cannot be managed from a desk in Canberra. The footage shot by Mr Faisal shows how extensively the Department of Agriculture has failed.

“The Department’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System has been shown up as useless and dangerous as it has allowed successive governments to justify the continuation of this cruel trade.

“Now the ugly truth has been revealed the cruelty must stop. There is no justification for the Minister giving the industry ‘one more chance’ as he said tonight on 60 Minutes.

“Mass deaths of sheep on export boats have happened before. The difference is this time we have video evidence.

“If the Minister does not act to transition the sheep meat industry away from live exports to processing the sheep at Australian abattoirs he will be complicit in facilitating further cruelty.

“The Greens plan to relaunch our campaign to end the live export trade and transition the industry to processing livestock in Australia and expanding Australia’s trade in boxed, chilled meat. The place to start is banning the live export of sheep.

8 April 2018

“If the Minister fails to act he will be effectively condoning the horrific and illegal acts we saw on the 60 Minutes-Animals Australia exposure screened tonight.

“The level of cruelty was deeply shocking. Thanks to a courageous whistle blower, Faisal Ullah a trainee navigator, we viewed the distressing evidence that includes sheep baking to death.

“For years I have been saying that the welfare of Australia’s live exports cannot be managed from a desk in Canberra. The footage shot by Mr Faisal shows how extensively the Department of Agriculture has failed.

“The Department’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System has been shown up as useless and dangerous as it has allowed successive governments to justify the continuation of this cruel trade.

“Now the ugly truth has been revealed the cruelty must stop. There is no justification for the Minister giving the industry ‘one more chance’ as he said tonight on 60 Minutes.

“Mass deaths of sheep on export boats have happened before. The difference is this time we have video evidence.

“If the Minister does not act to transition the sheep meat industry away from live exports to processing the sheep at Australian abattoirs he will be complicit in facilitating further cruelty.

“The Greens plan to relaunch our campaign to end the live export trade and transition the industry to processing livestock in Australia and expanding Australia’s trade in boxed, chilled meat. The place to start is banning the live export of sheep.

8 April 2018 

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