The Greens say any decision to build a port at Kwinana shouldn’t rely on the uncertain prospect of live exports.
As plans for a private bulk commodity port in Kwinana get Nationals’ support, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare, Lynn MacLaren MLC pointed out today that it was folly to build a port for a discredited industry.
“The live export of animals for meat is on the way out,” said Ms MacLaren today. “Not only is Australia not meeting its animal welfare obligations by shipping live cattle and sheep abroad, it’s a terribly wasteful way to export food.
“We want to tackle unemployment in Kwinana – and that means providing opportunities locally. Let’s have chilled meat processed in WA and exported ready for consumption. By exporting livestock, we lose the opportunity to add value in WA. Stock is also lost due to unacceptable mortality rates on board ships.
“We lose the ability to control how animals are treated once they leave Australian shores.
“There is a serious national debate about transitioning the industry away from live export, and it’s no time to be basing major infrastructure decisions on such a uncertain prospect.”