Australians should unite against live exports till the cows come home

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called for all Members of Parliament and the Australian community to unite in calls for an immediate suspension of live exports to Indonesia as ships continue to take cattle from our shores.

"All MPs and members of the community should be standing together against live exports," Senator Siewert, Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson said in Canberra today.

"We must continue these calls until the cows come home."
"Overnight we've seen as many as 1,200 cattle leave Darwin. These cattle face cruel and inhumane deaths as a result of the Minister's inaction, with more animals are set to leave Fremantle tonight.

"It's unacceptable for Australia to be complicit in this treatment by continuing to send cattle to be treated in this appalling way.

"With around 100 abattoirs in operation in Indonesia taking Australian cattle, this is not a one-off or an isolated incident. This is
widespread, systemic and appalling mistreatment," said Senator Siewert.

Senator Siewert is maintaining pressure on the Federal Government to immediately suspend all live exports ahead of a permanent ban.

"The Australian Greens legislation to end live exports has been introduced in the House of Representatives by MP Adam Bandt and we are being inundated with support for the stance we are taking. The Australian people are making it very clear that we cannot tolerate this
mistreatment," said Senator Siewert.

"The community benefits of processing meat in Australia have been underestimated for too long and are being talked down by the live export industry.

"By growing our meat export trade we can create more local jobs, support communities and maintain economic viability for producers. We should be investing in these economic opportunities rather than maintaining the live export trade which sees animals being treated so badly once they leave our shores.

"Processing animals in Australia protects them from inhumane treatment and ensures our laws and standards regarding animal welfare can be upheld," Senator Siewert concluded.