Western Australia conducts around 80% of Australia's live animal export trade. The industry exports animals from Broome, Geraldton, Port Hedland, and Fremantle Ports to Asia and the Middle East for slaughter.
Every year, tens of thousands of sheep and cattle die on the ships before they reach their destination. Those that reach the destination may be subject to cruel treatment and barbaric slaughtering processes.
The Government has repeatedly failed to protect Australian livestock.
The implementation of the Exporters Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) has done little and this violent trade is unacceptable in modern day Australia, where other alternatives are available.
The Greens (WA) want to ensure the humane transport and treatment of animals, and to see the abolition of all live animal export industries where animals are destined for slaughter.
This trade could be successfully replaced with an already established and halal-accredited chilled and frozen carcass industry. Animals could then be slaughtered within Australia under animal welfare provisions. A local halal-accredited chilled meat trade would also benefit the local economy and create jobs within the economy. To date, there has been little effort to develop this approach.
The Greens (WA) are committed to keeping the pressure on the government to end the suffering of animals.