Live Animal Exports

Live Animal Export Industry reaches a new low

This week’s announcement to expand live exports by Federal Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce has taken the live animal export industry to a new low, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“Live exporters are now shipping Australian cattle to China; a country without animal cruelty laws with a bad track record for treatment of animals," Ms MacLaren said.

“Although the establishment of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) is a requirement for any country we export animals to, evidence has shown this provides no guarantees or assurances that animal welfare will be upheld.

“Time and time again investigations carried out by Animals Australia have clearly shown that ESCAS is notoriously useless in protecting Australian animals from the barbaric handling and slaughter practices of some of our trading partners. Read more »

Greens criticise growth of inhumane Live Export Trade that is exporting Australian jobs

Media statement, Thursday 10 April 2014.

Today Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren slammed plans by the Minister to expand Live Export to China, labelling the trade as exporting jobs from Western Australia and failing to meet acceptable animal welfare standards.
“We have overwhelming evidence that this trade has frequently failed to deliver livestock without on board deaths, sometimes from heat exhaustion, we know that the stock cannot be sufficiently tracked and are at risk of cruelty at their destination”, said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

Folly of Port Plan on Fading Industry

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.
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Port Action Stops Exporters

Alarming photos posted online early this morning of carcasses and sheep with protruding bellies as the Bader 3 was loading in Fremantle have led to activists stopping the loading. Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren was present at Berth 1 this morning when members of the organisation Animal Rescue Team locked onto two sheep trucks.

“As one activist was removed from the ship, two more activists locked onto the under carriage of two trucks – one entering, one leaving the gates at Berth 1,” said Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare. Read more »

Greens Congratulate Fremantle end live export protestors

Campaigners who locked themselves to a gate and ship today at Fremantle Port are to be congratulated for highlighting cruelty concerns associated with the live export of Australian sheep and cattle, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Animal activists are understandably keen to gather evidence to publicly highlight the plight of sheep being exported. They filmed sheep heavily pregnant and with broken legs on the ship,” Senator Rhiannon said.

"Senator Rhiannon is a powerful advocate in the Senate and has been a strong supporter to end live exports," said Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens WA spokesperson on animals. Read more »

No third chance for live exports

Greens Spokesperson for Animals, Lynn MacLaren MLC today called on the State Minister for Agriculture to immediately restore the capacity of abattoirs in the north as the call to end live exports is repeated around Australia.

“The recent horrific footage from Indonesia illustrates the trade remains inhumane.
ABC TV screenings show evidence of clear-cut, multiple and serious breaches of the government’s new regulatory system. Read more »

Shocking live export footage shows cracks in Ludwig’s new laws

Fresh footage of cattle slaughter at two Indonesian abattoirs, obtained by  ABC TV’s Lateline program, shows serious and systematic breaches of the government’s new Export Supply Chain Assurance System, said Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig must immediately confirm whether Australian cattle are going through the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta and, if so, commit to applying the strongest sanctions to minimise the suffering and distress revealed last night”, Senator Rhiannon said.

“The footage that the ABC is screening shows evidence of clear-cut, multiple and serious breaches of the government’s new supply chain assurance system. Read more »

Live export protest at Fremantle Port

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC was among the flash mob at Fremantle Port organised by Stop Live Exports. The protest was timed to coincide with the arrival of the Bader III live export ship in Fremantle port. Thirty stalwart supporters of Stop Live Exports turned out with banners and loud voices to stage a protest, with one taking to the water in his boat.

“We had the rapt attention of passengers on the Endeavour, the Rottnest ferry and a VIP ship setting out to view the finals of ISAF sailing championships. They smiled at our protest version of the carole Deck the Halls - Deck the Ships without Live Exports.” Read more »

Media release: Minister’s head in sand on live exports

The WA Agriculture Minister Terry Redman has a head-in-the-sand approach when it comes to live exports. His office should be fostering alternatives for farmers, rather than courting business from Indonesian livestock importers says Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens spokesperson for animal welfare.

“Back in August when the trade was halted I argued in Parliament that the market is not secure - the Indonesian government has a plan to be self-sufficient in beef by 2014.” Read more »