Live Animal Exports

Greens introduce bill to end live exports

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare has introduced legislation in the Senate to permanently ban live export of animals for slaughter.

"The Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 seeks to put an immediate end to the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in overseas abattoirs," Senator Siewert said today.
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Greens continue push for live exports ban

The Australian Greens say the Government's new approach to live exports does not go far enough, with an immediate suspension and total live export ban remaining the only viable option.

Speaking in Perth today, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare said the proposed move to issue live export permits to only a small number of Indonesia abattoirs is simply unsatisfactory.

"The sort of abuse witnessed on Four Corners is widespread in Indonesia and it is clear that the Government cannot guarantee the welfare of animals," Senator Siewert said today.
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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." Read more »

Greens announce legislation to end live exports

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said the Australian Greens will introduce a private members bill in Federal Parliament to end the live export of livestock for slaughter.

“The long campaign to end this suffering is at last reaching the floor of the House of Representatives in Parliament,” Ms MacLaren said.

My colleague, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare today announced a two pronged approach to ending live exports, calling for the immediate suspension of export licences, followed by a legislated ban on live exports. Read more »

Greens call for an end to live exports

Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens WA Spokesperson for Animals,  joined the call from the Australian Greens today for the Federal Government to stop live cattle exports to Indonesia immediately, in light of graphic evidence of exported Australian cattle being inhumanly treated at Indonesian abattoirs. The shocking cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle exported to Indonesia was documented on ABC’s Four Corners program last night. Read more »

Live cattle exports to Indonesia

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 18 May 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

CATTLE — EXPORT TO INDONESIA

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

(1) How many cattle were exported to Indonesia from Western Australia —

(a) to date in 2011; and Read more »

Live export trade abuses human rights and animal welfare

Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens WA Spokesperson for Animals, cited the current debacle in Fremantle Port, which has seen the Bader 3 sheep ship delayed for weeks while union organisers argue for the human rights of the crew, as just one more reason to end live exports.

“If the live exports industry can’t even look after the basic human rights of its crew, how can it be expected to look after the welfare of the animals it is exporting?” says Ms MacLaren.
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Lynn talks to Howard Sattler about live animal exports

On Monday February 14, Lynn talked to Howard Sattler on 6PR's Drive Programme about the latest damming report on the live export industry.

The joint government and industry report highlights the shocking cruelty that Australian cattle endure when they are shipped to Indonesia for slaughter.

Not only are our animals sent on a long and sometimes fatal journey to Indonesian ports, once they arrive, their suffering continues with slaughter methods that are illegal in this country.

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Pregnant Aussie cows sent to slaughter in Indonesia

Monday February 14, 2010

The Greens have reacted strongly to recent evidence that pregnant cows are being shipped for slaughter - against live export regulations - to Indonesian ports.

“The industry cannot be trusted to follow the rules and these animals are suffering for it,” said Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC today.

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Death not the best measure of cruelty according to Animal Welfare Unit

NOVEMBER 10 2010

The percentage of animals who die on live export ships is not the best measure of animal welfare, since it doesn’t indicate suffering and can drastically under-represent onboard mortality rates when compared with on-farm mortality rates. Read more »