Media statement on Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill

June 23, 2017


On 21st June 2017, Sentient offered our unqualified support for the Greens’ Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2017. As an independent veterinary association devoted solely to animal welfare and ethics, we oppose the live animal export trade due to the inherent cruelty at all stages of the live export process. All regulatory attempts by government and industry to safeguard acceptable animal welfare standards have failed, and will continue to fail too many animals. We are unable to enforce these standards at export destinations. Furthermore, exporters are continuing, without adequate penalty, to expose livestock to overcrowded, unsafe, distressing and unhygienic conditions onboard vessels. A ban on live animal export, with a well phased transition to an expanded chilled meat trade, will be a major milestone for animal welfare. It will likewise benefit Australian workers, particularly in rural and regional areas, by creating employment in the domestic meat processing sector.


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