01 October 2013
A statement regarding live exports
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, discussed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s comments in Indonesia about the Australian live animal export trade.
“The Prime Minister’s reported comments in Indonesia that he “rejects any notion that Indonesian [abattoir] standards are lower than Australia’s” is bizarre. The remark suggests Mr Abbott doesn’t understand animal welfare, or does and is prepared to put animal cruelty second to the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship,” Mr Wilkie said.
“The fact is that most Indonesian abattoirs are barbaric charnel houses.
“There would now appear to be a very real risk that the new Australian Government will roll back the minimalist supply chain reform of its predecessor. This would be a disaster for animal welfare, entirely at odds with Australia’s economic self-interest and a shocking betrayal of majority public opinion.
“Instead of promoting the live export trade, Australia should be increasing Indonesian red meat self-sufficiency and providing adequate safeguards in the interim, and in particular mandatory stunning.
“I call on the Prime Minister to reconsider his position on live exports for the sake of Australian livestock and all those Australians who fight for them.”
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