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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

7.30 report on Egypt scandal – Livestock exporter council move to protect their business

Media Release – 6 May 2013

In the lead up to ABC’s 7.30 report on live export cruelty tonight, the Australian Greens have underlined the failures of the ESCAS system to reduce animal cruelty and responded to the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council’s statement on the Egyptian scandal.

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Sen Lee Rhiannon can comment post ABC 7.30. She has:

·         an end live export bill<http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/banliveexportbill> currently being debated in the Senate

·         issued a report<http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-release-live-exports-position-paper-building-domestic-meat-processing> on the five steps need to build the domestic processing industry and transition from live exports

·         repeatedly called for Labor’s establishment of the overdue Office of Animal Welfare<http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/time-act-office-animal-welfare>.

“The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council is clutching at straws if it hopes the failed ESCAS system will end the animal welfare abuses witnessed in Egypt,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“ESCAS is a failed system as the slaughter of livestock cannot be controlled from a desk in Canberra.

“The Exporters Council is trying to use ESCAS to protect their business interests, when the evidence is clear that it is time to wind up the live export trade and expand the trade in processed meat. That is the way to give the pastoralists and all those associated with the industry certainty.

“The failures of the ESCAS system are on display every time Animals Australia blows the whistle on another incident of animal cruelty.

“The fact that it is Animals Australia representatives and not an Australian government official that exposes the cruelty in overseas abattoirs is the clearest proof that ESCAS does not work.

“The government is misleading the public if it backs the push from exporters to adopt the ESCAS regulations for the welfare of livestock exported from Australia to Egypt. In the short time this regulatory system has been operating numerous examples of the distressing treatment of exported animals has emerged.

“By calling for the ESCAS system to be adopted for livestock trade with Egypt the exporters are putting their interests before that of the pastoralists and rural communities who need certainty and before the welfare of the livestock.

Live Export Suspension Too Little, Too Late
Media statement, 7 May 2013

Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Lynn MacLaren MLC said that the new suspension on live cattle exports to Egypt is too little, too late.

"A ban on the trade is the only reasonable response," Ms MacLaren said today, after listening to government and industry reactions to the latest revelation of animal welfare abuses in Egypt.

"The true colours of federal MPs will be revealed when once again they are called upon to bring an
industry to account for despicable acts of cruelty to Australian animals exported to Egypt," she said.

"Australians won't stomach the sickening images of cruelty to our cattle exported overseas and will demand a ban.

"Unlike the response from the Minister and industry PR spin doctors, a reasonable reaction would be to take every measure to protect any animals from suffering this fate by replacing live exports with chilled or packaged meat exports.

"The recent evidence of cruelty toward Australian cattle in Egypt wasn't brought to light by Australian officials. Instead, it took the independent group 'Animals Australia' to investigate ongoing abuses.

"If it wasn't for Animals Australia, the government wouldn't have acted.

"The federal government isn't doing enough to stand up for animal welfare.

"Industry and government - both state and federal - working together, would see a northern abattoir process Australian meat for export," Ms MacLaren concluded.

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