After more than a week of intense public pressure, following the horrific evidence provided by Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia that aired on Four Corners, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a suspension of all live cattle exports to Indonesia.
However, this is not a permanent ban. Minister for Agriculture, Senator Joe Ludwig has stated that he will be working with the live export industry with the aim of resuming the trade within six months.
WSPA has rejected this interim measure as inadequate.Jessica Borg, Campaign Manager at WSPA said: “There is simply no such thing as a humane live export trade. We’re appalled by the Minister’s continued support for this cruel industry; one which Australians do not want.”
The investigation which aired last Monday on Four Corners is sadly, just one example of the cruelty inherent in the Australian live animal export trade. After almost twenty years and millions of Australian dollars, no significant improvement to animal welfare has been made. And yet Minister Ludwig is relying on the industry itself again to make a difference in over 120 Indonesian abattoirs in just six months.
Jessica added: “Instead of wasting Australian tax payers’ money trying to improve the inherently cruel live export trade, Ludwig should be focussing on our local, higher value and more humane chilled meat trade.”
Live animal export to ALL countries needs to end now
Whether it is cattle shipped to Indonesia or sheep shipped to the Middle East, the only way to fully protect our animals is to process them here within Australia.
WSPA and thousands of our supporters from around the world are calling on the Australian Government to take meaningful action by announcing an end date for live animal exports to all countries.
With continued pressure, we can make a real difference for our Australian animals.