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Complete live export ban needed: Bandt

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Adam Bandt 8 Jun 2011

Greens MP Adam Bandt will push ahead with a bill to ban all live animal exports following an announcement by the government to suspend export to Indonesia.

Joining the RSPCA and Animals Australia in Canberra today, Mr Bandt said half measures were not enough and any delay would cause more suffering.

Senator Rachel Siewert will also move for debate on the bill in the Senate.

"I will push ahead with my bill to put in place a complete ban on live animal exports," Mr Bandt said today.

"There can be no half way house on this issue, if it is cruel to export live animals to Indonesia it is cruel to export animals to other countries with the same essential practices."

"There is only one consistent approach on this issue. Just because the images are not shown on TV doesn't mean animals exported to other countries are not being mistreated."

"Allowing exports to countries that claims to conform with OIE guidelines is no solution. Indonesia was an OIE signatory and the guidelines were not enforced. And there is no way to police this requirement across tens of thousands of abattoirs worldwide."

"And a phase in over three years would mean many millions of animals face mistreatment before a ban is in place."

"Banning the export trade will boost jobs in the Australian meat industry and will significantly improve animal welfare."

"I will introduce the bill on June 20 and we have asked the government to allow early debate on this bill before the Parliament rises for the winter break. I expect the government to agree to this request."



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