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Greens have a go at live export ban ... March 21, 2012
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 02:02:06 PM »
The Australian Greens are attempting to end the live animal export trade.

'The time has come for the law to change,' Greens senator Lee Rhiannon told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

The senator intends introducing a private bill to parliament that will probit the export of live animals for slaughter.

Hundreds of animals had died at sea in the past six months, Senator Rhiannon said.

'Australia is out of touch and is out of step with the growing trend around the world for this trade to be wound down,' she said.

Senator Rhiannon believes the economic benefits of building more abattoirs in Australia, along with developing an export trade in processed meat, would be greater than the $1 billion the live trade is worth.

'We could rejuvenate regional areas, creating tens of thousands of jobs, particularly in the northern part of Australia,' she said.

The federal government temporarily suspended all live cattle exports to Indonesia in June last year, after graphic footage showed cattle being abused.