Greens introduce bill to end live exports

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Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare has introduced legislation in the Senate to permanently ban live export of animals for slaughter.

"The Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 seeks to put an immediate end to the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in overseas abattoirs," Senator Siewert said today.

"We are now calling on the Government to bring the Greens' bill on for debate before the end of June. This is important legislation and it should be debated as soon as possible.

"As live exports continue, it is inevitable that we will see animals suffer unnecessarily prior to slaughter.

"The time has come to improve and increase processing in Australia to support local jobs and communities. The local benefits of processing meat in Australia have been underestimated for too long and are being talked down by the live export industry.

"Processing animals in Australia protects them from inhumane treatment and ensures our laws and standards regarding animal welfare can be upheld.

"By growing our meat export trade we can create more local jobs, support communities and maintain economic viability for producers. We should be investing in these economic opportunities rather than maintaining the live export trade which sees animals being treated so badly once they leave our shores," Senator Siewert concluded.

Greens MP Adam Bandt will introduce the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 in the House of Representatives on Monday 20th June 2011.