Greens push ahead with legislation to end live exports

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The Australian Greens remain committed to legislating a permanent end to live exports in the wake of the Government’s announcement of a suspension of all live cattle shipments to Indonesia.

“The suspension is very welcome news; the Government has finally done the right thing. However this is only the first step,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on animal welfare said today.

“We will be pushing ahead with our bill to immediately end all livestock exports for slaughter. This legislation has been introduced into the House of Representatives by Greens MP Adam Bandt and I will be tabling it in the Senate next week.

“From the evidence we have seen, both in this situation and others, it is clear that this trade is cruel and welfare standards can not be properly monitored or enforced. For this reason, we remain committed to a total ban.

"This suspension is an important first step which must now be followed by a permanent ban, which is precisely what our legislation delivers," Senator Siewert concluded.