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Greens ‘fully committed’ to live export ban

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 6 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government’s decision to resume the exports of live cattle to Indonesia.

“The Minister has given no guarantee that animals must be stunned prior to slaughter. Stunning must be a non-negotiable aspect of live trade,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Anything short of stunning before slaughter is not acceptable and constitutes a failure from the Federal Government,” said Senator Siewert.

“OIE guidelines do not require stunning before slaughter of cattle.

“Without stunning, cattle can exhibit indicators of possible consciousness for up to 2 minutes after the throat is cut, leading to a slow and pain death.

“The welfare standards which are acceptable to the Australian public and farmers cannot be guaranteed in overseas markets.

“Adam Bandt and I will persist with the Australian Greens legislation to permanently ban live exports,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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