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Greens call for MLA to face Senate Inquiry

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 10 Jun 2011

The Australian Greens say Meat and Livestock Australia's role in the inhumane treatment of cattle in Indonesia should be scrutinised in a Senate Inquiry.

"MLA's admission that they were aware of the appalling practices occurring in Indonesia abattoirs raises serious questions about their management of this issue," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare said today.

"People are rightly asking questions of MLA over their involvement in animal welfare management in Indonesia.

"This Inquiry would be held in addition to the Government's independent review of the live export supply chain. It would be a public process which would provide answers to farmers and the Australian public who were horrified by the images on Four Corners.

"Farmers are providing millions of dollars annually to MLA - supposedly to address animal welfare issues. Given the deplorable conditions in Indonesian abattoirs there are serious concerns about the manner in which this money has been spent.

"An Inquiry will allow people across the industry to have a say about MLA and the conditions we've seen in Indonesia.

"I am calling on Senators from all sides of politics to support this Inquiry when the Senate sits next week," Senator Siewert concluded.


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