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Monday, April 9

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will call for an end to the live animal export trade, following shocking revelations of animal cruelty and sheep deaths which aired on 60 Minutes last night.

“The latest footage of conditions on board live export ships bound to the Middle East is nothing short of appalling,” Mr Wilkie said.

“But we’ve known for years that the worst offenders are these sheep ships travelling to the Middle East, on which animal fatalities are often way beyond government standards and records are routinely falsified.

“Surely this is all the proof that this vile trade must be shut down and shut down immediately. The latest evidence demonstrates clearly that these exporters are breaching federal and state laws, as well as international standards.

“The industry treats us like mugs when it says this isn’t representative of the live export industry as a whole. We’ve seen exposé after exposé of horrific animal welfare breaches and there can be no doubt that this is a cruel trade. A one-off investigation into this incident won’t cut it.

“To allow this trade to continue is simply unconscionable and, if he allows it to continue, the Minister for Agriculture will, just like his predecessors, be complicit in animal cruelty.”

Sunday, April 8

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, is calling for an end to the live animal export trade, following shocking revelations of animal cruelty and sheep deaths ...

“The latest footage of conditions on board live export ships bound to the Middle East is nothing short of appalling,” Mr Wilkie said.

“But we’ve known for years that the worst offenders are these sheep ships travelling to the Middle East, on which animal fatalities are often way beyond government standards and records are routinely falsified.

“Surely this is all the proof that this vile trade must be shut down and shut down immediately. The latest evidence demonstrates clearly that these exporters are breaching federal and state laws, as well as international standards.

“The industry treats us like mugs when it says this isn’t representative of the live export industry as a whole. We’ve seen exposé after exposé of horrific animal welfare breaches and there can be no doubt that this is a cruel trade. A one-off investigation into this incident won’t cut it.

“To allow this trade to continue is simply unconscionable and, if he allows it to continue, the Minister for Agriculture will, just like his predecessors, be complicit in animal cruelty.”

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart