The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has discussed the release of Dr Michael McCarthy’s review into the live export trade.
“This is all the proof we need that the Government has no intentions of reining in the cruel live export trade,” Mr Wilkie said. “Turns out that the public was right to be sceptical when this review was announced.”
“The small changes that are recommended by the McCarthy review will not stop the horrific animal welfare abuses in the live sheep export industry because the fact is the industry is systemically cruel. There’ll still be tens of thousands of animals sweltering in the heat on these hell ships and making minor changes won’t stop this.
“Clearly the Government still has its fingers in its ears and won’t listen to the majority of the community, including their own backbenchers, who want the trade shut down. Rather it hopes that it can implement these recommendations and then the whole thing will go away.
“The Government is also ignoring the advice of experts such as the RSPCA and the Australian Veterinary Association who have called for a complete ban on live export during summer months.
“We don’t need some minor regulatory changes or more window dressing. We don’t need any more reviews. We need a complete ban on all live export from Australia, and anything less will be a betrayal of the community who’ve been calling for a ban for years.”