I commend the Labor Party for what appears to be a promise to phase out the live sheep export trade if they win government.
There is no doubt that live export is systemically cruel and not in Australia’s economic self-interest, and governments should have banned the whole thing a long time ago.
While this is a good first step, the Labor Party must move quickly to implement a ban on the export of all live animals, not just sheep. They must also reassure the community and give an ironclad guarantee that what Joel Fitzgibbon said today is indeed the policy that they will take to the election.
The Government’s suggestion that we need to wait for the evidence before acting is absurd. The evidence is already there because we’ve seen exposé after exposé of animal cruelty in the live export industry for years.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent for Denison