Australians ‚Äì including farmers ‚Äì know there are rules they must follow when it comes to caring for their animals.
If they don‚Äôt follow the rules, there are consequences.
So why don‚Äôt the same rules apply to live exporters?
And why does our government keep giving in to them?
New animal welfare protections didn‚Äôt even last three months before live exporter RETWA / KLTT convinced the government to let them avoid the new regulations.
And the Australian Government, which promised to independently regulate this reckless industry based on the science and evidence, is now allowing them to do it.
After initially making the right decision, and upholding its own regulations in accordance with the overwhelming science and evidence...
The Government has now backflipped under pressure from the live exporter and agreed to exempt them from rules that would‚Äôve protected tens of thousands of Australian animals from a torturous journey into the Middle East at the most dangerous time of year.
Live exporters are playing by their own rules and making a mockery of our regulations, and the Australian Government is letting it happen.
Three out of every four Australians want live exports to end. But everyone agrees the industry should be well managed and regulated.
The Department of Agriculture has shown beyond doubt that they cannot uphold these important animal protection regulations in the face of industry pressure.
Time and again, live exporters like RETWA / KLTT bring negative attention and damage the international reputation of Australian agriculture by flagrantly risking the welfare of our animals.
This cannot be allowed to continue.
They don‚Äôt respect our rules. And if the Australian Government and the regulator can‚Äôt stop this from happening, live export cannot continue.
What needs to change
The live export industry is plagued by cruelty and disaster - but these sheep must not pay the price for that.
We cannot bend the rules for companies that take unreasonable risks and place our animals in jeopardy.
This request for exemption makes a mockery of our live export regulations and animal protection laws.
This absurd exemption must be overturned, and live export regulation handed over to a more competent independent office of animal welfare.
Saturday, 13th June 2020
Live export boiling point: RSPCA in disbelief over exemption backflip RSPCA Media Release
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020
RSPCA welcomes decision to uphold live export law and spare sheep from dangerous live export journey RSPCA Media Release
26th May 2020
RSPCA statement on Al Kuwait live sheep export COVID-19 outbreak RSPCA Media Release
2nd April 2020
Disappointing live export outcome reveals cruel and inconvenient truth
Live exporters have had chance after chance, and they‚Äôve continually failed community expectations and disrespected our laws - bringing embarrassment upon the government and international shame upon our farmers. Enough is enough.
Please write to your MP now and urge them enforce our existing live export regulations. Your email will also be sent to the Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture.