State Labor wants live animal export industry to improve

Federal Opposition announced support for banning live animal exports if victorious in the next election.

“We’ve never had a federal party come out and say ‘if we get elected we will stop any element of the live animal trade,” said activist Katrina Love.

The Bader III ship arrived in Fremantle port on Thursday and was greeted by live export protests. Taylah Hanna has more details on this divisive issue.

This ship docked in Fremantle’s port has a horrific record involving many deaths in the live animal trade.

During one of the exports it was reported to have lost over 4,000 sheep in 30 minutes, due to an unexpected heat event.

Stop Live Exports activists said controversial ships exporting more live stock needs to end.

“Stop live exports, RSPCA, every animal welfare protection rights organisation on the planet opposes the live export… especially long haul live export of animals,” she said.

The announcement from Federal Labor, brings fear the live export ban will see the demise of WA farmers and local communities, who rely on the export industry as primary income.

“A lot of people who drive trucks, run farms, live in regional towns, work on the port, rely upon it for their incomes, so we always need to take into account their needs as well,”

“The mistreatment of those sheep was unacceptable, but we need to continue to work with the industry to get rid of the bad apples,” said Mr McGowan.

Premier Mark McGowan, believes the industry needs to clean itself up before it comes time to shut it down.

Working with Agriculture Minister, Alannah MacTeirnan, the State Government will suggest ideas for improvements, including reducing the number of stock on each ship, taking breaks during hot months, and having inspectors on board to ensure compliance to the State’s animal welfare laws, and prosecuting offenders where necessary.

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