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Articles about live animal exports

Animal Export Regulation the Key to Best Outcomes for All

Live export

The introduction of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in 2011 is the most significant reform the live export industry has ever seen.

By Phillip Glyde

The introduction of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in 2011 is the most significant reform the live export industry has ever seen.

The topic of live animal export stirs strong emotions. It is for good reason too, as it covers important considerations such as the welfare of animals and the livelihood of Australians working in rural and regional communities.

The Australian Government has a responsibility to everyone involved in the trade – the farmers and exporters who rely on the trade for their income, the exported animals that rely on us to ensure their welfare, and the broader Australian community that rely on us to enforce standards that reflect their values.

Live Export: A Cruel and Risky Industry

By Anastasia Smietanka

Incident after incident has shown that the live export trade cannot be regulated to ensure high animal welfare standards. Live exports should be banned.

As the “friend of industry”, the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) regulates the live export trade. But it is also responsible for animal welfare.

Its conflict of interest is obvious. And it shows. The department makes no serious attempt to secure basic welfare.

Nor does industry. The trade is inherently cruel. And when the animals are disembarked dockside in a foreign market, Australian jurisdiction ceases.

Live exports should be banned.