Demand the Government Improves Live Export Animal Welfare Rules and Guidelines as Part of its National Review

  • by: Georgina B.
  • recipient: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Live animal export rules will be reviewed as part of an inquiry into regulations affecting Australian farm businesses, according to a report in The Guardian.

The Australian government has set a deadline for an inquiry into regulations in the agricultural sector that can be deemed,  “unnecessarily burdensome, complex or redundant."

Its focus includes, “regulatory arrangements affecting access to new technologies, investment opportunities, land tenure, relevant environmental protection and native vegetation laws, animal welfare and the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System” (Escas).

Escas requires Australian exporters to have control of all supply chain arrangements for livestock - this includes aspects such as transport, management and slaughter. Escas was introduced in 2011 after concerns about cruelty to animals that were exported overseas.

The review will also consider “whether Australia’s farm export competitiveness can be improved by minimising duplication between domestic regulation and importing country requirements."

It's been well documented animals exported oversees frequently endure significant suffering and cruelty. Will you join me in urging the Australian Government to improve live export animal welfare rules and guidelines as part of its national review?

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