|Mark we bring you sad and shocking news today.##
As you may have heard, the Government has backflipped under pressure from a live exporter and agreed to exempt them from rules that would’ve protected tens of thousands of Australian animals from a torturous journey into the Middle East at the most dangerous time of year.
Just one week ago, they made the right decision, upholding their own regulations in accordance with the overwhelming science and evidence.
But now, after promising to independently regulate this reckless industry based on the science and evidence, the government is apparently unable to stand up to the live exporter and uphold its own laws.
So they’ve given in. And in doing so, they’ve shown beyond doubt that they cannot uphold these important animal protection regulations in the face of industry pressure.
Australians – including farmers – know there are rules they must follow when it comes to caring for their animals.
If they don’t follow the rules, there are consequences.
So why don’t the same rules apply to live exporters?
And why does our government keep giving in to them?
|Live exporters are playing by their own rules and making a mockery of our regulations, and the Australian Government is letting it happen.
This exemption is an absurd decision by the regulator, and how it has come about needs to be heavily scrutinised.
Three out of every four Australians want live exports to end. But everyone agrees the industry should be well managed and regulated.
That’s not happening.
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’t respect our rules. And if the Australian Government and the regulator can’t stop this from happening, live export cannot continue.
The clock is ticking.
First, this shock exemption has been with no notice and no consultation. That’s just not good enough.
We’re asking the Minister to uphold the law and stop this shipment.
Second, we’re insisting there must be an independent observer on board at the very least – as is current government policy – so the live export industry cannot hide the truth.
TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY