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Livestock Export (Animal Welfare Conditions) Bill 2011

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Andrew Wilkie MP

Livestock Export (Animal Welfare Conditions) Bill 2011


Clause 1: Short Title

1.     This clause is a formal provision and specifies the short title of the Bill, once enacted, as the Livestock Export (Animal Welfare Conditions) Act 2011 .

Clause 2: Commencement

2.     This clause provides for the commencement of all Sections of the Act the day after the Act receives the Royal Assent

Schedule 1 - Amendments


Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997


Item 1: Section 7

1.     Item 1 creates a definition of “treated humanely” in relation to live-stock.

2.     This definition states that to be treated humanely, live-stock must be kept in accordance with relevant sections of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, as published by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; transported in accordance with the international guidelines set out in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code as published by the World Organisation for Animal Health; and slaughtered in accordance with clauses 7.9 to 7.12 of the Australian standard for the hygienic production of meat and meat products for human consumption (AS 4696:2007), which mandates stunning prior to slaughter, and contains limited exceptions for approved ritual slaughter arrangements whereby animals may be stunned immediately after being stuck.

Item 2: After section 17

3.     Item 2 inserts a Section 17A into the Act, which states that if the Secretary has reasonable grounds to believe that live-stock exported under a live-stock export licence will not be treated humanely, the Secretary must act to ensure that either the live-stock is treated humanely or that the live-stock is no longer exported.

Item 3: After section 55

4.     Item 3 inserts a section 55A into the Act, which creates an offence with a penalty of 50 penalty units. The offence applies if the holder of a live-stock export licence has evidence that would reasonably suggest that live-stock being exported under the licence is not being treated humanely and fails to inform the Secretary in writing of that evidence.

Item 4: Application

5.     Item 4 states that the amendments to the Act shall not apply during the transitional period, where a live-stock export licence has been granted before the beginning of this transitional period and a contract to export live-stock has been entered into before the beginning of the transitional period.

6.     Item 4 also defines the transitional period to be the period of 6 months that begins from the commencement day listed in Clause 2.