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Notice given 23 June 2003

491  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the June 2003 edition of the Australian Veterinary Association Journal contained a report from a veterinarian, Dr Petra Sidhom, entitled ‘Welfare of cattle transported from Australia to Egypt’,

(ii) the report described thousands of animals enduring overcrowded and filthy conditions and inadequate ventilation while aboard the livestock carriers at sea,

(iii) the report also detailed that those animals that did survive the journey to Egypt were, upon arrival, turned over to ill-prepared and inexperienced stockmen and slaughtermen, resulting in extreme cruelty and suffering, and

(iv) the author’s statement that she ‘negotiated a range of measures to improve the situation with representatives of LiveCorp, but none has yet been put into practice’;

(b) expresses concern at the prospect of the Government and LiveCorp being far more interested in expanding live export and international trade opportunities than ensuring the welfare of the animals that it exports; and

(c) calls on the Government to introduce, as a minimum, an immediate moratorium on live exports to Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and other areas of the Middle East, until these countries adopt similar animal welfare laws and codes of practice to those of Australia in the areas of transportation and slaughter.

492  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) meeting has repeatedly considered a national position on banning tail docking of dogs without reaching a consensus, as recently as December 2002 and April 2003;

(b) notes that, although PIMC failed to reach a consensus at its April 2003 meeting, it resolved to finalise a national position on the issue of tail docking of dogs for cosmetic purposes by 30 June 2003;

(c) notes that after the April 2003 PIMC meeting the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia  proceeded with the banning of tail docking of dogs for cosmetic reasons, while Queensland put similar regulations in place to be automatically enacted in October 2003; and

(d) calls on the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Mr Truss) to obtain consensus by 30 June 2003 on the implementation of a national ban on tail docking of dogs for cosmetic purposes.

Notice of motion altered on 24 June and 25 June 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.