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Cruelty evident in live export verdict.

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Senator Andrew Bartlett Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Dated: 11 February 2008

Cruelty evident in live export verdict

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has called on the federal government to put a stop to the live export trade following the court verdict in the Western Australian Government's animal cruelty case against Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd.

"The government can no longer dodge its complicity in allowing verified cruelty," Senator Bartlett said. "The inhumane practice of live animal exports must stop.

"This case is just part of a very long line of instances of major animal welfare problems revealed in Australia's live export trade, despite attempts by industry to suggest there are no problems.

"The bottom line is this industry is about export dollars, and the extreme suffering of the animals involved is something the industry is prepared to wear in order to continue to exist.

"Both major political parties have for years been complicit in supporting the industry's deception in trying to downplay the enormity of the cruelty brought upon Australian livestock.

"This has been allowed to continue regardless of clear public opposition to the trade and regular widespread evidence of the suffering endured by animals in loading, onboard vessels, offloading and in the their slaughter.

"We have moral indignation being expressed by politicians of both major parties about the cruelty involved in Japan's whaling program, yet we have turned a blind eye for decades to the horrendous and inhumane conditions livestock endure.

"Live exports are unavoidably cruel to the animals shipped abroad and their poor treatment and substandard living conditions are well documented.

"It's about time that government took the welfare of livestock much more seriously and moved to phase out this trade, which exports Australian jobs as well as well animal misery," Senator Bartlett said.