Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has travelled to Israel to lobby for that country to continue to take live animals from Australia.
The Israeli Parliament will soon consider a move to cease the trade. The live trade has been an issue in that country for a number of years.
Australia has been talking with Israel for some time about why a ban is not good for Israeli consumers as well as what alternatives there may be to a ban.
Australia is the only country in the world which has standards which monitor animal welfare right through the live export supply chain. The Australian Standard for the Export of Livestock enforces animal welfare from farm to vessel. The Export Supply Chain Assurance System enforces standards from offloading to slaughter, including through feedlot and abattoir facilities overseas which receive Australian livestock. The exporter supply chains need to be approved by the independent regulator. It is the leading model for the export of livestock.
“The live trade can be done by the right people, the right way,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The Australian Government has long been serious about animal welfare.
“With the McCarthy Review changes I’ve implemented, Israel can be assured we’re serious about animal welfare.
“Those changes include reduced stocking densities and independent observers on every boat supplying the truth of what happens on those voyages, and proof of it.
“The live sheep trade is important to our farmers, particularly our West Australian farmers. It was important I make the trip here and represent their interests as well as the interests of animal welfare.”
Source: Australian Government