Australian Greens Senator and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has welcomed the cancellation of Emmanuel Exports live exports licence, but said fiddling around the edges won't end the cruelty of live exports, calling for a complete end to to the practice.
Senator Faruqi said:
"While I welcome the cancellation of Emanuel Exports’ license, the reality is that the live export trade is incompatible with animal welfare. Suspending individual licenses will not end the cruelty of cramming thousands of animals in hellish conditions on ships.
"The exporters know exactly the horrific conditions into which they send these animals when they load them by the thousands onto the ships. It is clear that the only way to end this is to stop the entire live animal export trade for good.
"The Greens have a five-point plan to phase out live exports which is the only reasonable and practical way out of live exports. Not only will this plan help end the excruciatingly cruel trade of living and breathing animals, but it will also create jobs in Australia by expanding the local meat processing industry.
"The Federal Government may think this issue will go away if they ignore it for long enough, but the Australian people are demanding strong action to end the cruel live export trade.”