Labor went to the 2019 Federal Election with a policy to put an end to the northern summer live sheep trade at the first opportunity and phase out the balance of trade while helping sheep meat producers make the transition to more domestic processing.
Labor welcomed the Government’s decision to finally provide a level of independent oversight to the regulation of Australia’s livestock export in September 2019.
The Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports presented a step in the right direction. However, ensuring that the highest standards of animal welfare are maintained will require the Government, the regulator and industry to remain vigilant and to be guided by the best available science.
Labor maintains animal welfare would be more adequately protected by an independent statutory regulator.
Labor will continue to advocate for a science-based approach to animal welfare, which clearly indicates the moratorium on the northern summer trade is both measured and necessary.