Reassuring state’s livestock producers
Posted on Thursday, 19 April, 2018
April 10, 2018
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has reassured livestock producers in his
electorate that the Coalition Government condemns cruelty to animals and takes
animal welfare very seriously.
Mr Ramsey’s comments follow the government urgently investigating information
and footage provided of on-board conditions on a number of live export voyages
to the Middle East.
Mr Ramsey said the Coalition Government supports
farmers who rely on the live export trade and exporters who do the right
“It’s clear that this job can be done safely and
humanely and failure to do so is a failure by the exporters,” he said.
“We need to clamp down on any rogue operators
and review the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) to ensure that it
is adequately regulating the industry.”
Mr Ramsey said the Agriculture Minister had
issued an urgent enquiry and had already highlighted some discrepancy between
the official report and what was shown on the 60-minutes program Sunday night.
“We don’t want a knee jerk reaction – but we
need to immediately get to the bottom of what is going on to ensure that
farmers livestock is properly looked after,” Mr Ramsey said.
“I think the recently released footage is truly horrific and it’s completely at
odds with community expectations and the care that farmers provide to their
Contact: Kendall Jackson (08)8633 1744