Where do the political parties stand on live export?

11 April 2019

Millions of Australian animals suffer unnecessarily during live export every year.

With the election upon us, find out where the major political parties stand on live animal export: 

Animal Justice Party

They oppose the commercial export of live animals.  

The Australian Greens

They have a longstanding position to end live exports including a five-point plan to end animal cruelty and boost jobs. 

The Australian Labor Party (ALP)

They have committed to stop the northern summer sheep trade at the first opportunity and phase out all live sheep exports over time. However, Labor’s shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said at the Rural Press Club in Brisbane this year that; “The Labor party supports the live cattle trade, unequivocally.” 

The Liberal Party of Australia and The National Party of Australia Coalition

They have no published campaign position on live exports. However, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told the Rural Press Club in Brisbane last year that, observers on live export boats will be money well spent insuring the future of the vital industry. "This government will never ban the export of live animals to any nation in this world. We’re going to keep doing it and we’re going to do it right.”

You can help end live animal export

Australia exports around three million live animals every year over long distances, in conditions which result in suffering.

Thousands die in transit and many of those that survive the journey are handled roughly at their destination and are killed while fully conscious. Too many suffer outright brutality.

Whatever the outcome of this election, the next Prime Minister must make animal welfare a priority by phasing out live animal exports.

Will you add your voice to our open letter to the next Prime Minister? 

By signing, your name will be included in the newspaper ad alongside others demanding change.

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Authorised by Ben Pearson, World Animal Protection, Level 2, 120 Christie Street St Leonards 2065

Whatever the outcome of this election, the next Prime Minister must make animal welfare a priority by phasing out live animal exports
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