The RSPCA has welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to closing a loophole in Australia’s live export regulations that denies protection to thousands of Australian animals exported for purposes other than slaughter.
“The RSPCA has long called for breeding and dairy animals to be covered by the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS), so it’s heartening to see political leadership to address the community’s concerns,” RSPCA Australian senior policy officer Dr Jed Goodfellow said.
“The RSPCA calls on leaders from all sides of politics to work together to expand and improve ESCAS as quickly as possible to better protect animals live exported for breeding and dairy production overseas.”
Since the tragic news of dead and dying dairy cows exported to Sri Lanka broke last week, thousands of Australians have expressed their fury at the lack of protections offered to these animals.
“Exporters have a duty of care to animals they’re sending overseas whether those animals are intended for slaughter, breeding or dairy production,” Dr Goodfellow said.
“That duty doesn’t stop at the point at which they get paid.”
If this issue interests you, you might like to read The Outsider about veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson who worked on live-export ships.