Senate votes for phase-out of live sheep exports

The RSPCA welcomed the passing of a motion in the Australian Senate yesterday calling on the Government to legislate for an orderly phase-out of the live sheep export trade.

The motion was proposed by Senator Derryn Hinch and supported by the Australian Labor Party, the Greens, the Centre Alliance, and independent Senator Tim Storer.

The motion noted the recent suspension of the Australia’s largest sheep exporter, Emanuel Exports, and called on the Government to provide greater certainty for the future of Australian sheep producers by compensating affected producers, investing in domestic abattoir capacity, and legislating for an orderly phase-out of the live sheep trade.

The passing of the motion provides a strong indication of possible voting intention for the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018, which is currently before the Senate and due to be voted on in the August sitting period.