Live exports on their way out

May 21, 2018

Support for shutting down the live sheep export trade is gaining ground, with Labor set to formally endorse the proposal this week.

Australian Conservatives’ leader Cory Bernardi says he is horrified by the footage arising from the industry over the years.

While Senator Bernardi understands Liberal MP Sussan Ley’s intentions behind her private member's bill to ban live sheep exports in the next 5 years, he is concerned about supporting a blanket ban. 

In the video below, Senator Bernardi notes the rapid decline in live exports and the likelihood that in a similar timeframe, market forces will bring an end to the practice.

The ABC reports Ms Ley said, "This has been a trade marked by disaster following debacle and that's gone on for 33 years, it's had a very sad history, a very dismal history".

History shows most private members' bills do not pass Parliament, because debate has to be approved by the Government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made it clear he has no intention of shutting down the trade because he believes the sector can be cleaned up.

The Government last week announced it would implement all 23 recommendations made by a review into the live sheep trade, which include reducing the number of sheep on vessels and jail time for those breaking the new laws.

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