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Darren Chester urges government to speak with farmers and review data and to understand the importance of live export industry
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urg Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to reconsider the plan to phase out the live export industry.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, who is supportive of the live export industry, said the industry was regulated through many strict standards and regulations governing the export of livestock. "The live export industry is an important part of Australia's agricultural sector and an example of our nation helping less developed nations achieve their full potential," Mr Chester said.
The live export trade generates significant income for the Australian economy and supports tens of thousands of people employed across associated industries throughout rural and regional Australia
Mr Chester said, "It is important to note that most livestock export voyages are undertaken without incident. Publicly available data shows that more than 99% of livestock exported from Australia arrive at their destination with good animal welfare outcomes."
Mr Chester said that Australia is the only country in the world with minimum standards and a regulatory system in place. "The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock sets the minimum animal health and welfare requirements that the industry must meet throughout the supply chain," Mr Chester said.
Mr Chester also said, "This ensures the humane treatment and handling of livestock is provided from exportation to arriving in another country. The Albanese government's proposal to phase out the industry would have devastating impacts on our agricultural and associated sectors."
"I urge the new government to look at the data and speak with farmers and exporters to understand the importance of the industry." Mr Chester said.
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