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Government announces new restrictions for live sheep exports

but no ban

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 17 May 2018

The live sheep export trade will face tougher standards and penalties under "serious and meaningful" changes announced by the Turnbull government, which has stopped short of banning the industry following shocking revelations of death and suffering on the voyages to the Middle East.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced the government will impose a reduction in the number of sheep packed onto vessels and increase the ventilation on ships in a push to alleviate heat stress during the northern summer months.

There will also be increased penalties for companies who profit from breaking the tougher rules around animal welfare and independent observers will be placed on all vessels carrying both sheep and cattle.

But the changes have immediately been dismissed by Labor and animal welfare groups, who say more must be done.

Labor's agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon dismissed the government's announcement, saying "the science is in" and animal welfare could not be adequately protected in the northern summer months.