Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has welcomed a decision by the Australian Livestock Exporters Council to place a moratorium on live sheep exports to the Middle East during their Summer.
The three month moratorium will come into effect in June 2019 meaning no live sheep will be shipped during the period where the animals face the most stress from soaring temperatures.
Ms Sharkie has a Private Members Bill currently before parliament that would phase out the practise of live exports over the next 5 years.
“This moratorium is the first in a series of necessary steps to phase out an unsustainable industry.
“But it is just a first step and we cannot stop there.
“I call on the Government to allow a free vote on my Private Member’s Bill, the Live Sheep Long Haul Export Prohibition Bill 2018 (No. 2), which was introduced this week.
“My Bill is a hard-fought, reasoned compromise to phase out this declining industry over five years.
“Allowing a free vote would give the Government the opportunity to act on an issue which has galvanised the Australian people to a degree that cannot be ignored and will give all MPs the freedom to vote according to their convictions and represent the views of their communities.
“This afternoon I received a letter from ALEC advising me that they were committed to a reform process and that the cruelty exposed in the media was not representative of their industry."