VFF backs continuation of live exports

THE Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) says the Federal Governments “strong commitment to the live export trade”, following the release of the government’s response to a review into live exports is a welcome outcome.

“It is the best outcome when Government works with Industry to create a practical framework for the process of exporting live animals in the future, and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig needs to be congratulated for this” VFF president Andrew Broad said.

“The implementation of these increased standards and refined processes will ensure that we meet or better international standards of animal welfare, while maintaining a trade that is worth approximately $1 billion to the Australian economy.

The VFF said that if the demands of animal welfare groups such as Animals Australia and the RSPCAwere met, and Australia ceased the trade of live animals, animal welfare standards would have plummeted.

“Without Australia in this market place, there would have been little to no regulation or monitoring of these practices by a developed nation.

“One key element we will have to monitor as this plan is rolled out is the maintenance of funding required to implement the prescribed reforms. Government must assist significantly in this,” the farming body said.

The VFF also noted that these reforms will require a long term and consistent commitment by Government and Industry alike, but said that with the framework released, the future is looking highly sustainable.

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