Ending live sheep exports

Live sheep exports would be phased out over a 5-year period, under a private senator’s bill that has passed the Senate.

Sep 25, 2018

Live sheep exports would be phased out over a 5-year period, under a private senator’s bill that has passed the Senate. The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 aims to immediately ban the export of live sheep and lambs via ship during the northern hemisphere summer and to phase in a ban of any export voyages of longer than 10 days. Introducing the bill to the chamber, Senator Derryn Hinch described live export as ‘a cruel and barbaric practice’ which he had first petitioned against in 1981.

The bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives; however, an attempt by the opposition to make debating and voting on the bill a priority was not successful.