Shire of Plantagenet Opposes Live Sheep Export Ban

Published on Thursday, 30 May 2024 at 2:50:30 PM

The Shire of Plantagenet Council has called on the Federal Government to reconsider its plan to end live sheep exports by 1 May 2028.

At a recent meeting the Plantagenet Council voted unanimously to oppose the Federal Government’s decision and called for the Government to undertake genuine consultation with the agricultural sector to find a mutually agreeable position to maintaining live sheep exports whilst maintaining world best practice animal welfare standards.

Plantagenet Shire President Cr Len Handasyde warned “Should this ban be enacted, the loss of live sheep exports will have a significant detrimental impact on the local economy negatively affecting law abiding farmers, stock transporters, shearers, small business and meat processors. This is totally unacceptable”.

“This was never about animal welfare; we have world best practice standards being well maintained and there is no scientific evidence to back up the actions taken by the Federal Government. The alternatives promoted by the Federal Government are not realistic and will do little to alleviate the effects of the loss of this trade” he said.

Cr Handasyde said, “We will continue to support our local farmers and businesses who work hard to deliver quality produce into world markets which is well received”.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Julian Murphy on 9892 1111 or email [email protected].

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