Dec 5, 2011
Labor has rejected a move to phase out live exports at this weekend’s National Party Conference, but WSPA is encouraged by moves to support alternatives to the cruel trade.
At yesterday’s National Labor Party Conference in Sydney, MP Melissa Parke put forward an amendment asking delegates to support a four-year transition away from live export to a strengthened Australian chilled meat export trade – a move that would both protect Australian animals and promote Australian jobs.
The vote was so close that it was put to an official count, however sadly, support for the amendment fell just short with 173 votes for and 216 against.
WSPA Campaign Manager Jodie Jankevics said, “Whilst we’re disappointed Ms Parke's amendment didn't get through, we’re also very encouraged by Minister Ludwig’s move to create infrastructure that would support alternatives to the live export trade in the North.”
WSPA supporters’ efforts across the country throughour‘Move Forward’ campaignhave played a key role in raising awareness of the benefits of transitioning away from the live export trade with both the general public and importantly many key decision makers.
Since October, with the supportof more than 100 volunteer Captains and their teams, we havegenerated over 80 pieces of media coverage nationally, hadface-to-face meetings with almost 40 Labor representatives and union officials and collected over 11,000 new petition signatures.
It was all of this tremendous activity that helped make yesterday’s historic vote possible. Together we really have moved the debate around live exports forward and are now one step closer to ending this cruel and unnecessary trade.
On another positive note, Ms Parke also put forward an amendment this weekend calling for an Independent Commission of Animal Welfare, which was passed. WSPA would like to thank Ms Parke for all of her efforts to help improve animal welfare.
WSPA will continue to work with industry and Government to transition away from the live export trade to an alternative that protects animals from cruelty. With the start of a New Year just around the corner, we now have some new opportunities for change for animals that we can pursue - keep a look out for some exciting new initiatives in 2012!