31 May 2011
Minister Ludwig this morning has asked for orders to be prepared that enforce the complete suspension of live animal exports to the facilities identified by the evidence gained by Animals Australia.
“I was provided with the footage by Animals Australia less than 24 hours ago. Last night I announced the Government’s initial response to the evidence from Animals Australia and the RSCPA aired on Four Corners last night,” Minister Ludwig said.
“I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities identified by the footage.
“These orders will strengthen the decision I took yesterday to conduct a full investigation into the footage provided.
“Further, I will appoint an independent reviewer to investigate the complete supply chain for live exports up to and including the point of slaughter.
“I reserve the right to add further facilities to the banned list, if required.”