Labor created a world class animal welfare system in the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS). ESCAS is an effective and strong system heralded by animal welfare bodies and other countries around the world. But the system cannot operate on its own. It is the responsibility of the Morrison Government to ensure compliance, and enforce appropriate sanctions where breaches are detected.
It is always distressing to learn about potential breaches of animal welfare standards. That is why the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources, Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, has written to the Agriculture Minister seeking his assurance the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme standards are being upheld, and query what steps the Department of Agriculture are taking to ensure compliance with animal welfare standards.
I encourage you to continue your engagement by writing to the Minister for Agriculture, Hon David Littleproud, on this issue. The Minister can be contacted by email at [email protected].
Labor will continue to work the farming sector, research organisations and animal welfare groups to ensure animal welfare is prioritised in Australia.