The Coalition Government condemns cruelty to animals and takes animal welfare very seriously.
Australia requires levels of animal welfare much higher than other countries do through the live export supply chain.
Sustainable live export trade is an important contributor to jobs in rural communities across Australia. It gives cattle sheep and goat producers and their families vital extra options for sale.
Of more than 100 live exporting countries Australia is the only one that requires World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) welfare standards to be met as a minimum for exported livestock.
Live exports of Australian sheep and cattle helps build relationships in our region and the Middle East – these countries value Australia as a reliable supplier of quality fresh meat and breeding stock.