PRESS RELEASE: Statement by Animals Australia on Federal Court live export challenge

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On JUN 15, 2020

Statement by Animals Australia on Federal Court live export challenge 

Animals Australia has filed an urgent application in the Federal Court seeking to challenge the decision by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to grant permission to Rural Export Trading (WA) Pty Ltd to export sheep to the Middle East after the 1 June 2020 prohibition period. Animals Australia says that the decision was unlawful on the basis that the Secretary was obliged to afford Animals Australia an opportunity to be heard in relation to that application — that is, the Secretary had to give Animals Australia procedural fairness — but did not.

Quotes attributable to Lyn White, Animals Australia.

"This decision required the deepest consideration of its animal welfare implications. Had Animals Australia or the RSPCA been given the chance to make submissions in relation to this issue and others raised by the exemption application, the regulator's decision may have been different.

There is dismay and shock in the Australian community at the granting of this exemption. The intent of this new regulation prohibiting shipments into the Northern summer was to protect sheep from ever enduring again the type of distress and suffering so evident in the vision that aired in 2018.

On that basis, and on behalf of the 50,000 sheep subject to this exemption, it is highly appropriate that we challenge this decision to grant an exemption in the Federal Court.

Conclusions reached by the regulator in support of granting an exemption suggest a lack of awareness of a range of pertinent information such as the ownership of the exporter by the Kuwaiti importer — matters that Animals Australia could have assisted with had we been given the opportunity."

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