Mr Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture, stated yesterday that "A truer measure of our commitment to exported animal welfare is that we apply a stronger regime of "whole of life" care for our feeder and slaughter export animals than we do in the domestic market."
Patently untrue. In every Australian jurisdiction there are sophisticated animal welfare laws which impose considerable responsibilities on owners and those in charge of animals. It doesn’t matter whether the animals have been “traded” or not when those animals are in Australia, cruelty is illegal thus our animals, when in Australia, essentially should get "whole of life care".
Looks like Mr Joyce has been having dinner with Mr Keogh!