Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has travelled to Israel to fight a proposed ban of live exports from Australia.
The Israeli Parliament will soon consider a move to cease live trade, which has long been a contentious issue in that country.
Australia maintains a ban would not be good for Israeli consumers and has suggested other alternatives.
Mr Littleproud says Australia is the only country in the world which has standards which monitor animal welfare right through the live export supply chain. The Australian Standard for the Export of Livestock enforces animal welfare from farm to vessel.
The Export Supply Chain Assurance System enforces standards from offloading to slaughter, including through feedlot and abattoir facilities overseas which receive Australian livestock.
Serious about animal welfare
The exporter supply chains need to be approved by the independent regulator. It is the leading model for the export of livestock.
“The live trade can be done by the right people, the right way,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Australian Government has long been serious about animal welfare.
Mr Littleproud says the changes introduced following a recent extensive review of live exports demonstrates Australia’s commitment to animal welfare.
“Those changes include reduced stocking densities and independent observers on every boat supplying the truth of what happens on those voyages, and proof of it,” he said.
“The live sheep trade is important to our farmers, particularly our West Australian farmers.”
Mr Littleproud said it is important to meet with Israeli officials to represent the interests of farmers.