Senior Nationals MP Darren Chester has urged against banning Australia’s live sheep export industry after a damning review revealed disastrous failings to stop animal cruelty.
Mr Chester said the industry was worth $250million and employed 3000 people.
‘‘If there was a ban on the live export of sheep, the flow-on impacts on the market would be dramatic,’’ Mr Chester said.
‘‘We’ve got to be very careful when we start talking about banning things — the impact on the economy would be quite significant.’’
A review of the trade by public sector integrity expert Philip Moss has recommended much stricter management of animal welfare. Several Liberal MPs have called for the trade to be scrapped altogether.