RSPCA seriously concerned about 'sanitised' live export observer reports

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RSPCA seriously concerned about 'sanitised' live export observer reports

24 July 2019
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Concerns come as Senate calls for release of dozens of outstanding independent observer reports

The Senate has called on the Department of Agriculture to release dozens of outstanding reports from independent observers on live export ships, more than a year after some of those voyages have ended.

The calls comes amid concern from the RSPCA the department is presenting a “sanitised” account of the voyages in some of the summarised reports.

The Coalition introduced the requirement for independent observers on live export ships in April last year, after whistleblower footage of a ship taking sheep from Australia to the Middle East showed sheep suffering from extreme heat stress.