Ian Blayney calls on WA Government to investigate 2017 animal cruelty videos
Shadow Agriculture Minister Ian Blayney has urged the State Government to immediately investigate whether 2017 animal cruelty videos from live export ship Awassi Express were faked to force backlash against the State’s live export trade.
Mr Blayney, the Liberal member for Geraldton, insisted on a swift independent inquiry.
“Given that Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan is a long-time vocal opponent of the live export sector and seized on the Awassi Express images to further her campaign to phase out live exports, the State Government must immediately establish if the images were actually a propaganda exercise,” he said.
“The actions of workers on board the Awassi Express and any connections between those workers and Animals Australia must be the subject of a government investigation.
Today, State paper The West Australian reported claims that ship workers were paid for footage that showcased dead or dying animals.
According to The West, workers offered to cut ventilation to get money, but Animals Australia strongly discouraged them from from doing so.
Animals Australia has also previously stated it had not paid for the vision aired by 60 Minutes.
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