The Moss Review into the live export trade has been released, aiming to reset the live export industry’s standards and restore its reputation.
The Government has accepted all 31 of its recommendations which to strengthen community confidence in live export regulation.
The review, which was ordered by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud, looked into the culture, capability and investigative capacity of the live export regulator.
The Report concludes that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (which oversees the industry) was lacking in multiple areas. This included the Department’s approach to the policing of licences and reporting of incidents.
National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said the footage and practices which led to this review were categorically unacceptable to farmers and the community and warranted a decisive response.
“The Moss Review has found that the regulatory capability, powers, practices and culture of the Department need significant change to assure the Australian community that our high standards can be met,” she said.
Mr Littleproud said the culture and the history of the live export industry will be reset, and Australia’s reputation for high animal welfare standards will be restored following the completion of the Moss Review.
“Australians need to be confident the independent regulator of the live export industry will hold the industry to account. It was clear we needed an independent inquiry into the culture and capability of the regulator,” Mr Littleproud said.
Today I reset the live export industry to make it sustainable.
Key recommendations of the review
- An external, independent Inspector General of Live Animal Exports who will oversee the Department’s regulation of live export and report to the public and the Minister
- A Principal Regulatory Officer within the Department to improve regulatory practice, compliance and its culture as regulator
- The re-establishment of an animal welfare branch within the Department and the development of animal welfare indicators to be used as part of compliance systems
- The department develop a system ensuring any issues and concerns raised by staff members about live exports are addressed in a transparent and timely manner.
The National Farmers’ Federation welcomed the Federal Government’s support for the Moss Review recommendations but noted that it’s vital that implementation occurs in partnership with the broader agriculture industry – driven by a culture of continuous and science-based improvement.
“The regulator must demonstrate that there are processes and systems in place to prevent mistreatment of animals, which is what both farmers and the community expect,” Ms Simson said.