State and Federal MPs from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party in Western Australia have had a first-hand look at the live sheep loading processes for stock bound for the Middle East from Fremantle.
One Nation WA wanted to explore what goes on behind the scenes when livestock is transported thousands of miles across the sea from Fremantle to the Gulf. “
Like all Australians, I was disgusted to see the footage and photos from the treatment of sheep aboard the Awassi Express” Senator Georgiou said.
“It’s my duty as a Senator for Western Australia to get to the bottom of the issue and ensure that no animals are harmed in future and that our farmers and industry aren’t impacted unnecessarily” he added.
“My visit on board the Al Messilah with WA One Nation leader Colin Tincknell and One Nation MLC for Mining and Pastoral Robin Scott, was aimed at seeing how the sheep are handled, transported and processed from wharf to wharf” he said.
“There’s no doubt the industry has gone through massive change in the last 12-months which is aimed at improving the industry in all facets”. “
Our greatest concern right now is the prospect of a live sheep trade ban and what impact it could have on WA farmers” he added.
“The industry is worth up to 250-million dollars a year to the state economy and any impact on our farmers’ livelihood and on the economy is front and centre on our minds”.
The Senator said he had spoken to farmers and animal rights activists to get their opinions and stressed that One Nation has always been a party which listens and looks at all sides of the argument first before making any decision.
*Attached Photos: Senator Georgiou inspects sheep on board the Al Messilah*