CALLS to ban sheep live exports have come thick and fast since a 60 Minutes report aired on Sunday, including from Liberal MP Sussan Ley.
But Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said there would be no total ban – but there was no point complaining about the footage that wouldn't exist if the conditions on the boat were good for the sheep.
“We need a sustainable trade with good animal welfare outcomes – we need an industry which does not tolerate wrongdoing – we need an environment in which whistleblowers are comfortable coming forward,” he said.
“The live export trade is important for our farmers.
“It provides a floor in the market for older sheep and fills demand overseas for live sheep.
“A ban on the whole industry would only punish those who have done no wrong - both exporters and farmers.”