Craig Hill

Australia Live ExportsThe nation’s animal welfare regime will come under scrutiny in a government probe into the domestic livestock industry amid a continuing backlash against the $1 billion live-export trade and a backbench push for tougher rules for farmers, transport companies and abattoirs.

The Gillard government has called for tenders to review the formation of the animal welfare guidelines – which govern the handling, transport and slaughter of livestock around the country – and how they can be improved.

The investigation comes just weeks before the Labor caucus is presented with a model for a federal independent office of animal welfare to oversee the industry.

Tender documents seen by The Australian call for an organisation to conduct a three-month review of the standards development process, including identifying the strengths and weakness of the current model and providing better options.

“A number of concerns have been expressed about the current animal welfare standards…

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