Federal politicians have used the first sitting weeks in 2013 to put animals firmly on the political agenda this election year.
It's been 18 months since Animals Australia's groundbreaking live export investigation in Indonesia which exposed terrible cruelty to Australian cattle and industry knowledge and complicity in cruel practices. Since then, the industry has been hit with sweeping reforms, Australians have rallied twice across the nation calling for an end to live export, and political support for the trade has dwindled as Animals Australia's investigations continue to expose cruelty.
Staunch advocates for change continue to use the Federal parliament as a platform to keep this issue front and centre of political debate.
In Canberra last week, Federal Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas, tabled a motion condemning the continuing cruel slaughter of Australian sheep at the Al Rai market in Kuwait, as exposed by Animals Australia.
His motion called for the "strongest possible penalties to be imposed immediately" and the urgent conclusion of all cruelty investigations still underway.