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Live export assurances are meaningless. By Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 10:49:10 PM »
Live export assurances are meaningless.

 The Federal Government would have us believe that all is well within the live export trade, yet nothing could be further from the truth, say animal advocates. Animals sent on live exports are not even protected from abuse before they even leave Australia.


Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty has uncovered what it alleges is serious and egregious non-compliance at all levels within the live export industry, including veterinarians in the performance of their duties in the trade.

StopTAC has lodged several formal complaints with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and with the Veterinary Surgeons’ Boards in South Australia and Western Australia. (,7585.0.html)

The complaints to the Veterinary Surgeons’ Boards refer to a Victorian veterinarian allegedly practising in South Australia last August, when he was not registered with the SA Registration Board, nor was he accredited by AQIS to practice within the live export trade in South Australia. The complaint further alleges that the standard of the veterinarian’s conduct was below the standard expected by the community, insofar as sheep who were likely to be suffering from, or carriers of, Salmonella being loaded for export on the M/V Al Messilah and the M/V Al Shuwaikh last August and September.
The complaints in Western Australia relate to sheep clearly suffering from clinical eye diseases, including the painful and highly contagious keratoconjunctivitis being sent to the port of Fremantle for loading on the M/V Bader III, and a separate complaint focuses on truckloads of sheep transported to, and left on trucks on the wharf for an extended period in 43 degree heat. Photographs and film footage show the sheep gasping for air. Transporting animals in a manner that is likely to cause pain and suffering is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA).
Heat stress: on trucks in temperatures of more than 42 degrees. Sheep pant when they are severely stressed, exposing them to greater danger of salmonella and other trauma. Sheep are denied water for a lengthy period prior to being transported too.
‘We believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg’, sand Suzanne Cass. ‘These complaints, plus a further one we have submitted, clearly demonstrate that Australia does not comply with the lowest common denominator, the OIE codes, as the Federal Government would have us believe. Moreover, the live export industry does not comply with its own standards (the Australian Standard for the Export of Livestock V2.3), and the veterinarians are so compromised by their pecuniary interest, and wider conflict of interest, that they are clearly working outside their own oath’.

A further complaint has been sent to DAFF and the Australian Livestock Transporters’ Association in relation to the use of electric goads on sheep.

‘The OIE ode for Terrestrial Animals expressly proscribes the use of these painful shock devices on sheep and goats’, said Ms Cass. ‘Yet our photographic and film evidence shows transporters using them gratuitously and indiscriminately, including on the animals’ faces and ano-genital regions. The animals can clearly be seen reeling from the painful shocks, and worse, on the top decks of the transports, the animals can easily jump off or fall off trying to escape the pain’.
Despite the fact that 84% of Australians have clearly stated that this trade should be ended on cruelty grounds, the government’s approach has been to find a way – any way – for it to continue. All the countries to which Australia exports live animals are signatories to the rudimentary OIE standards, yet routinely ignore them. And all those countries also import frozen meat from Australia in a trade worth many times more than the trade in live animals is worth.

‘This trade provides a rich benefit for the few, on the back of the terrible suffering of the animals’, concluded Ms Cass.

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Suzanne Cass, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty,
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