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Exporter claims cattle cruelty is an isolated incident
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 06:57:53 PM »
The most recent footage of Australian cattle being mistreated in an Indonesian abattoir was an isolated case, says the head of a major competitor of the company responsible for the animals.

The group responsible for the cattle being mistreated in the latest footage has been identified as International Livestock Exports, which is part of the Western Australian business Emanuel Exports.

Sid Parker from South East Asian Livestock Services says the industry has changed since the suspension on live exports last year, but it will take time to train workers in Indonesia on animal welfare standards.

"It could have happened to any of the companies that export cattle out of Australia I guess, it just happened to be ILE," he says.

"Everything is improving week by week but you can't train people overnight to do these things.

"It takes months and months to train people to make sure of the welfare of the cattle and make sure security's right."

Mr Parker says the recent video of animal cruelty in a Sydney abattoir shows even a country with high animal welfare standards can still make mistakes.

"We can't be 100 per cent sure it's not happening in Australia where we've got everything under control and have been trying to do the right thing for many, many years.

"So we can't expect everything to go right up there in six months."