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Live export trade 'will recover'
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 04:27:10 PM »
The former Australian ambassador to Indonesia, who recommended sweeping changes to the live export trade to improve animal welfare standards, has addressed pastoralists for the first time, saying they could expect public scrutiny for years but that their $1 billion industry would recover.

In a rare public address in Broome, Bill Farmer told PGA pastoral conference attendees it was "inconceivable" that Indonesia would be self sufficient in beef production by 2014 as it had pronounced and there would continue to be a huge demand for protein from Australia.

However, industry and government must work together to sustain the "sensitive" market in the wake of last year's crisis and improve its standards through an assured supply chain created by recommendations in his report, he said.

"I may be an optimist but I think the industry now is going to be securer than it was before that huge maelstrom last year," he said.

"While I don't underestimate the costs I'm really heartened that a sustained and strong industry, working with public support, can be part of the future of Australian agriculture."

The Federal Government must report to parliament in 2014 about how the new arrangements are working, with exporters expected to comply by the end of the year.

Among the recommendations are that animals must be slaughtered humanely and that an auditing and tracking system for live cattle exports to Indonesia should be extended to all markets overseas and cover other animal trades.

Mr Farmer told pastoralists the furore resulting from footage of animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs being aired on television last year demonstrated that the live export industry needed a social license to operate.

Making the new system work was crucial to the public accepting the trade, he said: "It's the price that has to be paid".

Mr Farmer said the government would remain highly susceptible to volatile public opinion and there were still "headaches" around Indonesia's import permit system.

However, he believed the balance between public opinion, animal welfare, prosperity of companies and individuals could be "achieved more happily in the future".

He said Indonesia was already expanding its use of stunning, even though it was not mandatory, and the new arrangements focused on individual supply chains, meaning the whole industry would not be stopped by issues that arose.

"Clearly, you can expect to remain the focus of attention by animal rights activists whose views and revelations will engage media and public attention it's not going to go away," he said.

"That means operating in ways to ensure, at minimum, the implementation of the OIE guidelines and new requirements there's an imperative for the industry to get its act right."


FLIP PRIOR, The West Australian May 6, 2012, 9:04 am

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/13612561/live-export-trade-will-recover/
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