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Re: Can Gillard and Glyde be in a parallel universe?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 07:28:51 PM »
EXPORTER employed and paid 'animal welfare officers? Yeah, right. And these two exporters could well be part of the compensation class action over the last ban.

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Welfare officers to watch cattle slaughter overseas.
 
 TWO Australian cattle exporters will have to ensure an animal welfare officer is present when their livestock are slaughtered overseas, after breaches of Australian humane standards were discovered.

Australia adopted the standards after ABC Television aired footage last June of animals being treated inhumanely at slaughterhouses in Indonesia.

Exporters are now required to track the movement of livestock from paddocks to approved abattoirs to ensure the animals are not mistreated.

But footage by Animals Australia in January showed cattle still being mistreated at four Indonesian slaughterhouses, two of which had been approved under the government's welfare system.

The Federal Agricultural Department found the two approved abattoirs were processing Australian cattle.

Exporters International Livestock Exports and North Australian Cattle Company have since been found guilty of 37 breaches of animal welfare standards.

The breaches were not deemed serious enough for the exporters to lose their licences, but they will be required to stop using the abattoirs identified in the footage and have an animal welfare officer present at other abattoirs they use.

They will also be subject to tighter controls and auditing through the supply chain, the department's deputy secretary Phillip Glyde told AAP on Friday.

Australian Greens' animal welfare spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon said the government's attempt to clean up the live exports trade had failed.

"This failure further highlights that the only way to end the cruel practices these animals are subjected to is by banning the live export trade,'' she said in a statement.

Mr Glyde disagreed.

"Unlike this time last year, we've now got a system where there is a lot of scrutiny going on, all through the supply chain,'' he said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard also defended the system, while denying the recent breach had only come to light because of the Animals Australia footage.

"The system is monitored and there are auditors,'' she told reporters in Darwin.

"When abuses are identified, then people pay the price for those abuses because we now know, because of the tracking system, where animals come from, who has been responsible for exporting them, where they are being slaughtered, and we are able to see the conditions under which they are being slaughtered.''

Animals Australia criticised the system for relying on audits of abattoirs paid for by exporters.

Mr Glyde said it was the only option, because the Australian government couldn't insist on other countries having regulators.

"We require the exporter to come up with an independent audit because there is no other way we can do it,'' he said.

Auditors could lose accreditation if they provided false reports, he added.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/welfare-officers-to-watch-cattle-slaughter-overseas/story-fn7x8me2-1226360538758
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