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Since both Bowen and Ludwig both say that there are no guarantees that the cattle will be treated 'humanely', what was the point of the hugely expensive, taxpayer funded Senate Enquiry and the Farmer Review then the fanfare of thw ESCAS? Oh ... forgot, that was all to shut down the grief and outrage of the Australian community - none of it had anything to do with protecting the animals. Worst of all, the cattle that would have been sent to Indonesia are now being sent on longer horror voyages to the tender mercies of Turkey and Egypt and the like. These are the semi-wild Brahman (Bos Indicus) cattle who cope very poorly with such stressors, too.


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Another strategic response from this god awful trade. In their effort to please and make the Govt think they give a rats about welfare, they show themselves to be the exact opposite.

This article is about them looking like they are playing the part. (And pro export ABC go out of their way to provide pro export articles).  In the mean time they will look to other markets and again the animals will suffer- because these greedy bastards want $$$ at any cost.

As for Indonesia- I am so disinterested in what they think or want. They have shown themselves to be cruel and ignorant people - totally undeserving of any financial support from Australia.
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Cattle industry admits to export ban 'wake-up' - but STILL no guarantees
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 02:55:23 PM »
Cattle industry admits to export ban 'wake-up'  - Cattle producers say an animal cruelty scandal that saw Australia's live cattle trade to Indonesia suspended has dramatically improved industry safeguards.   

A year ago today, the Federal Government temporarily banned cattle exports to Indonesia after the ABC's Four Corners program aired footage of animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs.

Pastoralists are now required to track their animals from farm gate to slaughter.

Indonesian abattoirs must be also be accredited and audited.

Luke Bowen from the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association says while there is no guarantee the animals will be treated humanely, the change has been extraordinary.
"At least now we have a regulatory system that is there to test the system, and feed back and report back," he said.

"We can find where the problems are, when they occur from whatever means, they are identified and we can fix them."

The Cattle Council's David Inall says the suspension of trade was a wake-up call for the industry.

"There is no question that the Four Corners program was one of the catalysts for significant change," he said.

Mr Inall says pastoralists are now pushing for stability of the industry.

"The dialogue now with the Indonesian Government is really significant," he said.

"It is at a really important stage.

"While they talk self-sufficiency, we talk food security.

"We still believe that the export of cattle from Australia to Indonesia is a fantastic, fundamentally sound business arrangement and we can see that it can continue."

Less than half the money offered by the Federal Government to businesses hit by the export ban has been paid.

The Government offered $30 million in assistance to compensate the industry but the department overseeing the scheme says less than half that money has been claimed.

Instead, some producers are pursuing legal action, and one of the law firms involved says they are seeking more than $200 million in compensation.

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says he can't say what the bill might be.

"The best compensation this industry can have is a bright future, a supply chain in place and a market to send animals through," he said.

 Mr Ludwig says Australia is exploring other markets for cattle because of Indonesia's plans for beef self-sufficiency.

He says the Government is also trying to make Indonesia more open to importing more cattle.

"I have recently been talking to the Indonesian Government about ensuring that there is some flexibility there," he said.

"What we do also recognise is that it is a sovereign country, it does make independent decisions.

"We are looking to other markets: Egypt, Turkey and many others to provide an outlet for our cattle."

Mr Ludwig says the Government will continue to push for the stunning of cattle before slaughter to be more widely used at overseas abattoirs.

The NT Cattlemen's Association's Luke Bowen says he was disappointed by an unexpected reaction to the export bans.

He says he was disgusted by the racism shown by some Australians when the animal cruelty scandal broke.

Mr Bowen says many people used the situation as an excuse to be completely racist, and it caused deep wounds in Indonesia that have not yet healed. 

"Indonesia was publicly shamed internationally and made to look vilified," he said.

"To be honest, Australians reacted very badly."

By Katrina Bolton and Myles Morgan
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