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Re: Mixed opinions on live export ban anniversary
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012, 10:11:18 PM »
Whinge whinge whinge..

Their moaning and whinging about being down to their last million deeply offends those who are struggling to get by.

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Re: Mixed opinions on live export ban anniversary
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 02:57:24 PM »
Yes, they were so devastated by the cruelty that they still couldn't wait to get the cattle on the rustbuckets and send them anyway. The ESCAS system does nothing for animal welfare. All it does is provide for individual animals to be traced. It does nothing about how they are handled and slaughtered.


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Mixed opinions on live export ban anniversary
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 11:09:39 PM »
ANIMALS Australia has released a progress report outlining its various campaigns and subsequent changes to the live export industry during the past 12 months, which acknowledges significant improvements have been made in Indonesia.Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White blasted the industry less than a month ago, saying the “system … cannot and will not protect the welfare of Australian animals”.

However, the recent progress report says since the ban on live exports, “stunning has rapidly increased, with the majority of approved facilities in that country now stunning animals prior to slaughter”.

Animals Australia said its investigations in Indonesia prompted live exporters to be accountable for the animals they sold, with government regulations requiring full traceability and approved abattoirs to meet basic standards.

And while it said this was a good first step, the progress report stated “the new system has some serious shortcomings including the failure to require stunning and the lack of nightly, independent monitoring”.

Last Friday marked the 12-month anniversary of the ban on live exports to Indonesia.

The government regulations allow officials to identify supply chains, animals and exporters and investigate when the required standards are not met.

According to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the regulatory system has been rolled out to cover 75% of Australia’s live export markets, with 99% to be covered by the end of August.

DAFF hopes by the end of 2012, all markets will be covered.

Despite the complete overhaul of the live export industry in both Australia and Indonesia, Animals Australia says it is “not a matter of if but when Australia follows the lead of nations such as New Zealand — a country that has already stopped exporting live animals on the basis of unacceptable cruelty”.

While the industry continues to be scrutinised, Australian cattle producers remain unsure of their future and continue to struggle with the financial burden inflicted by the blanket ban.

On Friday, shadow agriculture and food security minister John Cobb met with cattle farmers and exporters in Broome, Western Australia.

After speaking with affected parties he said everyone was still struggling to get back on their feet since the industry was shut down.

“The coalition has tabled a motion in Parliament calling the government to account over the live export assistance package, which left many affected farmers in limbo due to ambiguous and confusing rules and poorly trained staff that meant many eligible participants were misinformed and missed out,” Cobb said.

“Minister Ludwig then failed to extend the program, pulling the rug out from under families and communities, which only further highlights the Gillard government’s ignorance of this important export industry and its role in the economic value, environmental protection and social cohesion of the north.”

The coalition is adamant the total suspension of the live cattle trade to Indonesia was the wrong decision and did nothing to help the animal welfare cause but instead crippled cattle producers, allied businesses and families.

Cobb said while the coalition supported the supply chain assurance system, its adoption in the Middle East confirmed it could have been implemented without the knee-jerk reaction of shutting down the entire trade.

“The knock-on effects continue to ripple across the Top End,” he said.

“The future for real estate, transport, indigenous employment and training, stock agencies, feed producers, rural contractors, local town suppliers and government department jobs remain uncertain as a result of the government’s horrendous decision a year ago.”

WAFarmers meat section president Jeff Murray fears many northern producers may never fully recover from the ban.

“The annual income lost through this period will never be retrieved,” he said.

“The losses felt by producers and small businesses are irreversible.”

He encouraged the general public to remember farmers and pastoralists were committed to animal welfare and were devastated by the images of animal cruelty depicted in the ABC’s Four Corners footage.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
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