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Re: Exporters upset about mistreatment of breeder cattle in Qatar
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 11:03:49 PM »
How hopelessly disingenuous ...

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Exporters upset about mistreatment of breeder cattle in Qatar
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 11:01:00 PM »
The Australian Live Exporters' Council (ALEC) says it's appalling that Australian cattle sent to a farm in Qatar were not provided with adequate food, water and shelter. ABC TV's 7.30 reported that Australian dairy cattle, which were exported for breeding purposes, were left unfed and in sheds in soaring temperatures.

 Breeder cattle exports are not covered by the Government's ESCAS welfare system, which applies to animals destined for meat markets.
 In a statement, ALEC says the poor husbandry practices seen in the pictures are not typical of the treatment received by Australian breeder cattle that are exported to the Middle East. And ALEC says that countries that are signatories to international welfare guidelines should make sure those are implemented.

 Industry has encouraged the government of Qatar to investigate the case, and is encouraging the Department of Agriculture (DAFF) to provide that investigation with any information they have received. Industry says it is working with DAFF to develop a policy for breeder cattle exports in line with the Farmer Inquiry into the live export sector.

 DAFF's deputy secretary, Phillip Glyde, says this is the first time the Department has seen evidence of the mistreatment of cattle exported for breeding purposes.

 He says DAFF was first made aware of the case by the animal handler on the 6th of September, and then on Monday this week, DAFF was provided with footage and photos, as well as analysis, from the RSPCA. Mr Glyde says DAFF is investigating the circumstances surrounding the case.

 "We are looking at it in two aspects: firstly, the RSPCA suggest that there were some breaches of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock. They've suggested that some of the cows were too pregnant to have been exported, so we'll look at that.

 "Secondly, we're reviewing the circumstances of the animals in Qatar. We don't have regulatory control over the animals as soon as they walk off the vessel into the other country, so we're looking at what we might need to do there in trying to get some facts on the circumstances in Qatar."

 The Farmer Review of Australia's live export industry, launched after images emerged of cattle being abused in Indonesian abattoirs last year, recommended that the Government look at whether the regulation and oversight of Australian cattle exported overseas for slaughter should be extended to breeder livestock exports as well.

 Mr Glyde says that's a complicated and costly concept, but in the meantime, Australia is also what it can to encourage improved animal welfare standards around the world.

 The Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig will be presented with the results of the DAFF review before the end of the year. Senator Ludwig has indicated that he sees a need for greater oversight to ensure the welfare of Australia's breeder exports.

 "One of the recommendations of the Farmer Review was how we articulate an approach to the question of whether there is a need for any additional conditions for the export trade in breeder livestock; I think the answer to that is yes," he told ABC Rural.

 "I think everyone recognises that if we export animals, we should have a way of ensuring animal welfare."

 "The industry itself recognises, as does Farmer, that we need to decide on whether we have additional conditions for the export of trade. So we can, at the point of export, ask for additional conditions, but what I've asked is that the industry and government work together to see what we can reasonably do, because everyone would expect that we had looked to see how we could manage animal welfare.

 "They certainly wouldn't expect me to simply say it's too hard."

 Australian breeding stock exports have been in the news for a couple of reasons in the past few weeks.

 Last week, it emerged that Indonesian authorities did not immediately release a shipment of Australian breeder cattle to the Indonesian importer, not for welfare reasons, but because of concerns over the pedigree of the animals.

 The suggestion was that the authorities were concerned that the importer may be trying to circumvent the new ESCAS welfare system, where the livestock are destined for the meat market.

 The Australian Government does not currently certify the pedigree of livestock for export, but Mr Glyde says DAFF has no reason to be concerned that Australian exports are trying to get around the system by sending meat cattle in as breeders.

 "We're very confident that the exporters and importers are following the rules.


 "I think the recent incidents that we've had in Indonesia, the demonstration of the capacity of the Government to act to penalise and to put extra conditions on the exporters who don't follow the rules, we think that has been more than enough to be very clear to both the importers and the exporters that any breaches of the ESCAS will be dealt with expeditiously."

By Anna Vidot
 Wednesday, 19/09/2012

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201209/s3593402.htm
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