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Abattoir call to end live exports. The Australian 10.10.2012
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 11:44:08 AM »
 A MAJOR animal welfare organisation has called on the federal government to back the immediate construction of a massive meatworks in Australia's north to end the live cattle trade to Indonesia. 

The World Society for the Protection of Animals will today release a report showing that building one or two large abattoirs in northern Australia -- there are currently none north of a line drawn between Townsville and Perth -- would more than double profits for local cattlemen.

The report by independent economic consultants ACIL, commissioned by WSPA, found 1300 full-time jobs would be created if 400,000 head of cattle were slaughtered locally rather than being shipped live to Indonesian feedlots, adding $204 million a year to the northern Australian economy.

WSPA also joined with the Australian RSPCA in backing the delayed proposal by Australia's largest cattle and land company, AACo, to build an $80 million abattoir near Darwin.

WSPA live export trade campaign manager Jodie Jankevics said the new report deliberately focused on the economic advantages for cattle producers and local communities in switching to an industry centred on producing frozen and chilled "boxed" beef for export, rather than stressing the need to ban all live exports on animal welfare grounds only.

"We are saying that this a win-win situation; there are positive outcomes in encouraging abattoirs to be built in northern Australia for farmers, meat processors, the Australian economy, local jobs and for animals," Ms Jankevics said yesterday.

The lucrative live cattle trade to Indonesia was thrown in chaos last June when the Gillard government halted all live exports for five weeks after video footage showed animal cruelty at some Indonesia abattoirs.

Since the ban was lifted, the Indonesian government has cut contracts for Australian live cattle from an annual quota of 520,000 head to 283,000, leaving many northern cattlemen in perilous financial circumstances.

But the ACIL report found Indonesia, contrary to assumptions that it preferred to buy live cattle and slaughter them locally for fresh or "wet" local meat markets, had this year increased its purchases of processed frozen beef from Australia to avoid meat shortages.

  • by:  Sue Neales, Rural Reporter 
  • From:  The Australian 
  • October 10, 2012