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Indonesian slaughterhouse under investigation for allegedly breaching welfare
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 09:45:44 AM »
Abattoir under investigation.   

THE Gillard government is investigating another potential breach of its animal welfare guidelines in Indonesia, after allegations that Australian cattle were slaughtered outside an accredited abattoir. 

Animals Australia lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry this month after their local investigator witnessed a truckload of Australian cattle being slaughtered using traditional roping methods at Cibinong abattoir at West Java on September 28.

"(The investigator) advised that Meat and Livestock Australia representatives were onsite conducting an assessment at the time but were powerless to stop the Australian animals being slaughtered using traditional roping methods," Animals Australia spokeswoman Lisa Chalk said last night.

"This is the third breach of the new live export rules uncovered by Animals Australia this year. It is obviously concerning that this incident was not reported to the department immediately by MLA and that it has again taken a small charity to be the watchdog of this multi-million government endorsed industry."

MLA general manager of trade and economic services, Peter Barnard, told a Senate committee hearing last night in Canberra that MLA staff had been at the abattoir but he was unsure on whether they had been there on September 28.       

"I am aware of the allegations that have been made of breaches at Cibinong . . . and the alleged breach is under investigation by DAFF," he said.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said this latest alleged incident just showed the animal welfare protections put in place by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig were not working.

"These breaches will continue to occur and it's clear that the minister is not taking the breaches seriously," she said.

Senator Rhiannon said the hearing also revealed there had been delays in the investigation into the culling of 21,000 sheep in Pakistan last month, with the department only writing to exporter Wellards to request information on Monday.

"The minister gave a guarantee a month ago that the investigation was going to occur -- it only started this week," she said. "The delay is unacceptable."

Departmental officials also told the hearing that independent tests in London later cleared the sheep of any disease and admitted the exporter "did lose control" of the supply chain in Pakistan.