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Egypt plans to cut off the ears of AU cattle. 6.11.2012
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012, 11:42:34 PM »
Scheme to lop ears from live cattle in hormone scare sparks export halt calls.  AUSTRALIAN cattle exported to Egypt could have their ears chopped off before slaughter as part of the country's crackdown on hormone injections in animals, enraging animal activists.

The news from Egypt came as the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, called on her Pakistani counterpart, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, to hold an inquiry into the brutal culling of more than 20,000 Australian sheep in Karachi last month after authorities claimed they were diseased, despite independent tests showing otherwise.   

AUSTRALIAN cattle exported to Egypt could have their ears chopped off before slaughter as part of the country's crackdown on hormone injections in animals, enraging animal activists.

The news from Egypt came as the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, called on her Pakistani counterpart, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, to hold an inquiry into the brutal culling of more than 20,000 Australian sheep in Karachi last month after authorities claimed they were diseased, despite independent tests showing otherwise.

In Egypt, local media say a scientific committee has recommended  Australian cattle have their ears removed before slaughter, after the discovery of hormone growth promoters  in the ears of some animals.

Some Egyptian authorities are uncomfortable with HGPs, which has led to the delay in processing some  Australian cattle.

It is internationally recognised that the consumption of animals treated with HGPs does not present any public health risk and cattle farmers cannot sell meat or animals for human consumption in Australia or overseas unless they comply with national and international safety standards.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written to the Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig, urging him to ban all shipments to Egypt  as a result of the ear cutting reports.

On Tuesday night,  a Department of Agriculture spokesman said Australian officials in Egypt were seeking further advice from government authorities on any proposed action.  Senator Ludwig is in Vietnam and Thailand on a trade tour this week and was unavailable for comment.

At the Asia-Europe summit Mr Ashraf told Ms Gillard  Pakistan would hold an investigation into why Australian sheep were culled. ''[I was] very strong in raising those concerns and very clear this is something that has distressed the Australian people,'' Ms Gillard said.

ABC's Four Corners screened footage of the cull on Monday, which again prompted critics to call for an end to  live exports as well as the establishment of an independent office of animal welfare.

The industry defended new animal welfare rules, saying the incident was isolated and  that without Australian influence in foreign markets, welfare would go backwards.
 
Date November 7, 2012 
  Richard Willingham height=90
 Richard Willingham Richard Willingham is regional affairs correspondent

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