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Fresh calls for ban on live animal export December 12, 2012
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 04:19:57 PM »
    THERE are renewed calls for Australia's live export trade to be shut down after footage emerged showing cattle being mistreated in an overseas abattoir.
 
The footage aired on ABC television showed cows, purported to be from Australia, being repeatedly stung with electric prods in Israel's largest abattoir.

It also showed an injured cow being dragged along the floor by a rope tied to its leg and other cattle being moved as they bled to death.

The treatment has been condemned by the RSPCA in Australia, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), and the National Farmers' Federation.

Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie said the incident made a mockery of the federal government's attempts to clean up the embattled industry.

The live export trade does not have the support of the public and wasn't in the nation's interest, he added.

"It's way beyond time for the government to stop kowtowing to the industry and instead to start caring about animal welfare and public opinion," Mr Wilkie said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Effective safeguards must be put in place immediately and the trade stopped as soon as possible."

The Australian Greens' animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the government's new live exports regulatory system had failed to protect animals sent abroad.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig could no longer pretend that the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was working effectively, she added.

"No amount of independent auditing or calm words from the minister can mend a system that is fundamentally flawed," Senator Rhiannon said in a statement.

"Australia must make the transition away from live exports as soon as possible."

The Greens have been pushing for the live animal trade to be replaced by a domestic industry that processes and packages meat for export at new facilities in northern Australia.
  • From:  AAP 
  • December 12, 2012
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/fresh-calls-for-ban-on-live-animal-export/story-fn3dxiwe-1226535344129