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Fresh calls for live animal export ban 12.12.2012
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 05:26:01 PM »
Fresh calls for live animal export ban

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.

Updated: 20:57, Wednesday December 12, 2012
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