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Re: The delusional Ludwig
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 05:21:45 PM »
Let's not forget that Ludwig's department (DAFF) has dismissed pretty well every complaint it has dealt with and has yet to conclude its investigations into the Bahrain/Pakistan incident (but watch Wellards get off that one because they 'self reported') and also Animals Australia's complaints about the Australian sheep at the brutal Al Rai Market in Kuwait - first filed last August and again at later dates. DAFF will most likely let this one go too, because ESCAS does not cover Egypt. Let's also not forget Egypt's 'form' with Australian animals. The Howard government suspended the trade years ago because of horror treatment of cattle (eye stabbing, tendon slashing amd worse), then on the very next shipment after the suspension was lifted, there was more abuse, this time of sheep on the Maysora. Then Minister McGauran demanded an explanation of the breaches of the TWO MoUs with Egypt and to this day, as far as anyone knows, the request was ignored by the Egyptians.
The industry has only done a 'voluntary' suspension because if it hadn't the government would have done it for them.

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The delusional Ludwig
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 05:13:51 PM »
Live exports have bright future: Ludwig 
  • THE live animal export industry has a bright future as long as animal welfare is maintained, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says.
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Live cattle exporters have suspended trade with Egypt following the new footage of animal cruelty. Source: AAP
     
The industry has voluntarily suspended cattle exports to Egypt while new footage of animal cruelty, taken by Animals Australia in October and April, is investigated.

Some 3000 Australian cattle remain in feed lots in Egypt.

The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council said one video showed "the vicious, cruel and clumsy emergency slaughter" of an injured cow.
"There's clearly an effort made to deal with an injured animal but by someone who's completely incompetent to do so," chief executive Alison Penfold told Sky News on Saturday.

Another video shows appalling practices during the regular slaughter process.

The footage implicates both of the only two abattoirs in Egypt accredited to slaughter Australian cattle.
Ms Penfold said she visited one of the abattoirs involved late last year and at that time was satisfied its practices met international standards.

"We want to get to the bottom and understand why there has been a breakdown so that we can ensure that it doesn't happen again," she said.

Animals Australia alerted the Agriculture Department to the videos on Wednesday and it is understood they will be released publicly on Monday.

A department spokeswoman told AAP the department was satisfied the footage did show Australian cows in Egyptian facilities, although it was still verifying this.

The department has contacted the Australian ambassador to Egypt and Egyptian authorities and is pleased with their co-operation so far.
Senator Ludwig said he was sickened by the footage and he could not "underestimate to the community how bad" it was.

But he had faith in the regulatory system put in place after a blanket live export suspension in 2011.
"Now we have a system where the community has confidence that 99 per cent of the animals that are sent overseas ... have a good animal welfare outcome," he told reporters on the Gold Coast.

"This trade is a good trade, it does have a bright future.

"It does have to, though, maintain animal welfare outcomes."

He could not say how long the latest investigation would take but promised to take whatever regulatory action was required to minimise animal welfare abuses.

Ms Penfold told AAP live cattle trading to Egypt was banned in 2006 after cruelty was discovered at the Bassateen abattoir.

One of the abattoirs shown in the footage was accredited to take Australian cows in 2008 and the other in 2011.

All the animals have to stay within a set geographical area - a different regulatory system from all other markets where Australia sends live animals.

Ms Penfold said one option to address the welfare issues could be to move to the regulatory system used in these other markets.
The Australian Greens said the latest evidence of brutality showed the government couldn't protect live exports.

"The government should admit that they cannot stop cruel practices in overseas countries and give certainty to the industry by expanding the trade in processed meat from Australia," animal welfare spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon said.
  • by: By Katina Curtis
  • From:  AAP 
  • May 04, 2013 4:17P
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/live-exports-to-egypt-suspended/story-fn3dxiwe-1226635115033
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