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Live export opponents offer CCTV on ships 3.6.2013
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 05:28:19 PM »
The welfare of Australian animals being exported for overseas slaughter would be under constant watch under a plan to install surveillance cameras on export ships and in foreign abattoirs.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written to the Australian Livestock Exporters Council offering to pay for cameras on export boats and approved international slaughterhouses in a bid to stamp out cruelty.

The trade has been plagued by frequent revelations of inhumane treatment of animals.

The group's director of campaigns, Jason Baker, wrote to the livestock council chief executive Alison Penfold with the offer to ''pay to install and monitor surveillance cameras on each ship that transports animals from Australia to be slaughtered overseas as well as in all the slaughterhouses approved by the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System''.

 Group director of PETA Jason Baker wants live footage of live exports.PETA group director Jason Baker wants live footage of live exports. Photo: AP

Under the  plan the footage would be available on the internet on a live stream.  He said video would also make it easier to identify and attend to animals that become sick or injured on board the ships.

''If there is nothing to hide, why not let the public see what life is like for animals on live-export ships?" Mr Baker wrote.

Ms Penfold said the matter was one for individual export supply chain participants. She said a focus on training and support was ''the best investment to changing practices and behaviours towards livestock and will deliver lasting improvements to animal welfare outcomes''.
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