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Animals Australia wants to team up with the Cattle Council of Australia
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 09:53:39 AM »
Animals Australia in CCA push. 
LIVE export opponent Animals Australia wants to team up with the Cattle Council of Australia over animal welfare.

In a surprise move, Animals Australia has written to CCA asking for its support to improve live export animal welfare.In the letter, Animals Australia executive director Glenys Oogjes asked the peak cattle body for its
help in stopping the use of inversion slaughter boxes overseas.

But Ms Oogjes denied that the move was a softening of its live export stance.

"Live export will always involve unacceptable risks to animals (but) we must also advocate for and support better standards for animals while the trade continues," she said.

Ms Oogjes said the organisation still wanted to ban live exports, and supported Independent Member Andrew Wilkie's Private Member's Bill to phase out live export within five years.

In the meantime, Ms Oogjes said they wanted to work with industry to stop the use of full inversion boxes, now in use in Israel and Egypt.

Currently, an animal is inverted for slaughter - so it is upside down when its throat is cut - and this is accepted in the Export Supply Chain Assurance System.

The animal rights group had been lobbying the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for inversion slaughter boxes to be excluded from ESCAS, without success.

Ms Oogjes said Animals Australia was yet to receive a response from the CCA.

"Animals Australia is confident that many, if not all, within the cattle industry would share our concerns about the distress and suffering caused to animals by tipping them upside down for unstunned slaughter," she said.

The letter also asked CCA to lobby for the removal of inversion boxes at upcoming meetings of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The CCA said it had received the letter but declined to comment.

A spokeswoman said the council would discuss the Animals Australia approach in the next couple of weeks.

Fiona Myers |  June 13, 2013