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Cruel animal slaughter exposed again.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 05:58:14 AM »
 Another Perth-based live exporter is under Government investigation after footage emerged of Australian bulls being brutally slaughtered in Mauritius.

Video released by animal rights group Animals Australia shows the bulls being dragged head-first off trucks on to concrete and being kicked and trussed before having their throats slit in the street.

The animals are thought to have been exported by International Livestock Exports - a company already under investigation for alleged live export breaches in Kuwait.

The investigation comes as Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce signals his desire to water down live export rules put in place after the live export ban to Indonesia in 2011.
      Cruel animal slaughter  exposed againBrutal end: An Australian bull in  Mauritius. Picture: Animals Australia       

The WA Liberals are also set to vote on a motion at their State conference at the weekend to remove "red tape" from the live export system.

The Department of Agriculture confirmed it had received a complaint alleging breaches of the so-called exporter supply chain assurance system in Mauritius.

"Investigations take as long as needed to ensure a fair and accurate outcome is reached," a department spokesman  said.

"No regulatory system can eliminate the issues it has been put in place to guard against.

"What is important is how we address these incidents  and that exporters are held accountable."

Under the ESCAS system, exporters are required to show proof to the Government that animals they export will be killed according to international standards by the importer.

A breach of ESCAS can result in exporters being barred from sending animals into valuable markets.

Last month the department opened an investigation into the deaths of almost 50 prized stud cattle that suffocated on a flight to Kazakhstan.

The consignment was organised by WA-based company Livestock Shipping Services.

Animals Australia said the latest incident was evidence that the live export system should not be weakened.

"It is clear that without strong regulatory sanctions, exporters will not take their legal responsibility seriously," an Animals Australia spokeswoman said. Nick Butterly Canberra, The West

Australian Updated November 8, 2013,