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RSPCA blasts Canberra.

The RSPCA has accused the  Federal Government of trying to cover up a report that backs sweeping changes to the live animal  export industry.

A steering committee including industry leaders and WA's principal veterinary officer agreed on seven key measures to improve animal welfare and lower mortality rates on live export voyages.

The committee's review was completed a year ago but only made public this week after the RSPCA hounded Agriculture Minister  Barnaby Joyce and lodged a request  under the Freedom of Information Act.
 
 
    RSPCA blasts Canberra The West Australian 

Under the agreed changes, there would be new standards for voyages lasting more than 30 days, compulsory vaccination against bovine respiratory disease for all cattle on long-haul voyages, improved screening to prevent sick or injured animals being put on ships and  a clearer definition of legal responsibilities.

RSPCA chief scientist Bidda Jones said the failure to act on the review showed Canberra was not committed to improving animal welfare.

Australian Livestock Exporters Council chief executive Alison Penfold said that although some changes were agreed, many RSPCA proposals were unjustified.


  Brad Thompson The West Australian  May 22, 2014, 5:12 am



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