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Other (non-export) News / Japan kills 30 whales after ICC ruling
« Last post by WA Export News on June 14, 2014, 10:32:20 AM »
 Japan kills 30 whales after ICC ruling   AP  June 14, 2014, 5:46 am
   Japan has caught 30 whales in its first hunt since a court stopped it hunting in the Antarctic. PAA Japan has caught 30 whales in its first hunt since a court stopped it hunting in the Antarctic. 

Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic.

The Fisheries Agency on Friday said a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part of Japan's northwestern Pacific research hunt.

Another group of whalers is still at work in a more distant area of the Pacific.

The northwestern Pacific hunt is one of two research whaling programs that Japan has conducted since a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling.

In March, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program was not scientific as Japan had claimed and must stop.

Japan has suspended next season's Antarctic hunt but is seeking to revise and resume it.

During the 2013-14 season, Japan caught 251 minke whales in the Antarctic, or just a quarter of its target, and 224 others in the northern Pacific program.

Japan has slashed the Pacific catch target by nearly half - to about 210 - for this year.

The court said Japan's Antarctic research program produced little actual research and failed to explain why it needed to kill so many whales for the study.

The ruling left Japan the option of retooling its Antarctic program, but any new plan is likely to face intense scrutiny.

Live Export News Updates / Ship opens door to camel exports
« Last post by WA Export News on June 14, 2014, 10:29:05 AM »
   Australia is set to begin exporting thousands of live camels to the Middle East after one of Saudi Arabia's richest men invested tens of millions of dollars in a ship designed to open up the trade.

The ship, on its way to Fremantle after being launched in Singapore this week, features super-sized doorways and two decks designed for adult camels.

The businessman made the investment after picking up on international coverage of Australia shooting thousands of feral camels causing environmental damage in the outback. 
 Ship investment opens  door to camel exports  Export opportunity: Australian camels could be heading to the Middle East. Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian 

A local exporter said the camels could be exported from Broome, Fremantle and Adelaide as soon as they became available in sufficient numbers.

The Federal Government culled about 160,000 camels over four years as part of a $19 million program that ended last year.

The feral camel population was estimated at one million at the start of the cull, about 40 per cent of them on Aboriginal-controlled land.

International Livestock Export director Graham Daws said the trade in camels had been held back by the lack of a purpose-built vessel. "It is very exciting, especially for indigenous people," he said. "There is a whole new business there."

The man behind the venture, Hamood al Khalaf, has imported more than $1 billion worth of livestock over a long career.

He has spent $100 million converting the Awassi Express for sheep, cattle and camel exports and on associated infrastructure in Australia and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Khalaf will charter the vessel for sheep, cattle and camel shipments to the Middle East, pending a breakthrough agreement between Saudi Arabia  and Australian to reopen live exports.

  Brad Thompson The West Australian  June 14, 2014, 2:05 am

Live Export News Updates / Farmers face Arab trade boycott.
« Last post by WA Export News on June 13, 2014, 01:12:56 PM »
 WA farmers could be facing their biggest crisis since Labor's live export ban as Arab nations threaten to block Australian agricultural products amid complaints the Federal Government is pro-Israel.

About 20 ambassadors representing Islamic countries sought an emergency meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday to express their anger after Attorney-General George Brandis refused to call East Jerusalem "occupied".

The Arab League is set to debate the issue in Cairo this month, with some member states expected to call for a suspension of imports of Australian wheat and meat.

"Everything is open now for discussion," General Delegation of Palestine to Australia ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi said.

WA farmers last year exported $2 billion in wheat, of which more than a quarter went to Iraq, which is part of the Arab League.

The State also exported $400 million in barley with three league members - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE - among the biggest markets.

More than $3.5 billion in agricultural exports from Australia to league countries could be at risk from an outright ban.

"We have a very strong trade relationship with the Middle East and we will continue to ensure that this remains uninterrupted," Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said.

Under questioning during a Senate hearing last week, Senator Brandis repeatedly refused to say whether the Government recognised East Jerusalem as "occupied" by Israel. Instead, he said the term had "pejorative implications" that were "neither appropriate nor useful".

Almost all countries, including the US, recognise East Jerusalem as occupied by Israel under international law. East Jerusalem fell under Israeli control after the 1967 war. Islamic countries believe the change in language is part of a shift by the Abbott Government to give greater support to Israel.

Other countries not happy about the Government's change in language include Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran.

WAFarmers Federation president Dale Park said it seemed the Government did not understand the consequences of its change in policy.

"What the hell is going on," he said.

Asked why the Government had changed its policy, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: "The truth is they are disputed territories and let's try to ensure that disputes are resolved fairly to all as best we can in an imperfect world."

  Nick Butterly, Shane Wright and Andrew Probyn Canberra The West Australian  June 13, 2014, 2:20 am

Just because charges were dropped does not mean the slaughterhouse was squeaky clean. In fact, all it means is that the level of proof for a criminal prosecution was not met..doesnt mean abuse did not occur.
VIC to increase farmer protection against animal activists   

12 June, 2014 Aoife Boothroyd       

VIC to increase farmer protection against animal activistsAgriculture Minister Peter Walsh has said that he will be introducing legislation that will provide more protection for farmers against extreme animal rights activists.   

Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh has said that he will be introducing legislation before the Victorian state election that will provide more protection for farmers against extreme animal rights activists.

The coalition first committed to strengthen protection for farmers from trespassing animal activist groups in 2010. Walsh says that the election promise has not been forgotten and that the government will “have some more things to say around the right to farm”.

“A commitment is over four years and we will be sure to do something,” Walsh told The Weekly Times.

Peter Tuohey, president of the Victorian Farmers Federation backed Walsh’s comments, stating that activists “don’t have the right” to trespass on private property and take photos in a "misleading manner".

Colin Giles, co-owner of a Gippsland abattoir has claimed that his family suffered immense financial and emotional hardship from a state government investigation into animal cruelty charges in 2011 which were subsequently dropped last year.

Giles and his former quality assurance manager, James Rodwell, were set to face a number of charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after footage was released which allegedly depicted cruelty towards pigs during slaughter. Giles said that the accusations bought severe stress to his family as well as lost revenue, production and the closure of his abattoir.

Tuohey says that Giles’ case was a “prime example of someone coming in under deceptive circumstances to cause some mischief,” and that stronger laws could have prevented the closure of the business.

In contrast, animal welfare company Animals Australia said that the introduction of strict legislation such as the ag-gag laws in the US will only heighten the awareness of cruel practices.

“If anything can be learned from the US situation, it is that while animal cruelty continues, so will investigations to expose that cruelty,” Animal Australia’s legal counsel Shatha Hamade told The Weekly Times.

“The controversy relating to ag-gag laws in the US has only served to increase consumer awareness of cruel practices, exactly the opposite of what US industries were seeking through having these laws put in place.”
ACT kangaroo cull gets go ahead as Animal Liberation challenge is rejected

By  Carl Smith    11.6.2014
Canberra's annual kangaroo cull will go ahead after the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) rejected a challenge by an animal rights group.

The ACT Government had planned to begin killing 1,600 eastern grey kangaroos on eight nature reserves in early May in a bid to protect grassland from overgrazing.

But Animal Liberation lodged a challenge with ACAT arguing there was no scientific evidence to prove reducing kangaroo numbers helped the environment.

Today ACAT decided to uphold the Government's cull licence and ruled the cull could take place on all eight reserves.

It found Animal Liberation's application contained factual inaccuracies and presented some unqualified witnesses.

"This is the second consecutive year that ACAT has confirmed the scientific basis of the need to manage kangaroo numbers in our fragile reserves," ACT Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said.

"ACAT has emphatically agreed with the ACT Government.

"It's rejected the Animal Liberation case that would say there is no science, they've rejected the Animal Liberation case that would say that we operate unethically, they've rejected that animals are dealt with inappropriately."

It is not yet known how many roos will be killed because the cull season is limited to the winter months.

"Due to the reduction in the amount of time we now have to undertake the cull, we may not achieve the quota," Mr Iglesias said.

He said opposition to kangaroo culling was ideological and not evidenced-based.

"The numbers of kangaroos to be culled have been based on scientific kangaroo counts in each location," he said.

"This is then compared to what ACT Government ecologists establish as the sustainable carrying capacity for each area, taking into account the habitat requirements of grassland dependent animals and plants."

But Animal Liberation spokesperson Carolyn Drew said the group's case had resulted in some small wins.

"The kangaroos that are going to be killed in the coming days or coming weeks have had a bit more time to stay alive and enjoy themselves," she said.

"But on the other hand it really makes no difference to the Government in terms of their ability to kill the number of kangaroos. They've proved in the past they can do that within four to six weeks."

Ms Drew has denied that the ACAT hearing was just a way to delay the cull.

"A tribunal is a public area and it's about repeatedly trying to bring to the public arena the fact that the science that the Government is using is ideologically driven," she said.

This is the sixth year the roo cull has gone ahead despite various protests and legal challenges.

Last year a challenge by the Australian Society for Kangaroos was largely rejected, although the kill target was reduced.

Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Jerrabomberra Grassland West Nature Reserve, Kama Nature Reserve, Mount Painter Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve will be closed during the evening from Monday June 16 until Thursday July 31.

Mr Iglesias has warned people found within the closed nature reserves faced fines of up to $7,000.
Live Export News Updates / NZ Live Export Sheep in UK Vivisection Outrage
« Last post by WA Export News on June 11, 2014, 06:45:38 PM »
  Undercover footage of animal experiments using sheep exported from New Zealand has caused outrage in the UK.

Undercover footage obtained by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) exposed the reality of life in a vivisection laboratory for animals exported live from New Zealand.

The experiments carried out at Cambridge University in the UK involved the sheep having implants put into their brains to monitor brain activity while they suffered from symptoms like weight loss, disorientation and eyesight loss until they died or were killed.

The undercover investigation documented incidences of animal abuse by staff – one sheep had to be killed after her leg was broken by a staff member violently forcing her into a ‘crush cage’ to be weighed. Another sheep was left suffering in shocking conditions for days after her condition had reached the state where the researchers decided she had to be killed: she was nearly blind, suffering from severe weight loss and left lying in her own faeces.

Serious questions are being asked in the UK about the validity of the experiments and how the licences were granted and if the UK’s harm/benefit test was applied correctly. One of the UK researchers had also been previously caught carrying out animal experiments without a licence. This illegal experiment involved giving 200 mice doses of metamphetamine and exposing them to loud music to the point where they suffered seizures and died[1].

“The sheep exported to the UK have been bred in New Zealand to suffer from a condition that only mimics some of the abnormalities seen in people. There are significant differences between sheep and human brains, like there are between mice and sheep brains. Sheep are being used as mice didn’t work so now they are tinkering around with sheep in the hope that might work” said NZAVS spokesperson Stephen Manson.

“These experiments on sheep, similar ones of which are likely being carried out here at Lincoln and Otago Universities where researchers developed this model, will not produce results that can be safely and reliably extrapolated to people. Every day the evidence mounts that animal models do not predict human responses and that for effective treatments it is the actual disease in humans that researchers need to be looking at – not animals with similar symptoms that come from different causes. Five days ago the editorial of the British Medical Journal said exactly this.[2]” Mr Manson went on to say.

Cambridge University has said they will be investigating this matter and will take appropriate actions as required by their Home Office licence.

View the BUAV undercover footage to see what happens to animals exported live from New Zealand:

Mail Online article:

BUAV Investigations page:



ends Wednesday, 11 June 2014,  9:26 am

 Press Release: NZ Anti-Vivisection Society
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Owners of Jacksons Miniature Horses want Michael Martin John O’Connell prosecuted for animal cruelty over brutal killing of horses         
  • 14 hours ago June 10, 2014 11:55PM
      GRIM: Fifi, one of the miniature horses attacked. Picture: Supplied height=366   GRIM: Fifi, one of the miniature horses attacked. Picture: Supplied Source: News Limited

THE owners of six miniature horses brutally slain by a Victor Harbor man are making an impassioned plea to Premier Jay Weatherill to intervene to ensure animal cruelty charges against him are not dropped.

Legal sources have confirmed the move has been discussed following the man’s guilty plea to a charge of property damage — a fence and the six horses.

The man, Victor Harbor builder Michael Martin John O’Connell, 50, is still facing one count of aggravated serious criminal trespass and six counts of ill treating an animal to cause death or serious harm following last December’s incident.

In the shocking incident — which received worldwide coverage — six miniature show horses at Jacksons Miniature Horses were killed by having their throats slit.

The horses, two colts and four fillies, were found in a stable on the property, located between Finniss and Milang near Lake Alexandrina, owned by Julie Jackson and her husband Mel.

O’Connell, who had been contracted to undertake building work on the property, was arrested and charged by police a week after the attack following an overwhelming response from the public providing information.

He pleaded guilty to one count of property damage related to the incident in Adelaide Magistrates Court on May 20. He is due to plead to the remaining charges on June 17.

However, both legal and police sources have confirmed initial discussions have taken place in which consideration to dropping the remain charges was raised following that guilty plea.

A visibly upset Ms Jackson said she firmly believed each of the unresolved charges should proceed.

“I am disgusted this would even be considered,’’ she said.

“They did not die instantly. An expert opinion says they could have taken up to five minutes to die.

“I think if the charges are dropped or downgraded that would send the totally wrong message. There would be a public outcry.’’

Ms Jackson said she planned to personally appeal to both premier Jay Weatherill and Attorney-General John Rau and ask them to intervene to ensure no charges were withdrawn.

“I plan to write to both of them and plead with them not to let these charges be dropped or downgraded,’’ she said.

Ms Jackson said her family was still coming to terms with their loss because the slain horses were “part of our lives.’’ Her family had since sold the Clayton Bay property because of the incident.

“It is very, very difficult,” she said.

“We would never, ever use those stables again. We don’t even like going to the property.

“It is something we will never, ever get over.’’

Since December her family had received more than 7,000 messages of support from people around the world on their facebook site, Jacksons Miniature Horses.

“We have also had an enormous number of cards and letters from people offering messages of support,’’ she said.

“There have been a huge amount from South Australians, but also interstate, New Zealand, Malaysia and England.

“This has clearly resonated with animal lovers everywhere.’’

When asked to comment on the prospect of any remaining charges being dropped, a spokeswoman for Director of Public Prosecutions Adam Kimber, QC, said: “On behalf of the Director I advise that this Office has not made a decision to discontinue any of the charges to which Mr O’Connell has to date not entered a plea.’’

“Should such a decision be thought appropriate, the complainant will be given the opportunity to speak to a solicitor from this Office before any final decision is made,’’ the spokeswoman said.

Under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act the penalty for damaging a building or motor vehicle is 10 years jail and the maximum penalty for aggravated serious criminal trespass is five years jail.

The maximum penalty for anyone convicted of ill treating an animal to cause death or serious harm is a $50,000 fine or four years’ jail.


Faruk Kayar, deputy executive director of Namet, says the consumption of meat is very high in the Middle East, but the region is unable to produce enough to feed itself.

Faruk Kayar, deputy executive director of Namet, says the consumption of meat is very high in the Middle East, but the region is unable to produce enough to feed itself.

Sevim Songün Demirezen Sevim Songün Demirezen

One of Turkey’s leading red meat companies is prepared to export fresh meat to the regional countries, particularly to the Middle East, with its stock farm located in the southern part of the country.

Namet, a Turkish red meat production and processing company, plans to export fresh red meat to Middle Eastern countries to meet the demand for fresh and high-quality products in this market.

The company bought a livestock farm with the capacity for 23,000 animals in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa last year from Koç Holding with an investment of 15.5 million Turkish Liras and plans for this farm to be the key in opening up to foreign markets.

“The market in the Middle East is both geographically close to us and our palatal delights are similar. The consumption of meat is very large, but the production is low in this market. This is why we want to start our exports there first,” Faruk Kayar, deputy executive director of Namet, said in a recent press conference held in Şanlıurfa. “The people in the Middle East are fed up with frozen meat products.

Namet will make a difference by providing fresh meat to this market apart from a large variety of our other products,” said Kayar, a member of Kayar family, which has worked in the red meat business for four generations.

Kayar said they will use the advantage of the location of their livestock breeding farm in Şanlıurfa, in which they currently have 13,000 cattle. “We can deliver the fresh red meat, produced at the Şanlıurfa farm and carried in refrigerated trucks, to Jeddah in 46 hours,” Kayar told a group of reporters. The company has also the advantage of producing halal meat in the Muslim regions.

“Our goal is to export 50 percent of our total red meat production in the next two years. We have arranged our investments and growth plans on this goal,” said Kayar.

The company has another farm in the western province of Sakarya. Kayar said they are ready to take action to meet the red meat need in the domestic market by investing in their livestock farm in the province of Antalya after they start exporting to the foreign markets. Red meat consumption increased 28 percent in Turkey between 2010 and 2013, according to the Turkish statistics institute’s data.

Namet’s move to plan exports in the regional countries came after Bahrain-based alternative investment manager Investcorp invested in the company by acquiring a minority stake earlier this year. Namet was acquired in 2005 by members of the Kayar family, which has been involved in trading livestock since 1929.


Anti-cruelty crusader Lyn White made a Member of the Order of Australia in Queen’s Birthday Honour.
LYN White’s mission to stamp out animal cruelty began when she saw an image most of us have seen before — a photograph in a magazine of a bear jammed into a cage in China, its bile being drained for medicine.

Most of us simply turn that page, but Ms White couldn’t ignore the animal’s plight.

In fact, she hasn’t ignored any animal’s plight since, leading the crusade against cruel live animal exports and spotlighting factory farming.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
           Lyn White with her border collie Buddy height=366   Lyn White with her border collie Buddy Source: Supplied
In 2001 Ms White left a 22-year police career to become Australian director for Animals Asia Foundation. The work soon opened her eyes to cruel practices in this country, and in 2003 she took up an invitation from Animals Australia to the role she still holds, chief investigator and campaigns director.

The Mornington Peninsula resident exposed the realities of live animal exports through 26 investigations in the Middle East, Indonesia and Turkey.

Her 2011 investigation in Indonesia revealed routine abuse of Australian cattle in the country’s slaughterhouses and resulted in the suspension of trade and major changes to the industry’s operations.

Ms White said the AM honoured and validated animal protection work itself.

“For this I am thrilled. It is tremendous acknowledgment that as a society we now understand that we have an ethical duty of care towards our fellow species, and a responsibility to not just be human beings, but humane beings.”

Despite all the suffering she had witnessed, she still believed in people’s ability to become kinder and more ethical.

“For me, this work, is about encouraging us to become the best that we can be.”
  • Kathryn Powley 
  •   Herald Sun 
  • June 09, 2014 12:00AM
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