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: Cruel live export trade with the Middle East could come to a halt. 23.1.2012
: WA Export News January 24, 2012, 08:24:23 AM
New rules threat to livestock exporters.

  One of the nation's biggest sheep and cattle exporters has warned that the $200 million-a-year trade with the Middle East could come to a halt within weeks because of the Gillard Government's new live trade guidelines.

In a leaked email to other exporters and industry figures, Graham Daws, of the WA company Emanuel Exports, claimed the future of the industry was in jeopardy thanks to rules put in place by the Government in the wake of revelations about cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs.

"The regulators are not listening and the Gulf markets being all the major sheep importers will STOP as of 1st March and we will have another Indonesian debacle on our hands as producers, industry service providers, exporters and all industry associated businesses come to a grinding halt," Mr Daws wrote in the email.

The next few weeks are among the most crucial of the year for the live sheep industry, with some of the biggest shipments to key markets such as Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

Under new regulations aimed at ensuring Australian livestock is treated humanely by importing countries, exporters must provide the Government details of where and how the sheep and cattle are processed once they are offloaded.

But the live export industry admits it often has only limited knowledge of what happens to the animals at some Middle Eastern ports and companies are now scrambling to gather information so shipments can be approved by Australian regulators.

Exporters have complained the Government has given them only limited assistance in explaining the new rules to Gulf countries.

They say Australian bureaucrats who travelled to the Middle East failed to take copies of the new regulations printed in Arabic.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig will go to the Middle East this week to attempt to explain the Government's new live export policies to customer countries.

Lyn White, of welfare group Animals Australia, said the leaked email proved many exporters had little knowledge or care for what happened to their animals once unloaded.

NICK BUTTERLY CANBERRA, The West Australian January 23, 2012, (
: Re: Cruel live export trade with the Middle East could come to a halt. 23.1.2012
: WA Export News January 24, 2012, 08:29:29 AM
Its interesting that the media have finally stated the facts. This trade is worth just 200 million.

Usually the media push the industry PR claptrap that its worth 900 million.
: Re: Cruel live export trade with the Middle East could come to a halt. 23.1.2012
: Export News Tasmania January 25, 2012, 04:08:15 PM
Always good at hiding the truth, as especially is the government. How good are Ludwig's reforms when AUSTRALIA does not even comply with OIE codes? Union officials and farmers should be banned from politics. It's also interesting to see Graham Daws (Emanuel Exports) leading the charge to escape any sort of regulation or accountability - remember the Al Kuwait case? It was Emanuels which owned the sheep on the broken down Al Messilah in Adelaide, and instead of processing them here after the survivors were unloaded, had them re-loaded onto the Al Messilah and Al Shuwaikh - making their total transit time up to seven weeks. Disgraceful. As for the exporters not knowing what happens to the animals in importing countries, what have the been doing with the massive taxpayer largesse they have been receiving for decades for this? It runs into MULTI MILLIONS, with more to come. SHAME on all politicians who continue to support this trade, vote them out, every last one. All the lies and smoke and mirrors won't save them now.