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: Sheepmeat council whinging about welfare laws-want short cuts available.
: WA Export News September 03, 2012, 11:41:23 AM
Sheepmeat Council calls for review of new animal welfare system By Anna Vidot
 Monday, 03/09/2012

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia says the ESCAS animal welfare system is overly bureaucratic and should be reviewed.

The system was introduced to ensure animal welfare after the images of Australian cattle being abused in Indonesian abattoirs were shown on ABC-TV's Four Corners last year.
From this week, 99 per cent of Australia's export markets must comply with it.
The council's chief executive, Ron Cullen, says animal welfare is the top priority and oversight is important to ensure that happens.

But he says the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System is overly bureaucratic.
"Some of the checks and balances that have been put in there are checking and checking the balances of the balances rather than ensuring the welfare of animals," he said.
"People who've had a lot of experience in those marketplaces are saying 'I dont think this check is contributing to animal welfare, it's just another bit of paper that I have to tick off'.
"It would be good if we could say, 'is it possible for us to streamline this process?'."