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: AVA response to Four Corners story on Australian sheep in Pakistan
: WA Export News November 07, 2012, 09:18:30 PM
Australia’s peak veterinary organisation, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) strongly believes that the live export industry must be held to high standards to protect the health and welfare of animals exported for food.

President of the AVA, Ben Gardiner said the AVA was extremely disturbed by footage shown on last night’s episode of Four Corners.

“The AVA takes the welfare of animals and the need for humane slaughter very seriously. We recognise that Australia has contributed significantly to animal welfare improvements in many overseas countries, including through live export programs, and so a shocking incident such as occurred in Pakistan is a huge setback. Clearly something has gone very wrong.

“The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has the responsibility to investigate and we understand this is underway. We’re confident that the investigation will shed light on exactly what happened.”

“We want global improvements in animal welfare in line with guidelines established by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), with ongoing input from Australian government representatives on OIE.”

“The AVA wants to see importing countries meeting similar welfare standards as those in Australia. This includes using humane slaughter techniques like stunning. Australian exporters and authorities must work to promote these standards in importing countries.”

“Effective controls should be in place at all times to safeguard the welfare of exported animals. These include the accreditation of abattoirs, training of employees and an independent animal welfare auditing process.

"The AVA advocates that every live export shipment must be accompanied by an accredited shipboard veterinarian employed by the government, not the exporter,” Dr Gardiner said.

For further information and requests for interviews contact the AVA media office on (02) 9431 5062, 0439 628 898 or (

 The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is only the national association representing veterinarians in Australia. Founded in 1921, the AVA today represents 7500 members working in all areas of animal science, health and welfare.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

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: Re: AVA response to Four Corners story on Australian sheep in Pakistan
: Lyn November 08, 2012, 01:32:44 PM
I wish vets would boycott the livestock ships!
: Re: AVA response to Four Corners story on Australian sheep in Pakistan
: born_for_freedom November 08, 2012, 09:14:15 PM
I agree Lyn. My bet is they are vets that cant get a decent job anywhere else!