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: Video of "systemic and routine abuse'' of cattle in Egypt. 3.5.2013
: WA Export News May 03, 2013, 11:43:43 PM
Videos of cattle abuse halt live exports to Egypt. 

THE live export industry has suspended trade with Egypt after videos of brutal treatment of Australian cattle have emerged.

 
Animals Australia captured video of "systemic and routine abuse'' of cattle at the only two Egyptian abattoirs accredited to kill Australian cattle.

The Australian government suspended trade with Egypt in 2006 and only lifted the ban after assurances from the Egyptian government that cattle would not be abused.
 

      (http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2013/01/31/1226566/249960-cattle-ready-for-export.jpg)   The Australian Government and Egyptian regulators have launched an investigation into the new alleged acts of cruelty against cattle.   Source: Northern Territory News

Both the Australian Government and Egyptian regulators have launched an investigation into the new alleged acts of cruelty.

But animal campaigners now have grave fears for the 3000 Australian cattle awaiting slaughter in Egypt.

Industry body the Australian Livestock Exporters Council said the new videos showed such "unconscionable cruelty'' that they would voluntarily suspend exports until Egypt's practices improved.

Industry spokeswoman Alison Penfold said she was "distraught'' at the "horrific treatment'' of the cattle.

She said the videos, which have not been made public, showed "cruel and clumsy'' emergency slaughter of an injured animal and appalling slaughter practices.

"We completely support and will assist the fullest possible investigations in both countries of how these events could be possible, and how to stop a repeat of this behaviour,'' she said.

Ms Penfold said it appeared the cattle in the videos came from Australia last July.

The footage has been handed to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Animals Australia communication director Lisa Chalk said sending live animals back to Egypt was a recipe for disaster given the country's animal abuse record.

"Australians will be shocked and outraged to learn that Australian cattle have continued to be supplied to brutal treatment in Egypt. Once again, assurances provided to the public have proven to be blatantly false,'' Ms Chalk said.

"Sending live animals back into a country that has previously exhibited its disregard and disinterest for the welfare of animals was a recipe for a further disaster.

"Tragically, the Government now has evidence that this has occurred and the public will demand that Australian animals are never put at such risk again.''http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/videos-of-cattle-abuse-halt-live-exports-to-egypt/story-e6frg6n6-1226634984156 (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/videos-of-cattle-abuse-halt-live-exports-to-egypt/story-e6frg6n6-1226634984156)