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: Officer to oversee live export welfare (Kuwait)
: Export News Tasmania May 16, 2013, 11:06:04 PM
Sheep exporters to Kuwait will be  required to employ supply chain officers after a federal government  investigation into the slaughter of animals in a banned meat  market. 

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)  investigation followed the airing of Animals Australia footage last  year, which showed sheep being cruelly slaughtered in the Al Rai  Market in Kuwait City.

Released on Thursday, DAFF's report found that it was highly  likely the sheep were exported from Australia under the Exporter  Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

However, the sheep filmed by Animals Australia were sold and  slaughtered outside of an approved supply chain, in breach of the  ESCAS, it said.

'The investigation also found that there is evidence of  international animal welfare standard breaches,' a statement from  DAFF said.
The department said three exporters had approval to export sheep  to Kuwait, 'however it was not possible to fully identify the sheep  to a particular property, consignment or exporter based on the  photos and footage provided'.

The three exporters - Emmanuel Exports Pty Ltd, International  Livestock Export Pty Ltd and EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd - have now  been directed to toughen their scrutiny of future sheep  consignments to Kuwait.

Supply chain officers must be employed to ensure animals remain  within approved supply chains, while an independent auditor will be  required to assess their performance.

DAFF will also have to be supplied with monthly reports on  'reconciliation activities' conducted by the supply chain officers.


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