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: RSPCA wants public to have a say on live exports.
: WA Export News May 22, 2014, 01:47:06 PM
The RSPCA is calling on the Federal Government to act on recommendations of a report into Australia's live export standards.

A review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) was completed in May last year, but not made made public until this week, after the RSPCA lodged a freedom of information request.

The report endorses draft recommendations that list strict guiding principles for selection, transport and handling of livestock.

The RSPCA's chief scientist, Bidda Jones, wants the draft recommendations released for public consultation.

"We are exporting more animals to more places at the moment," Dr Jones said.

"If we want to have any confidence from the time that they are selected on farm to the time that they are offloaded off the vessel we need to make sure that the standards that are in place are as good as they can be.

"Now we can't say that at the moment because we know there's a draft sitting there that has better standards than we currently have and nobody is taking that up."

In a statement, the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, which was also part of the review committee, says any changes to the standards must be based on science.

The council's CEO Alison Penfold said some of the proposals put by the RSPCA would make the live export trade uneconomical or uncompetitive without benefiting animal welfare.

A spokesman for Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the department was considering the report as part of its efforts to improve the performance and efficiency of live animal exports.

ABC Rural  Cath McAloon
22.5.2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-22/nrn-rspca-report/5470714 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-22/nrn-rspca-report/5470714)