Fri, 24 Jan 2014
AUSTRALIA – Six reports into animal handling have been released by the Department of Agriculture concluding that allegations of improper animal handling were founded in live cattle exports from Australia.
The findings confirmed live cattle being shipped to Asia, Africa and the Middle East were subject to 'mistreatment', sub-standard welfare and, in some cases, were unauthorised.
Both World Organisation for Animal Health and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements were flouted, the report said.
The department has resolved to place additional conditions on future consignments of affected exporters. These measures are to comply with ESCAS.
Exporters have been undertaking additional individual review procedures, reinforced with training on loading and handling livestock.