In light of
Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry Joe Ludwig’s recent
decision to lift the ban on the export of live cattle to Indonesia, HSI welcomes
the support being received from of a growing number labor MPs who are
continuing to raise concerns about the welfare of Australian cattle being sent
to slaughter in Indonesian abattoirs.
Caucus resolution from 14th June 2011, called for the immediate
cessation of live cattle exports to Indonesia until all slaughter houses
receiving Australian cattle comply with international OIE standards,
encouraging the use of stunning and requiring ongoing independent monitoring.
(June 14, 2011 Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Caucus).
congratulates the backbench members of the Labor Party for continuing to stand
up to their colleagues on the front bench and push for greater welfare
standards to be afforded to Australian animals being sent to Indonesia," HSI Director Verna Simpson said. "We certainly see the repeal of the
ban as highly premature, and remain deeply concerned that cattle sent to
Indonesia abattoirs will not be stunned before slaughter”.
has come at an opportune moment, as there are growing calls for the Prime
Minister to allow a conscience vote on the upcoming Private Member’s Bills on
the future of live animal exports.
wrote to all Federal Members of Parliament on 15 June asking that
they call for a conscience vote on the live export issue and we are very
pleased to see that a number of MPs are now championing this idea," Verna Simpson said. “The to-ing and fro-ing of animal welfare
standards cannot continue at the expense of suffering animals.”
reports that Minister Ludwig was warned of the welfare issues associated with
the live trade to Indonesia more than 8 months prior to the horrific images
being aired in the ABC’s Four Corners program in May this year, HSI is
seriously concerned with the Government’s haste to reopen the trade despite a
lack of a complete review of animal welfare standards and improved industry
practices and policies for live export.
the Australian livestock industry and the Indonesian Beef Producer and Lot Feeder
Association’s (APFINDO) recent announcement of strengthened efforts to increase
the number of facilities that use stunning in Indonesia.
HSI has grave concerns for the lifted ban, we are pleased that some parts of
the industry has maintained efforts in upgrading standards to include stunning.”
Ms Simpson explained. “With the lifting of the ban we are seeing continued
compromise on the government’s behalf.”
In June, the
Senate referred the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011 [No.2]
and the Live Animal Export Restriction and Prohibition Bill 2011 [No. 2], and
the need for further improvements in animal welfare in Australia, for inquiry
and report by the Senate Standing Committees on Rural Affairs and Transport.
Submissions are due by this Friday 15th July, with the Committee to
report next month.
HSI will be
making a submission to the inquiry and will be recommending:
government reinstate the ban of live trade to Indonesia to prevent to
continued inhumane treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia, and seek
an end date for all live animal exports within 3 years;
if the government maintains live cattle export, they must include a
guarantee that slaughter without stunning will not occur; and
establishment of an Australian Animal Welfare Council to provide
accurate independent advice on animal welfare matters.
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