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A point well worth noting that I have really not heard raised yet, is that INDONESIA IS A MEMBER COUNTRY OF OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health).

From OIE standards Chapter 7.5 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code:
"Animals should be handled in such a way as to avoid harm, distress or injury. Under no circumstances should animal handlers resort to violent acts to move animals, such as crushing or breaking tails of animals, grasping their eyes or pulling them by the ears. Animal handlers should never apply an injurious object or irritant substance to animals and especially not to sensitive areas such as eyes, mouth, ears, anogenital region or belly. The throwing or dropping of animals, or their lifting or dragging by body parts such as their tail, head, horns, ears, limbs, wool, hair or feathers, should not be permitted. The manual lifting of small animals is permissible."

"The OIE standards provide an international benchmark to improve animal welfare outcomes for its Member countries. These standards promote low stress livestock handling and highlight the importance of understanding innate animal behaviours and using experienced and competent people to handle and move farm animals." Peter Thornber DAFF

OIE standards for the handling and slaughter of livestock, is the highest level of welfare for animals that our government has demanded for Australian animals exported to Indonesia and all other 41 destination countries. Some animals will be handled in a manner as good as or better than Australia's standards, but most will not.

As low as the OIE standards are (allowing slaughter by cutting the throat of any conscious animal including cattle and camels), Indonesia can reduce the minimal protection those standards offer, by either ignoring them altogether, or interpreting those standards and codes in a manner that allows such handling of large animals.

It adds a whole other level of insufficiency to the standards mandated by our government. If it wasn't so tragic, it would be laughable.

Katrina Love

Cattle hoisted Juni Kriswanto Source AFP
Photo: Juni Kriswanto. Source: AFP

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MP protests over live cattle cruelty

From the Australian 9 January 2013. By Miranda Rout

OUTSPOKEN Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has written to the Indonesian Agriculture Minister expressing his concern about "distressing and confronting" images of cattle being lifted by a crane with ropes tied around their heads.

Mr Thomson, one of the ALP's strongest critics of the $1 billion live export trade, said in the letter he hoped Suswono (who goes by one name) would take appropriate action over the photographs of Indonesian cattle being transported in East Java. The pictures have outraged local animal welfare activists.

The backbencher's move follows last year's Indonesian live cattle export crisis, when the Gillard government temporarily banned the cattle trade.

Cattle hoisted Juni Kriswanto Source AFP

A group of cows is shown with their necks painfully outstretched as workers load cattle in Surabaya, East Java.
Picture: Juni Kriswanto
Source: AFP

Political concern has been building in Australia over the fate of a shipment of cattle that was sent to Mauritius with pregnant cows on board, with Labor and Greens MPs expressing dismay over claims of significant discrepancies in the paperwork.

The Australian revealed the government was investigating possible breaches of regulations after the shipment was sent in October, despite Australian authorities stating none of the cattle onboard were pregnant.

Sixty-five of the cattle were later found dead in the Mauritian feedlot and local police are investigating the deaths, amid claims they were poisoned.

Animals Australia claims the ship's master reported no deaths on board, but the exporter's "accredited stockman" said at least 18 cattle died en route.

Mr Thomson said yesterday he was concerned about both incidents, having written to Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig about the shipment to Mauritius and now to Dr Suswono about the graphic images, shot by AFP, in Indonesia.

The photographs show a crane transferring three bony cows from a boat in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya using a loop of rope around their skulls. Another image portrays seven live cows being lifted with their necks outstretched.

"I found them distressing and confronting," Mr Thomson said. "I hope the Indonesian government takes appropriate action in this case. I hope it will demonstrate in its enforcement of laws against animal cruelty its commitment to appropriate standards of animal welfare."

"This is yet another disturbing example of why independent oversight of this cruel industry is necessary," West Australian MP Melissa Parke said.


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Brazil has animal activists and advocates too. And India, and Indonesia and Argentina...

This is a global issue, not a case of saving Australian animals and damn the rest - animals HAVE no nationality.

Some countries may replace some Aussie live animals with animals from other suppliers (if they don't care about FMD), and some will increase their chilled meat imports from Australia.

Ultimately, international pressure will force the OIE to raise standards and ban all live exports.

All animals must be slaughtered as close as possible to origin.

Read article here.

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A fresh war of words has broken out between the Greens and industry groups over a proposed live export facility in Kwinana, after a key Nationals MP called on the WA Government to speed its development.
Al Shuw sheep KLOVE
Sheep on board the Al Shuwaikh. Photo: K Love

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UNBELIEVABLE! Since the implementation of ESCAS in late 2011, there have already been (counting the latest pregnant cows to Mauritius scandal) six breaches, with even more trade disputes, rejections and other animal welfare issues. Already they want it to be MORE FLEXIBLE?!?!

Article here.

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