ESCAS Is A Failure
Labor backbencher summed up ESCAS (Exporters Supply Chain Assurance System) accurately when he said:
"The system that we have in place amounts to an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff when what we need is some fencing at the top."
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* FEB 2012 - 46 breaches of OIE standards for the handling and slaughter of cattle were documented in a short period of time, in two ESCAS-approved abattoirs in Indonesia.
* AUG 2012 - Evidence has been submitted to the government that 200 Australian sheep were slaughtered in the banned Al Rai meat markets in Kuwait.
Lyn White said "This market is the scene of the worst abuses of Australian sheep I have documented over the past nine years. That hundreds of Australian sheep were for sale there shows a blatant disregard by the exporter for their regulatory obligations."
* AUG 2012 - 55,000 sheep aboard the Al Shuwaikh were delayed form unloading in Kuwait, despite our Memorandum of Understanding with that country.
* AUG 2012 - 22,000 sheep aboard the Ocean Drover were refused by Bahrain, contrary to our Memorandum of Understanding with that country. They subsequently ended up being unloaded in Karachi, Pakistan, where most of them were brutally culled in violation of even the very low OIE standards. Footage was taken by staff, of them being stabbed, clubbed and even buried alive.
* SEPT 2012 - 11,000 breeding cattle were rejected by Indonesia because they didn't have complete breeding line histories - impossible to attain. Breeding stock are not “protected” under ESCAS.
* SEPT 2012 - 30,000 cattle were held in feedlots in Egypt for eight weeks whilst they kept slaughtering a few at a time to decide whether they suddenly had a problem with the HGP implants. These cattle were inspected and approved BEFORE they left Australia, by EGYPTIAN authorities.
* SEPT 2012 - it was revealed that over 10,000 Australian breeding sheep, cattle and goats, unprotected by ESCAS, died horrific deaths from thirst and hunger on a private farm in Qatar - many, including newborn calves, cooking in 50 degree heat.
*OCTOBER 2012 – evidence surfaced of Australian cattle being illegally rope-slaughtered outside an ESCAS-accredited abattoir in West Java, in the presence of an MLA employee. A formal complaint has been submitted to DAFF.