Thank you to the 50 dedicated souls who braved the heat (especially those in the cow and sheep suits!) to march with Stop LIve Exports in the Freo Festival Parade, as part of the Fremantle Community. We got lots of cheers and claps and people were keen to take our flyers and stickers.
Special thanks to Committee members Michelle and Alicia for taking charge and getting people organised - I unfortunately had a back issue that saw me miss this one. Thanks also to Dominique, Crystal and Marjie for taking SO MANY photos! (LOTS more on Facebook)
You'll be seeing a lot more of us! KL
Thank you to the 50 dedicated souls who braved the heat (especially those in the cow and sheep suits!) to march with Stop LIve Exports in the Freo Festival Parade, as part of the Fremantle Community. We got lots of cheers and claps and people were keen to take our flyers and stickers.
The latest disgrace Featured
The latest intensive investigation by Animals Australia has, as expected, demonstrated that ESCAS is still not working and regulatory safeguards put in place nearly three years ago are being ignored.
I would urge you to NOT watch the video, but please do familiarise yourself with the rest of the page - we can't possibly put anything together that matches Animals Australia's comprehensive report.
Sheep suffering on metal tray in full sun and extreme heat, Kuwait Oct 2014. Image: Animals Australia
The LSS-owned and operated Maysora has just loaded in Adelaide (including camels) and has set sail for Fremantle to load more animals bound for the Gulf. We will have a welcoming committe for them on the dock - please stay tuned for final details, either through our website's action alerts or via our Facebook page.
A fire broke out on board the Ocean Drover whilst docked at number 1 berth in Fremantle port this morning befor 8.00 AM. Thankfully no animals had yet been loaded, despite the ship having been in dock since 3 October. It has been reported that livestock trucks were removed from the dock due to the possibility of toxic smoke, so loading must have been imminent.
Apparently the fire broke out in crew's quarters -we hope they are all safe and accounted for.
Had this happened 24 hours later, or at sea, the outcome could have been catastrophic. There have been countless livestock ship disasters at sea which have seen thousands of animals die - from less than a hundred to the entire shipment - some from weather events, some from ventialtion breakdown, some from drowning, and these two (that we know about) from fire:
- 1980 The total cargo (40,605 sheep) perish in a fire aboard the Farid Fares.
- 1996 67,488 sheep died when fire broke out on board the Uniceb; 8 days elapsed before any rescue attempt was made.
Live animal export is not only inherently cruel, it is inherently risky; placing animals at increased risk for increased profit is just not morally justifiable.
We would speculate that the ship would now not be inhabitable without repairs and imagine that the cattle that were due to be loaded, bound for Indonesia, will be returned to the feedlot to await another Wellard vessel. The Ocean Outback is currently in Singapore and the Ocean Swagman in China. KL
A BILL to ban live animal exports will be reintroduced in the Senate this week by the Australian Greens as the party ramps up calls to replace live ex with a boxed meat trade.
Read full article here.
Image: Animals Australia
More misinformation, disinformation and lies. National Nine News stated:
"Indonesia reduced its import quota after live exports were temporarily banned in 2011 when footage emerged of Australian cattle being mistreated in Indonesia.
The live export trade dropped from 660,000 head-a-year to 260,000."
Knowing this to be patently untrue, it prompted me to compare the actual percentage of reduction in quotas pre and post suspension.
Image: The Age
Indonesia did in fact further reduce its quotas after the five week suspension of trade, but it wasn't from 660,000 to 260,000!
Quotas had already been dropped 30 % from 750,000 in 2009, to 520,000 in 2010 - over a year befor 4 Corners footage was shown.
There was another reduction from 2010 to 2011, still before the suspension, from 520,000 to 420,000 (19 %) in 2011.
So in fact, the reduction in quotas over the past two years since the suspension (420,000 to 260,000 = 38%), has been less than the reduction prior to the suspension 2009 to 2011 (44 %).
This unbalanced, un-researched and naive opinion piece is from Brendan O'Reilly - Mr O'Reilly runs beef cattle and merino sheep on properties in the Southern Tablelands district of NSW. Our comments in bold.
Animals Australia wants a ban on all live animal exports from Australia, and live cattle are the latest target. Its lobbying is part of a worldwide campaign coordinated by the UK headquartered World Society for the Protection of Animals. In 2011 Animals Australia succeeded in convincing the Australian Government to introduce a temporary ban on the entire live cattle trade to Indonesia, and the continuing fallout threatens the future of the industry. Animals Australia, WSPA, CWF, Voiceless, RSPCA, HSI, PETA and Stop Live Exports along with every other animal welfare or animal advocacy organisation and about 70% of the Australian population wants a phase out of live animal exports and not just from Australia. Animals Australia did not "convince" the government to introduce a temporary ban - they furnished them with video evidence, DAFF investigated and made the decision to suspend trade to Indonesia.
To put the live cattle trade into perspective, Australia exported 617,301 head (valued at over $600 million) in 2012 (down 11% on 2011). Indonesia accounted for 45% of these exports, despite numbers to Indonesia being down 33% in 2012. In much of the NT and the northwest of WA, well over half of farm income comes from live exports, with about 87% of such exports historically going to Indonesia.
Animal activists say that the type of agriculture they are most opposed to is "factory farming". The Northern cattle industry is about as far removed from this type of farming as you can get. Mr O'Reilly seems to be unaware of the fact that there are multiple issues of concern to animal advocates - one of them is live export, another is factory farming (two completely different and separate issues) and there's probably another 20 on the list. He also seems to lump all animal advocates, animal welfare agencies and members of the general public into the "animal activists" basket.
The live cattle trade to Indonesia differs fundamentally from the trade in live sheep due to the relative proximity of the Indonesian market, and limited domestic outlets for these cattle. Australiais the only country that requires specific animal welfare outcomes for live animal exports and our ongoing involvement in the trade is a positive influence on animal welfare conditions in destination countries. A key disadvantage of reliance on the trade is resultant dependence on the decisions of the Australian and Indonesian governments. The key disadvantage Mr O'Reilly refers to is an issue we have been warning about for years.
Contrary to popular belief, Australia is far from alone in the live cattle trade. The US imports over 2 million head of live cattle annually (mostly from Canada and Mexico). Brazil exported 512,236 live cattle in 2012 (up 26%) to countries such as Venezuela, Turkey and Egypt. The EU also has a substantial trade, both across internal borders (several million head annually) with smaller numbers going to non-EU destinations (such as Russia, Turkey, and North Africa). India is also shaping up as a major player. Despite the number of countries involved in the trade, activists have concentrated their campaign on the EU and on Australia. Australia is the only country that spruiks itself as a "world leader in animal welfare". We can't claim that title whilst we continue to send millions of animals to their deaths in overseas markets where for 80% of them, the best they can hope for is a sharp knife and adherence to the woefully low OIE standards for handling and slaughter that the Australian Government has mandated. Nearly 70,000 animals have died on board, en route just in the last three years; 30,000 of them died from starvation. Whilst the mortality rate may be less than one percent, the morbidity rate is arguably 100%, with animals having to endure 24/7 fluorescent lighting, engine and ventilator/extractor noise (this is so loud it can be heard from 500 metres away when ships are in port), seasickness caused by the roll, pitch and yaw of the vessels, sea spray blindness and extremes of temperature on open-decked vessels and cramped conditions with insufficient space for all animals to lie down - depending on weight, sheep may be allocated as little as 0.64 square metres each, on voyages commonly lasting 20 to 30 days, but not rarely over 30 days and on one voyage to Izmar, Turkey, 41 days.
Stocking density for 'feeder' cattle from Australia. Photo source: Dr Lynn Simpson's ASEL submission
In many countries, which import live cattle, tradition, religion and lack of refrigeration means frozen or chilled beef is not a viable alternative. A further reason for Australian live export relates to the very high relative costs of Australian processors. Australia exports nearly all its commodities in a raw state because it can't compete on cost with foreign factories. If tradition and religion are factors in the continuation of live exports, how is it that our chilled meat exports are worth $7 billion as opposed to our $800 million live export trade, and we supply chilled, Halal-certified meat from animals slaughtered in Australia, to every country we currently export live animals to (or used to export live animals to) apart from Turkey?
Animals Australia claims that"400,000 cattle could be processed in Northern Australia rather than exported to Indonesia, and northern producers could more than double their earnings before interest and tax". I would like Mr O'Reilly to provide evidence that this is not possible.
Such a claim beggars belief, as does activists' stated enthusiasm for a bigger meat processing industry in Northern Australia. Animals Australia's strong advocacy of vegetarianism instead suggests that that they would far rather close down Australia's livestock industries entirely. Animal activists appear to be using a strategy aimed at bankrupting both producers and others involved in the supply of livestock commodities through disrupting exports, having previously targeted the wool, live sheep and kangaroo meat industries. Animals Australia does not equal "animal activists" - this is a blanket description that Mr O'Reilly seems to apply to anyone who has the best interests of animals at heart or works to improve their treatment and status in Australia. Only the government, the suppliers and the industry itself have the power to shut down this industry. Agencies such as Animals Australia are just supplying the evidence, which is then investigated by DAFF and acted upon (or not).
So how realistic is the claim that the meat processing industry in Northern Australia could replace the live export trade to Indonesia and other countries? A little history never goes astray.
Many people are unaware that no large scale abattoirs currently operate north of a line between Townsville and Perth (over a third of the continent). All that exists are small scale meatworks serving local needs (generally killing less than a hundred head per week) so that most cattle surplus to the live export trade need to be trucked very long distances to the South (for often poor returns). Substantial abattoirs used to exist at locations such as Wyndham, Derby, Broome, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Batchelor, Mt Isa and Cloncurry. They all eventually closed due to a combination of competition from the live cattle trade, an inability to secure the year-round cattle supplies, and the vagaries of the international markets for beef. I think Mr O'Reilly has just reinforced our view that local processing and Australian meatworks industry has been very much negatively impacted by the live export industry. Who cried for those jobs lost?
Over the past couple of years there have been efforts to start up a major Northern export abattoir. AACO is building a new export abattoir near Darwin but work was suspended owing to difficulties in finding an Asian partner. AACO has announced that it is prepared to proceed on its own, though not all industry observers are convinced. It is notable that AACO's plant was intended to concentrate on heavier cattle that do not meet live export specifications and was never meant to replace the live trade. Noises about opening export abattoirs elsewhere in the North have effectively gone nowhere.
In short the capacity to process export beef on any significant scale in most of the North is non-existent and any new plant (if it is ever completed) would take about two years to become operational.
While the animal activists, animal advocates, animal welfare agencies and members of the general public and politicians opposed to live export won't admit it, the live cattle trade suits the comparative advantage of both Northern producers and Indonesia. Northern Australia has vast swathes of poor quality land with highly variable and seasonal rainfall, that can breed cattle very cheaply but has limited capacity to supply fattened cattle year round. Indonesia on the other hand can feedlot and slaughter cattle cheaply. In respect of animal welfare, road transport from the North to domestic abattoirs can exceed 24 hours by road train, and with cattle more readily fed and watered on board ship, sea transportation to Indonesia can be less stressful. I don't for a second believe that we won't admit that the live cattle trade suits the Northern producers - it suits them all too well, which is why we never see any positive input into alternatives for them.
The crisis in the live trade was precipitated by the ABC Four Corners documentary (aired on 30 May 2011) on cruelty to Australian sourced cattle in Indonesian abattoirs. Independent parliamentarians, Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon, demanded an immediate ban on such exports. Following support from Agriculture Minister Ludwig, an immediate ban on the abattoirs in question resulted. This was followed by a six-month ban (suspended on 6 July 2011) on the entire live trade to Indonesia. A condition on the resumption of the trade allowed the export of live cattle only where animals are managed through supply chains that meet international standards. A SIX-MONTH BAN? A five-WEEK suspension was put in place after DAFF's investigation of hours of footage provided to them by Animals Australia, and advice from Australia's chief Scientist.
Fresh calls to ban live exports arose on 7 May this year when "new" footage showing Australian cattle being inhumanely slaughtered in Egypt was shown on the ABC's 7.30 Report.
Australians have been lead to believe that the TV footage showing cruelty that shocked the public was typical of what occurs inside Egypt and Indonesia. The impression was also given that it was Animals Australia who had infiltrated Indonesian abattoirs. It now transpires that the TV footage was supplied by Tracks Investigations - The Eco Spooks, a UKbased commercial film production service to animal protection groups. Lyn White from Animals Australia did in fact visit ("infiltrate" implies she posed as a worker or acted dishonestly or misled to gain access) several randomly selected abattoirs and personally gained footage as did an accompanying animal advocate, Ian Shersby from the UK; the Four Corners crew did their own research, shot their own footage which reinforced the findings by Lyn White and Ian Shersby. Lyn White has worked with Mr Shersby on every investigation she had done since 2003. A spokeswoman for Four Corners said the footage shot by Animals Australia and its associate "was done openly" and this was obvious when viewing the footage.
Lyn White openly gathering evidence in Indonesian abattoir. Photo: Animals Australia
Tracks Investigations has been doing work for Animals Australia (including in Egypt, the Middle East and Indonesia) for the past eight years. It also seems that the latest footage showing cruelty at Egyptian abattoirs (if the Egyptian authorities are to be believed) may have been filmed as far back as 2009 and subsequently "saved up" for recent release to maximise media impact. This all suggests that the Government and the public have been reacting emotionally to footage that is purpose made to shock rather than convey a balanced image of the industry. Given that the cattle shown in the footage taken in Egypt in October 2011 and April 2012 and given to Animals Australia in April by an Egyptian vet working at Ain Sokhna abattoir have been identified as Australian, and given that Australia suspended the supply of live cattle to Egypt from 2006 to 2010, I fail to see how this footage of Australian cattle could have been taken in 2009.
Most cattle industry players in Australia, as well as officials in Indonesia, would have accepted a suspension of supply to any abattoir guilty of undue cruelty, and this would not have been unduly disruptive. The sudden ban on all cattle exports (with accompanying vilification of Indonesia by our media and politicians) instead seriously damaged the cattle industry, and caused shock and anger in Indonesia. As did the footage showing brutal treatment (including eye-gouging, tail-breaking, whipping, kicking and rubbing chilli into steers' eyes) of Australian cattle in several Indonesian abattoirs cause shock and anger amongst caring Australians.
In Asian culture the concept of "saving face" (a combination of reputation, social status, dignity, and honour) is a central principle of etiquette. Causing Asian people to "lose face" (which was done recklessly and in full publicity through front page media on this occasion) is a grievous offence not readily forgiven. Such gross transgression by Australia was worsened by undertones of racism, religious intolerance, and moral superiority that still haunt our historic relationship with Asia. Unsurprisingly and in retaliation, Australia's live export quota ended up being slashed by about a third and export specifications were tightened, using the pretext of Indonesia moving towards becoming self-sufficient in beef production. Mr O'Reilly seems to completely ignore the fact that Indonesia cut quotas of live cattle exports from Australia, from 750,000 in 2009, to 510,000 in 2010 PRIOR to the footage even being shot by Animals Australia or Four Corners. There was a further reduction in quotas from 2010 to 2011 again prior to any perceived fallout from the suspension.
The shutdown of live cattle exports to Indonesia in 2011 and the way it was done caused havoc because cattle which would have ordinarily been exported to Indonesia remained in the Australian market (with nowhere to go in many cases). It also led to financial losses all along the supply chain from producers to the Indonesian consumer, who suffered skyrocketing meat prices.
A very wet monsoon season in 2010-11 and to a lesser extent again in 2011-12 helped to delay some of the impact on Northern graziers because excess stock could be temporarily carried over. A poor wet season in 2012-13 (except for some unseasonal late rain in the Northwest) has now led to a flood of Northern cattle onto the domestic market (especially in Queensland). This contributed to falls in both live export prices and domestic saleyard prices (which were already under pressure from a poor season in the south). Hundreds of thousands of cattle are now likely to suffer from shortages of feed and thousands of unmarketable cattle may need to be shot in what will almost certainly be a bigger animal welfare crisis than that initially complained about.
About 30 per cent of Northern cattle producers are now believed to be under serious financial stress and Northern cattle properties are said to have fallen in value by between 25 and 40 per cent. AACO, the largest producer, now estimates its total losses as a result of the live trade suspension or as is a more commonly held belief, due to drought, bushfires, the high Aussie dollar and the reliance on the unreliable live export market (mainly write-downs to property values and lost profits) to be over $50 million.
Despite much of the damage to the industry being the result of disastrous Government decisions, the only assistance offered by the Gillard Government has been the Live Exports Assistance Package worth a paltry $30 million in total. This compares very unfavourably to the billions thrown at the car industry, despite the cattle industry being viable without government interference, and the car industry destined to disappear irrespective. (Could the fact that the car industry is heavily unionised explain the double standard?) As stated before, the damage done to the industry was done mainly by the droughts, bushfires, high Australian dollar and producers inability or unwillingness to factor in Indonesia's reduction in quotas for live cattle, which had been dropping drastically since 2009.
There have been recent signs Indonesia is reassessing its beef import quotas but it may take years for the live trade to fully recover. While there is a growing short term need for the Government to address the looming animal welfare crisis hitting Northern Australia, nobody really expects this to be a priority for the Gillard administration (while it lasts). As far as Animals Australia is concerned, it most likely will continue to ignore the domestic disaster it lobbied so hard to create. I do hope Animals Australia considers legal action for these blatantly untrue accusations directed at them. Perhaps MLA should be worried, given that they knew about the horrific handling and slaughter practices in Indonesian abattoirs, as per their report in 2009, AND were in a position to do something about it but subsequently failed to act?
Seems Mr O'Reilly just wants to shoot the messenger, not punsih the perpetrators and enablers. Profit at any cost.
Colin Bettles reports that "EGYPT’S Ambassador to Australia says there may have been a four-year delay between the filming and release of controversial footage seen this week, showing abhorrent treatment of Australian cattle in Egyptian abattoirs."
This industry and its suporters are shameless in their attempts to debunk any negativity coming their way. Surely industry, of all people, should know that no live Australian cattle were sent to Egypt between 2006 and 2010 due to the OBSCEENE CRUELTY uncovered in 2006.
DAFF has already admitted that confirmed that they are "likely to be Australian livestock", therefore not filmed in 2009.
Image: Animals Australia
"A cruel blow for farmers"
"Frankly, Australia and its farmers can't afford to have this happen."
Regarding the footage of horrific abuse and slaughter practices of Australian cattle in Egypt, these are the kind of comments that are earning the producers no sympathy or support - how about just ONE COMMENT about how unacceptable it is to have animals treated this way ANYWHERE?
Meanwhile, industry says it has voluntarily suspended trade to Egypt in light of this evidence, but how noble or how much of a sacrifice is it to suspend trade to a country we haven't exported any cattle to in 10 months; a country which Australia's cattle exports are worth a paltry $25 million?
Just once, I'd like to see a producer/live export supplier jumping up and down demanding improvements and condemning the industry for allowing this to happen.
Weekly Times article here.
How do you enforce any welfare standards for beeeding stock in a country with no animal welfare laws, when those animals may realistically have up to ten years of 'use'?
Read article, with Animals Australia and RSPCA commentary here.
Both heavily pregnant Australian cows and calves died from malnutrition and heat strokein temperatures up to 50 degrees C in Qatar last year. Photo: Animals Australia
By Bill Tatt at The Western Magazine
9 April 2013
Beef exports to the Middle East set a new record for the month of February when sales of 5463 tonnes were achieved by our processors.
Saudi Arabia and Iran were major contributors to this surge with tallies of 2512 tonnes and 1112 tonnes respectively.
To 2012. Graphic: MLA
Brazil was the principal loser in these matters with the Saudis placing a ban on their beef in the latter end of 2012.
This was a dramatic fall for the South American country which, up until they were banned, had racked up 33,396 tonnes for the year.
To highlight how good this month was for our industry the five- year average for February stood at 272 tonnes and February 2012 saw a meagre 313 tonnes go to this particular country.
An aside to this upward trend is the continued necessity for producers to complete their NVDs correctly and make sure question nine referring to Russian and Saudi Arabia eligibility is, along with the rest of the document, completed correctly.
Lambs, not to be outdone, rose to 9077 tonnes to the end of February for countries designated as the Middle East.
This was a rise of 54 per cent year- on-year and some 200 per cent up on the five- year average.
The United Arab Emirates remained the principal destination receiving 2344 tonnes in the first two months of 2013.
Live sheep exports are expected to be at their lowest in more than 20 years during 2012-2013.
This side of the industry is tipped by analysts to recover in the short to medium term to reach 2.4 million head by 2017-18.
At that point in time ABARE predicts that the Australian sheep flock will, they suggest, stablise at about 80 million head after growing slightly year on year from now to then.
To 2012. Graphic: The Atlantic
Yesterday, a small group of animal advocates opposed to live exports stood shoulder to shoulder with a larger group of people who have always been well at odds with us.
Stop Live Exports called for members and supporters to join us in presenting a message to Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Community Cabinet and Public Forum at Thornlie Senior High School, in the form of a well-signed and placarded group in front of the school gates.
There were less than 50 of us and although hard to accurately count, probably over 100 live export supporters.
There was one area for us to gather, and no way that the police were going to expend the energy and effort to separate us, so we mixed… we mingled… we stood in front of each other and competed to get our signs in front, but ultimately, we talked… and we listened.
There was some goading, there were some heated discussions, but for the most part, there was open and honest dialogue, the dispelling of some misconceptions, the exchange of business cards and even the exchange of a few jokes.
Pro-LE meet Stop LE at Thornlie. Photo: perthnow.com.au
I hope that some of the producers that I and some Stop Live Export members and supporters talked with felt heard and appreciated. We are not and have never been trying to ruin our primary producers – our farmers, pastoralists, graziers, growers… call them what you will – if they don’t exist, we don’t exist – I appreciate that they grow all the food I nourish my body with.
It became more evident to me yesterday than it has ever been, that they are just people trying to make a living doing what they love to do. I spent much of my childhood on my Uncle Ron’s sheep and wheat farm in Grenfell NSW – he was a crusty old bugger, but he had a heart of gold and I hate to think of him being in the situation now that many WA sheep farmers find themselves and wonder, were he still alive and living in WA instead of NSW, what would he do?
We are and always will be, passionately and vehemently opposed to exporting live animals, but there is and always will be in our lifetime, a demand for animal products; what we want to see is, the animals that are raised and slaughtered to provide those products treated as humanely as is humanly possible, and that does not include putting them on ships for three… four… five weeks to countries where we realistically have no control over their handling or slaughter.
Myself and Vanessa Williams, a long-time SLE member and live export opponent were registered for the public forum and Vanessa was able to ask her question of the Prime Minister. View the question and PM Julia Gillard's answer here.
We were very disappointed that the only mention of any animal welfare issues by the PM, were the ones exposed in Animals Australia & Four Corners’s exposé of the treatment of Australian cattle in several randomly selected Indonesian abattoirs. There was no mention of the nine serious animal welfare issues and/or ESCAS/ASEL breaches in Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan or the plight of pregnant cows sent for slaughter in Mauritius.
I would urge everyone who feels strongly about the live export of animals, no matter which angle you are coming from, to stick to your guns, research the facts, speak only truth and listen also to the other side – we have a lot more in common than you may think. There has been initial contact between live export supporters and live export opponents, and several suggestions of coming together, joining forces and trying to address the concerns of both “sides” and lobby the government as one – create the best possible outcome for the animals and those who produce them.
We can’t eliminate cruelty, but I’m sure we can minimise it if we fight for what’s right and what’s required, rather than fighting each other.
Coordinator, Stop Live Exports
One of Australia’s most respected and insightful Buddhist leaders, Abbot Ajahn Brahm, once said that the problem with seeking revenge is that you become a ‘victim of your own war’, in that you can often suffer as much ‘damage’ as the person to whom you are directing your revenge.
Read full article here.
Mark I restraint box. Taxpayer-funded cruelty in Indonesia. Photo: Animals Australia
ANTI-live export lobby group Vets Against Live Export have released a media statement this morning claiming recent reports of cruel treatment of Australian animals overseas have deflected attention away from conditions aboard live export ships.
Read full article here.
Sheep fair worse on ships with inanition but better with floor conditions. Photo: K. Love
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.
Photo: Juni Kriswanto. Source: AFP
ABC Four Corners -Another Bloody Business aired 5 November 2102
Please watch if you haven't already, share, share, share, and write to Joe Ludwig
Watch the video and read the article transcript:
Human Chain Against Live Animal Exports
The government would have us believe that the new Exporters Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) has solved all animal welfare problems associated with live exports, but with six animal welfare issues in six weeks, this has been proven to be patently untrue.
Animals exported live are still and always will be at risk.
Join hands across the Stirling Bridge, Fremantle WA to demonstrate your opposition to the live export trade.
Download a template for your 'I am ...' sign:
Photos from the 2011 Human Chain against live exports:
All photos courtesy of Houndstooth Studios
Thursday 20th September 2012
Live export has been making headlines again, with recent disasters in Qatar and Kuwait, as well as the Ocean Drover emergency. Now, 21,000 Australian sheep 'fast-tracked' to Pakistan are in limbo. According to the latest reports 5,000 sheep have been culled in feedlots.
This latest string of live export incidents demonstrates that the measures put in place by the Gillard Government, to reassure Australians that animal welfare was being addressed, are failing. While live export continues, animals will continue to suffer stressful sea journeys, and fully-conscious slaughter in countries with no laws to protect them.
It is now clearer than ever that the only way to protect animals from the inherent cruelty of live export is to ban the trade.
Another example of the wonderful work undertaken by Stop Live Exports supporters! An unplanned, spontaneous call for a flash protest in Victoria Quay, Fremantle to coincide with the loading of sheep and cattle onto the Bader III, resulted in a turnout of 30 protesters and a small boat!
The community of Fremantle will continue to draw attention to the fact that 80% of Australia's sheep exports leave its port every year and will persist in protesting about the inherent cruelty in the live export trade. Fremantle residents see, and smell, first hand the suffering and misery of this cruel and indefensible trade and want to see it phased out as quickly as possible and replaced with a chilled and frozen meat trade.
Human Chain Across the Stirling Bridge, Fremantle
Stop Live Exports, in conjunction with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), organised a Human Chain across the Stirling Bridge in Fremantle on Sunday 13th November.
We estimate that about 350 wonderful supporters turned up, enough to almost straddle the bridge. Everyone wore black and an A4 sign around their necks that stated: “I am a ………… opposed to live exports”. The blank space was filled in as appropriate for each individual e.g. I am a teacher/vet/student/meat-eater/mother etc. The best sign was that of a young man that said "I am a student who should be studying for my WACE exams opposed to live exports". We admire his commitment to our cause and we certainly hope that he does well in his exams!
The line of people stood in silence and linked hands to show their opposition to the live trade. The event drew a lot of media attention - see the PerthNow footage here. Many people going by in vehicles on the bridge also hooted to show their support and even the river police sounded their siren and gave the thumbs up! It was a brilliant way to demonstrate that people from all walks of life want to see a cessation to the live export trade.
WSPA will use footage and photos from the event in their Humane Chain campaign that is drumming up support for the phasing out of live exports in the run up to the national Labor Conference which is being held on 2nd and 3rd December.
Well done to everyone that turned up and made it such a special event.
EthicalJobs.com.au donates $4,000 to four small community organisations every 3 months - the idea is to support small organisations doing great work for a more sustainable, just world. And they've chosen Stop Live Exports as one of the four organisations to donate to for the next three months.
They ask their website users to help make the decision by letting them vote in a poll on how the donation is split between the organisations that have been chosen. (If you visit the homepage on www.EthicalJobs.com.au you can find the donation poll in the bottom left corner).
The more Stop Live Exports supporters that visit the site and vote for us, the larger the donation to us is. Each vote on the poll at EthicalJobs.com.au increases the proportion of the $4,000 that will come to us at the end of November.
It would be great if you could let your wider networks know about the poll, so they can vote for us too.
All during Saturday night the rain fell in sheets and at 7.00am on the Esplanade reserve in Fremantle on Sunday, the weather didn’t look any more promising. My trusty team of SLE volunteers battled on regardless and by 11.30am we were ready to go and like a sign from above, the sun came out! And the people came, a trickle at first and then in ever increasing waves, placards held high. It’s hard to gauge crowd numbers at a glance but we estimate that the final turnout was in excess of 1,500!
We started at noon with some great music from Dilip and the Davs followed by passionate and rousing speeches from Lisa Baker MLA, Member for Maylands, Senator Rachel Siewert, Chris Tallentire, MLA Member for Gosnells, Lyn MacLaren MLC Member for the South Metropolitan Region and Lyn Bradshaw, National and State President of the RSPCA. Lyn White’s speech was also played over the airwaves during which you could have heard a pin drop and there wasn’t a dry eye on the Esplanade reserve.
The spirit of the day was amazing – happy, friendly, supportive and caring. Children planted their wishes in the Wish Garden and coloured in pictures of lambs and cows. Levy the sheep put in an appearance, as did a beautiful calf called Daisy, a goat and dogs of all shapes and sizes. There were babies and pensioners, bankers and teachers – just ordinary Australians from all walks of life coming together to speak out for those that cannot.