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    Australia : Shocking new evidence of live export breaches

    Shocking new evidence of live export breaches
    6 September 2012



    Animals Australia has exposed that a notorious livestock market in Kuwait is still selling Australian sheep in breach of the new live export regulations.

    In a formal complaint to the Department of Agriculture, Animals Australia has provided evidence of Australian sheep being sold openly by four merchants at the notorious Al Rai market in Kuwait City.

    In November 2010, Al Rai was the scene of some of the most shocking animal cruelty documented by our investigators. After Animals Australia exposed the horrendous slaughter of Australian cattle in Indonesia, new live export regulations were imposed. Under these new regulations, exported Australian animals have to be handled and slaughtered within approved supply chains in importing countries that meet basic animal welfare standards.

    The terrible treatment that Animals Australia documented in Al Rai Market was a compelling factor in the Gillard government implementing regulations that cover all importing nations. These regulations prohibit the on selling of animals to individual buyers so animals are not transported in boots, or horrendously slaughtered in private premises – and place the responsibility for ensuring that animals remain within approved supply chains on the exporter. That hundreds of Australian sheep have continued to be offered for sale at Al Rai market reveals the exporter's complete disregard for their regulatory responsibilities to protect animals from such inhumane treatment.

    The local investigator witnessed at least 200 Australian animals being sold openly at the market, including an Australian sheep being dragged across a cement slaughter floor and laid on top of dead sheep. The slaughterman then used a short knife to saw at the conscious animal's throat.

    Evidence is mounting that Australian government regulations cannot protect animals from extreme suffering in the live export trade. In the last three weeks, two importing countries in the Middle East have disregarded their obligations to unload Australian animals, and now Australian sheep are being openly sold at a notoriously cruel livestock market, in breach of regulations.

    The government's attempts to protect the welfare of Australian livestock are dependent on importers and exporters playing by the rules. They clearly cannot be trusted to do so. If exporters continue to ignore their regulatory obligations, the Gillard government should do what the vast majority of Australians have been long calling on governments to do – and that is end the live export trade.

    Animals Australia is calling on the government to impose the strongest possible penalty on the exporters, to send a clear message to others that failing to meet their legal obligations will not be tolerated.

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    It's hard for exporters to take responsibility. It's similar to expecting barmaids to take legal responsibility for serving drunks or the underaged.

    The whole process of live exports remains an open sore to the meat export trade in Australia. Halal slaughter, which the peace loving muslims demand, requires the animal be killed ritually by having its throat cut and without any prior sensory stunning.

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    Notorious ... inside the Al Rai livestock market in Kuwait.
    Photo: Animals Australia

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/cruelty-claims-over-sheep-sold-and-killed-despite-rules-20120906-25hcm.html

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    Thousands rally against live export trade
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    Thousands of people have attended rallies across Australia to protest against live animal exports.

    The protests follow the release of video showing Australian sheep being inhumanely killed in Pakistan.

    Police estimate 500 people gathered in central Sydney, waving banners with messages like "stop the animal holocaust".

    Around 1,500 people turned up at a similar protest in Adelaide, while hundreds attended rallies in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Fremantle.

    The protests were supported by Animals Australia, the RSPCA and the Australasian Meatworkers Union.

    Speaking at the Sydney rally, Clare Mann from Animals Australia recalled how many protesters had stood at the same place a year ago, following a program on ABC's Four Corners that showed cattle being mistreated in Indonesia.

    "Our heads were bowed in despair, grief, pain and disbelief at what we saw," she told the Martin Place crowd.

    "Disbelief that somehow we had lost something very important in our societal values.

    "Even though those animals do not have a voice, we are their voice. We will not vote for a party that sanctions live exports from Australia."

    Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon told the crowd it is possible to halt the live export trade.

    "Politicians can stop this industry at the stroke of a pen. The harder we work the quicker it will be finished."

    The Greens were not the only political party represented at the rallies.
    Federal Labor MP Melissa Parke addressed the Fremantle rally, calling for a total ban on live exports.

    She says once animals are sent overseas, their fate is beyond Australia's control.

    "Thousands of Australians are rallying around the country today because live export is a bad business," she said.

    "Australians have had enough of seeing on the nightly news the tragic fate of yet more Australian animals shipped overseas, most of them from this very port without adequate protection."


    People attend a rally to ban live animal exports in Melbourne on October 6, 2012.

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    In Hobart, independent MP Andrew Wilkie told the crowd it is time for the Government to take action.

    He says the issue is bound to feature at the next Federal election.

    "It is cruel, it is not in our country's economic self-interest. If these politicians don't care about the animals then at least care about the economics," he said.

    "The live trade has cost Australia many thousands of jobs as the abattoirs are being closed down and we send the beasts overseas to be slaughtered."

    The protests follow the brutal slaughter of almost half a shipment of 21,000 Australia sheep in Pakistan last month.

    The sheep were killed before a court order was obtained by the owners halting the cull.

    The Agriculture Department is investigating claims some were buried alive.
    The fate of the remaining sheep is now likely to be decided by the court on October 17.

    The Opposition is urging caution over a ban, saying the focus should be measures preventing the poor treatment of animals.

    The Government argues the regulation of the live export sector is working.

    Peter Kane from the Australian Livestock Exporters Council says the welfare of exported animals has improved dramatically over the last year.

    "In the case of Indonesia, for example, 15 months ago, 18 months ago, probably only 15 per cent of the cows that we sent up there were stunned," he said.

    "Now it's 85 per cent. This is a massive transformation of our industry, and we're very proud of that."


    Protesters calling for a ban on live animal exports gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra on October 6, 2012.

    (AAP: Lukas Coch)

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    Live exports to Egypt suspended
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    May 4, 2013

    The Australian livestock sector is again reeling after the emergence of new footage showing extreme cattle cruelty in Egyptian abattoirs.

    The abuse occurred in the same Egyptian slaughterhouses the Australian industry has previously described as “state of the art”.

    Exports of Australian livestock to Egypt have been suspended following the release of the footage by animal welfare group Animals Australia.

    The group has handed the graphic evidence to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, which subsequently released a statement confirming it had received a complaint of animal cruelty.

    “The department has already consulted with the Egyptian authorities and has formally requested an investigation in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on the Handling and Slaughter of Australian Live Animals between our two countries,” the statement said.

    Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has promised the investigation and said Egyptian authorities were being co-operative.

    But the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has voluntarily suspended exports to Egypt, saying the abuse took place at two abattoirs.

    Chief executive Alison Penfold said no Australian animals would be going into the Egyptian slaughterhouses until proper standards are met.

    “I feel distraught. These acts are horrific. The outrageous cruelty has left me and my industry colleagues disgusted and horrified,” she said.

    “No one in our industry, and no Australian, accepts such treatment of animals, and I believe the Egyptian authorities will not tolerate this.”

    One incident was videoed in October last year and another in April this year.

    The first video shows a vicious and clumsy slaughter of an injured animal.

    The other footage reveals cruel and shocking practices throughout the slaughtering process.

    The footage has not yet been released publicly.

    About 3000 Australian cattle remain in Egyptian feedlots where they are waiting to be processed.

    The live trade was previously suspended with Egypt in 2006, following footage being released then showing cattle having their tendons slashed before slaughter.

    Exports to Egypt resumed four years later and Australian live export industry has since repeatedly assured the public that standards have improved there.

    Live cattle trade to Indonesia was briefly suspended in 2011 following public outcry in response to a Four Corners’ expose of slaughterhouse cruelty there.

    Live exports were again under the spotlight late last year after shipload of sheep were rejected then subjected to cruelty in Pakistan.

    The latest incident has renewed calls for a ban of all live exports.

    “This latest evidence of brutality in the slaughter of Australian cattle in two Egyptian abattoirs, obtained by Animals Australia, is the last straw,” Greens senator Lee Rhiannon said.

    “Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig should move to quickly transition away from live exports and establish an overdue independent Office of Animal Welfare.”

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    BREAKING NEWS:

    Egypt cruelty leads to live export trade suspension

    3 May 2013



    Animals Australia investigators have recently returned from Egypt. The evidence they gathered is damning, showing Australian cattle being subjected to brutal treatment in the country's only two accredited abattoirs.

    Footage has been provided to the Federal Department of Agriculture. As a result, Australia’s live export industry — which has consistently lauded these facilities as being state-of-the-art — is in damage control. Late tonight they announced that they have voluntarily suspended the live trade to Egypt.

    Brutal treatment of cattle and sheep was first exposed by Animals Australia in 2006. Further animals should never have been supplied to a country where cruelty to animals is routine and considered acceptable.

    The outcomes from this investigation will be revealed early next week in the media. Updates will be provided on this website.

    Next week will also see the relaunch of BanLiveExport.com — from where caring Australians can call on politicians to end this horrendous trade in animal suffering.

    More to come...

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    You seem to have an axe to grind.

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    Is there such a thing as a socially acceptable video clip of an animal being killed??
    What do the protestors in the above photos have in common?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig View Post
    Is there such a thing as a socially acceptable video clip of an animal being killed??
    What do the protestors in the above photos have in common?
    They're all ugly carpet munchers?

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    10 cents (3 baht) per kg was the most recent price for cattle sold at market the other day. Lowest since 1974. Shocking wet season up here in the north so no feed. Cost of $20 - $40 per head just to get them to market which is more then they are worth. Better to let them starve or give them a bullet.
    News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress - everything else is just advertising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig View Post
    You seem to have an axe to grind.
    You think the cruel treatment of animals is ok?

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    I raise my cattle to worlds best practise. I'm penalised financially if I don't.
    Have no control over how some barbarian acts the other side of the globe.
    Just can't cop the majority having to suffer because of the actions of a few.
    Is this latest footage more or less shocking than the last lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig
    Have no control over how some barbarian acts the other side of the globe.
    Thankfully others do .

    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig
    Is this latest footage more or less shocking than the last lot?
    so you wish to deal in degrees ............................

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    Judging by the number of threads you have started on this issue you are well meaning and passionate about the subject of humans inflicting suffering on animals.
    Would your interest in this subject extend to showing footage of thousands of cattle starving to death as a result of a government decision bought about by the very same footage you promote?
    Degrees??? Would this vision be more or less shocking? Or would this not suit your agenda.
    The term friendly fire comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig
    Would your interest in this subject extend to showing footage of thousands of cattle starving to death as a result of a government decision bought about by the very same footage you promote?
    Charles Darwin Uni ?

    the answer to your question is yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig
    Would your interest in this subject extend to showing footage of thousands of cattle starving to death as a result of a government decision bought about by the very same footage you promote?
    The decision to starve cattle is down to the farmer that owns them. Simple as that.

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    Nothing related to this issue is as simple as that.
    Clearly you are a consumer and not a producer.

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    it is that simple , the decision to starve them does belong to the farmer , risks and reward .

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    You sound like you condone starving an animal to death.
    Where's your empathy towards animal cruelty?

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    nice try but no cigar , of course I do not condone starving an animal to death nor do I accept that that is the only alternative .

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    Unfortunately this was the only alternative many producers had this year.

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    nope , they could of put the animals down , as has been done previously in times of severe drought .

    your premise is a cop out .

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    Seems like an awful waste of protein that could of fed a lot of hungry people.
    But then again this issue was always about human welfare over animal welfare.

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    hey what happened to the forced to starve argument ?

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