New strategy to improve animal welfare
Story Added : 27th May 2011
"At the core of the strategy the industry is committing to only supply Australian livestock to facilities where supply chains meet, or exceed the relevant sections of the World Organisation for Animal Health animal welfare standards," Mr Heatley said.
He said the strategy was created after an independent review of Indonesian facilities conducted last year.
The welfare program includes the introduction of endorsed livestock welfare standards for port, transport, feedlot and abattoir to ensure Indonesia is complying with international standards.
"This is an ambitious plan that will enable our industry to have tighter management of animal welfare outcomes in our overseas markets. It will deliver a system to identify, monitor and address welfare requirements through the implementation of endorsed livestock welfare standards."
An Indonesian animal welfare taskforce will be established, consisting of a team of Australian livestock experts and 20 new Indonesian animal welfare officers to conduct a stocktake of all facilities and locations processing Australian livestock.
“Our deadline for meeting this goal is 2015, however we will be working hard to achieve this as early as possible,” Mr Heatley said.