MLA proposal to retain embattled live exports
Story Added : 07th June 2011
This follows a preliminary audit of 100 Indonesian processors that receive Australian animals.
MLA chairman Don Heatly called on the Australian and Indonesian governments to back the move.
He said the program will ensure that only the best slaughterhouses, which meet World Organisation for Animal Health standards (OIE), will receive Australian cattle.
The move is a reaction to recent animal cruelty footage in Indonesia shown on Australian television.
"The Australian industry is committed to introducing
improved infrastructure in these facilities and transitioning as many as possible to stunning,” Mr Heatley said.
MLA has also requested that an animal welfare officer be stationed at each of the 25 abattoirs during hours of operation to ensure Australian cattle are handled at OIE standards.
"The solution we have put forward is critical to ensure the welfare of Australian cattle in Indonesia. We are taking these measures on behalf of Australia's cattle producers who will not tolerate cruelty to their animals,” Mr Heatley said.