Industry finds its voice on live exports
Story Added : 20th June 2011
In a statement released this week, Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, LiveCorp, Cattle Council of Australia, National Farmers’ Federation, Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia, said they are committed to improving Australia’s live export markets.
The group acknowledged that while considerable investment to improve animal welfare had already been made, further reform is required.
“The industry-government working group on live exports will deliver a government/industry framework and guidelines for auditing standards in Australia’s overseas markets against international animal welfare standards,” the statement said.
“This group has a specific taskforce to scrutinise and audit Australia’s live export markets and supply chains to all markets.”
In an urgent effort to reopen the cattle trade to Indonesia, MLA has presented a $9 million animal welfare assurance plan to Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig.
MLA said reopening the trade will test the effectiveness of systems currently being implemented in Indonesia to assure the welfare of Australian cattle.