VALE requested information under the FOI Act (1982) about the GL Kaihou disaster. 7.79% of cattle died in a preventable tragedy – the public has a right to these documents. But no…some of them have been withheld by Narelle Clegg Assistant Secretary to the Live Exports Branch of the Dept of Ag (see our wesbite: DAFF correspondence). And some of the refused documents include information provided to the government by the government accredited veterinarian (AAV) on that voyage.
Reason? It would make the veterinarian reluctant to provide information to the government in the future. Really? THAT is exactly what the government accredited veterinarian is required to do under ASEL (ie by law). But no…..one AAV has outright specified that they will be reluctant to give information to the government in the future if their voyage information is released. And the government has agreed, presumably accepting that the veterinarians are hopelessly compromised by being employed by the exporters.
We so need independent veterinarians – this is the strongest hard-fact-evidence yet!
28/11/2017 06:37:56 pm
Both the Government regulators and the industries that perform poorly with animal welfare do not want vets to speak out openly. It exposes poor practice, poor regulation, suppressed ethics, compromised integrity and exposes the truth.
Exposed. Live Export Ships from Ausralia
26/12/2017 08:54:24 pm
Thanks for pursuing this, VALE, and so very well said, Dr Simpson.
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