Australia will restart its live export trade to Egypt under the ESCAS welfare regulations, the Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced.
The Minister says Australia and Egypt have agreed to implement the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which makes Australian exporters responsible for the welfare of Australian livestock up until the point of slaughter. Under ESCAS, exporters can only send Australian livestock to feedlots and abattoirs that have been approved by the Australian Government, because they've been found to comply with international (OIE) welfare standards.
So, whats new? All that was in place, under a MOU in 2013. Thats right....legally, nothing has changed at all. So for the animals and their care.....nothing is likely to change until the next incident and the next ban....and nothing is more certain than that.