A damning report by Latika Burke in the Sydney Morning Herald has exposed widespread failures of ESCAS in Oman. Animals Australia, the unpaid auditor of end-destination animal welfare issues in the live export trade has meticulously documented the failures and provided the information to the Department.
With the industry very much in the spotlight because of the phaseout consultations, one would have assumed that exporters would have been doing everything in their power to ensure that no problems were detected. Instead it seems yet another major non-compliance of ESCAS has occurred.
It is also reported that The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council said in 2016 that if any Australian animal was found to have been sold outside approved supply lines and for private slaughter, the exporter should be immediately reported to authorities “to enable remedial actions including the recovery of stolen livestock to be undertaken where possible”. SMH reports that this has not occurred in the latest incidents.
And still they wonder why they have no social licence and why 7/10 Australians support the phaseout.