Sheep Central reports that AA wants to undermine ESCAS. How anyone could undermine an already dysfunctional system however is anyone's guess.The Govt and the exporters continually mouth ESCAS as the catchphrase of regulatory stringency. Yet these standards are not policed or enforced so are regularly flouted by exporters....with importers being the same company as exporters in most ME countries.
Whenever AA turns up, which is not often, they find non-compliance that is later upheld by the Dept. They have a near 100% strike-rate....which says one thing - that this is the norm and not the exception.
Despite what the farmers are told and want to believe, these companies do not care at all about animal welfare and any assertions to the country are just "welf-wash" (the welfare equivalent of environment's greenwash). And they are so confident about getting away with the welf-wash, that they dont even try and ensure good compliance at a critical timepoint with the trade under threat...surely time to at least be seen to be doing the right thing..! One thing is for sure, if its not possible to get ESCAS compliance now, it will never work.