The Australian live export industry claims that Australia is the only country which imposes significant animal welfare requirements in regard to their animals while they are in other countries (ie ESCAS).
NOT NOW IT DOESNT!
An EU court has found that EU animal welfare legislation must still be complied with even after animals which are being exported have left the EU. NOTE: that is, EU legislation not third world-achievable OIE recommendations!!
The legislation also states that the transport of animals over long journeys should be limited as far as possible! Well we are definitely not the world-leaders now.
Numerous stock agencies in Victoria, SA, Tas and NSW - many of them privately owned - are reportedly caught up in a financial dilemma following the collapse of a live export heifer order arranged for China.
Well, no sympathy. They were happy to play a high risk game for high financial stakes. And high risk is just that....there is a reason that insurance does not cover these agents.
Exporters of live animals have a choice. The animals themselves do not.