Footage of loading camels in Adelaide highlights the necessity of independent observation of our Australian animals at loading in Australia.
Vet and animal behaviourist, Dr Kate Lindsey stated that "the camels were tortured and maliciously tormented and, as a consequence, suffered pain and/or fear distress."
When public access to Fremantle Port was banned after VALE'S Dr Sue Foster was found to be legally observing port activities, Fremantle Port had this to say "Animal welfare aspects of this trade are monitored by the Federal Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food. Inspections of livestock at the port are undertaken by AQIS accredited veterinarians and DAFWA inspectors." So where were the relevant AQIS and state agriculture department personnel at Adelaide?
The mass slaughter of buffaloes, sheep and goats in the name of Hindu goddess Gadhimai takes place in Bariryapur, Nepal tomorrow (Nov 28th).
In September, the government of India ordered areas bordering Nepal to ban all animal exports to the neighbouring country throughout November.
So, Australia, a first world nation with "the best animal welfare in the world" doesnt stop our animals being exported for sacrificial unstunned slaughter in numerous countries in SE Asia and Middle East....but a poor developing nation, bans live export from their country on the basis of animal cruelty. Shame Australia. Time to rethink.
It's not all about ESCAS, Mr Crean. Long-haul voyages to a Middle Eastern summer can't be made humane – not by ESCAS, and least of all by a government or industry that thinks that giving a 47kg sheep 0.31 square metres for 20 to 40 days and sending it to conditions of extreme temperature and humidity is even vaguely consistent with good animal welfare. And don't quote us the non-peer-reviewed MLA publication justifying the current space allowance – it would not pass a peer review.
China has a seemingly insatiable desire for Aussie beef...and we supply buckets of the stuff. One WA processor supposedly has signed an agreement which would see up to 50 sea containers of lamb and beef going to China each day! A private NSW firm has also cornered a market in China. Processed meat is value added product for the Australian economy. Why on earth would we bother shipping it inefficiently as live animals....regardless of animal welfare. The Chinese probably wont even end up taking beef from the north, the industry that doesnt have local abattoirs, due to disease biosecurity issues. If they do, just wait for the fallout if they decide for some nefarious political reason to get huffy about it (think scabby mouth in sheep in Bahrain?).
As per usual, another bizarre development in live export.