Analysing the ESCAS Regulatory Performance Report 1 Dec 2015-29 Feb 2016 provides more evidence to support VALE's answer to that question.
Report #57: Australia has been exporting cattle to Israel for over 20 years….plenty of time to improve animal welfare one would have thought. So what happened at Dabbah? Dabbah was the first ESCAS approved abattoir in Israel. The abattoir performs kosher and halal slaughter …without stunning of course.
In May 2015, Animals Australia again managed to find non-compliance (really they should be paid by the Department!) and yes the evidence was all found to be “kosher”. The abattoir was suspended from ESCAS (and local market) and then fixed (apparently/sort of). The Department applied conditions: that only fully trained shochets (kosher slaughterman) ware engaged for Australian livestock “to safeguard Australian livestock processed at the abattoir” (no such luck for the local cattle whose welfare we have improved so much over 20 years). By January 2016, the abattoir was “generally compliant” with ESCAS standards…..ie so we moved from “systemic animal welfare problems", in an ESCAS approved facility, to "generally compliant" (ie not fully compliant) after over 20 years of involvement with Israel and over 6 months with this abattoir. Impressive evidence of Australia’s impact on animal welfare
Report #28: “There have been multiple confirmed reports of serious animal welfare breaches in Gaza over a long period of time suggesting that ESCAS standards are unlikely to be maintained in that market”. Really? What a surprise.
Over and over we hear we are improving animal welfare in importing countries yet all available evidence indicates that that is clearly not the case. VALE’s evidence-based conclusion after analysis of all available data is that animal welfare will never improve in importing countries whilst those countries do not have a culture of animal welfare or appropriate animal welfare legislation.