In a statement to Lateline last night, Australian company International Livestock Export said that they have "no objection if the government wants to pay for them", "them" being the vets and stockmen who are currently paid by the exporter. They claim there is no pressure on the vets to alter mortality data.
So, if the exporters are keen, it is time for the government to change the system and have independent veterinarians, paid by the government, funded by the exporter as recommended by the AVA in their Supplementary Submission to the Farmer Review 2011. Bring it on!
25/7/2012 11:17:03 am
I am wondering if the exporter randomly choses an AQIS approved vet from the full list or if they have 'special' vets they particularly like to use?
26/7/2012 07:41:04 am
There are over 100 registered AAVs but very few of them are actually employed on the ships.
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