The Israel State Comptroller has found that their Agriculture Ministry fails to investigate problems or punish ship owners or importers who repeatedly break the rules.
Ships are often in poor condition, suffering from insufficient ventilation, high temperatures and humidity; animals are forced to live in their own excrement; wet bedding is not changed often enough; food and water is often lacking; and the air is thick with the smell of ammonia from urine which causes the animals breathing difficulties and sore eyes. Yet next to nothing is done to ensure that complaints are followed up, conditions improve and regulations are adhered to, the report says.
And..... last year, a third of imported cattle and 16% of sheep came from Australia.
A presentation from a Ministry vet at a closed workshop last year showed that the Ministry are well aware of the problems. One vet at a port testified that complaints sent to the ministry’s Central Unit for Enforcement and Investigations “got nowhere” and that investigators only turned up when they “had time.”
Sound familiar? Yeah it so could be the Australian Department of Ag.
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