Joyce to exempt Saudi ESCAS
In addition to "streamlining" ESCAS (which apparently wont weaken animal welfare....), federal agriculture minister, Mr Barnaby Joyce, has plans to exempt Saudi Arabia from ESCAS. Saudi slaughtering facilities are government owned so "well run" according to My Joyce. We assume he is going on Colin Barnett's wonderfully well informed assessment of Saudi (without having ever seen the facilities of course).
The Saudis will not accept ESCAS and they have oil....so, guess who will roll over.?...and no guesses as to what will suffer. Egyptian facilities, also ESCAS exempt were government run and it took an Egyptian government vet to blow the whistle there.
Interestingly, this latest blow to animal welfare has been splashed around UK (See http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/animal-welfare-laws-anger-as-barnaby-joyce-plans-to-exempt-saudi-arabia).
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