Sheep Central reports that DAWR has now cleared the way for live sheep and goat exports to Saudi Arabia. The (now updated) article cites a spokesperson saying that exports must be managed in accordance with the ESCAS; although this was not initially made clear.
Live sheep have not been exported to Saudi Arabia for about 10 years, because the Saudi Government had refused to comply with ESCAS requirements. However, government and industry have brokered a new deal, the details of which are yet to be made public.
Regardless of any agreement reached, and regardless of Saudi Arabia’s lack of animal welfare regulations and long history of rejecting shipments, this trade route, like every other live export trade route, is just another animal welfare disaster waiting to happen.
There’s no reason why we can’t process these animals humanely in Australia for the socio-economic benefit of Australians and so that Australian voters can be proud of their nation’s agriculture industry instead of being shamed by it.