Societal expectations vs ASEL
Speaking at the livestock export industry conference in Darwin last week, World Organisation for Animal Health director general Dr Bernard Vallat apparently said Australia’s investments in improving animal welfare were welcome, and should be taken to the rest of the world. “Governments, the private sector and international organisations can work together to successfully address societal expectations for animal welfare.”
With respect Dr Vallat, they COULD, if they CHOSE work together but at the moment, even the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) dont meet basic societal expectations in this country. They certainly dont meet expectations of many vets either, including many of those that work on ships....not that the government listens to veterinary advice....well what would vets know about livestock?
As for slaughter, OIE (or otherwise) in distant countries....it would only meet the societal expectations in societies that have no animal welfare legislation.
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