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AA stands by cruelty complaint

Animals Australia (AA) investigator Lyn White said the animal rights group remained “absolutely confident” in the accuracy of the information provided to them, after the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) found no evidence to support an allegation of cruelty to Australian cattle in an Indonesia abattoir, stemming from an AA complaint in October last year. Ms White said it was a “significant concern and flaw” in the live export regulatory system that DAFF’s ability to investigate breaches of ESCAS in importing countries is reliant on the cooperation of the exporter and MLA. She said MLA has made it clear that they will not report breaches of ESCAS if they see them, despite this being in stark contrast with the Minister’s expectations. Ms White said therefore DAFF’s inability to confirm non-compliance, doesn’t mean that this breach did not occur. Last week the Department released the findings of its investigation into the alleged incident, which suggested Australian cattle were slaughtered using traditional roping methods at an abattoir in West Java on September 27 to 28 last year. The traditional slaughtering method doesn’t meet animal welfare guidelines, or the OIE standards, set out under the government’s new Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS). The Department said its investigation sought and obtained information from a range of sources including industry and Animals Australia, concluding there was “no evidence to support the allegation”. The Cattle Council of Australia declined to comment, as did Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig. “The Land” http://www.theland.com.au/news/nationalrural/livestock/beef-cattle/aa-stands-by-cruelty-complaint/2646173.aspx

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