Sentient continues to lobby against the live animal export trade.
We recently emailed Senator Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, circulating copies to all other MPs, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, to express our disapproval of the inadequate outcome of DAFF’s investigation into the brutal slaughter of sheep in Kuwait.
Animals Australia formally reported this incident in August 2012, yet the outcome of DAFF’s investigation was not published until May 16 2013. There were minimal consequences for exporters, and certainly not the loss of license that would be expected for confirmed severe breaches of international welfare standards (minimal as they are) and a failure of the ESCAS system to restrict animals to approved supply chains.
We also expressed our concerns about the government’s failure to permanently cease trade with Egypt in light of the barbaric treatment of Australian cattle in two abattoirs described by industry as ‘state of the art’. This was again exposed by Animals Australia rather than DAFF, the official ‘regulator’.
Sentient will continue to urge the government to phase out live exports and support the transition towards a chilled and frozen meat trade, with mandatory pre-slaughter stunning and humane restraints being used in the interim. Please read our letter in full and help to maintain pressure on the government by writing individually to Senator Ludwig and your local MP.
Download the letter here.