Australia will re-commence exporting sheep and cattle to Egypt after an investigation into severe animal cruelty at two Egyptian abattoirs had prompted a complete ban two years ago. Sheep haven’t been exported to Egypt since 2006.
An agreement between Egyptian and Australian governments will see the adoption of Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which require exporters to ensure that supply chains are consistent with OIE animal health and welfare standards.
We could not have hoped for a worse outcome. Tragically, the previous abuse had occurred under the supposedly watchful eye of our export industry, inside what at the time were regarded as 'state of the art' facilities, Sokhna and Ismailia. If we failed to safeguard the animals' welfare then, how can we possibly have assurance that we will be able to now, especially given our poor track record of pressing charges under ESCAS.
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