Tony Abbott our newly elected Prime Minister and Julie Bishop MP announced in their election campaigning that they would visit Indonesia and apologise to the Indonesian Government, for our suspension (for a few weeks) of the LIve Export Trade when it was discovered that Indonesia was systemically abusing and torturing our Cattle.
Tony Abbott has done just that on his visit to Jakarta. He said he was sorry for “Australia cancelling the live cattle trade in panic at a TV program”. Mr Abbott a comprehensive investigation of this ACTUAL footage , PROVED that this cruelty not only existed but was SYSTEMIC.
And now we have the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Joyce hinting he will look at loosening ESCAS – the basic framework to Audit and set guidelines for 3rd world animal welfare. ESCAS was enforced on this Industry as it had for 20 years failed to ensure the welfare of it’s animals, and still it seems with ESCAS in place, continues to be responsible for cruelty to Australian Live Stock on a mass scale.
Australia had been exporting Cattle to Indonesia for over 20 years, and it took just one Australian woman with a Camera to show the world what this Industry was profiting from – Cruel, heinous handling and slaughter – kicking, roping, stabbing, eye gouging, whipping, beating, tripping over, Australian Live Export officials had only recently visited and had on their own records witnessed similar slaughter but did NOTHING to stop or change it.
The MLA’s own report, an Industry report had reported the same cruelty in their visit to Indonesian Abattoirs, yet nothing was done other than outlining some “recommendations”. They even sang the praises of the infamous cruel Mark 1 boxes, which was their version of World Class Animal Welfare – which was shunned and denounced by the worlds leading Animal Welfare/Agricultural experts such as Dr Temple Grandin.
Mr Abbott Australians are NOT sorry that we suspended Trade whilst we ensured that our animals were protected! Australians are NOT sorry that we acted to stop this cruel trade with a cruel history and demanded that the Live Export industry clean up their bloody act.
Australians are NOT sorry that the Live Export Industry failed these animals, if this cruelty and torture had occurred on our shores, their actions would be criminal, but their crimes go unpunished as they benefit from their cheap overseas slaughter model of business which allows them to operate in countries with NO animal welfare laws or standards.
The Liberal Coalition Government is determined to expand Live Export, regardless that it is a dying and outdated trade as Global Chilled Meats expand (and yes we supply larger quantities of chilled meat to the same countries we send Live animals to, Live Export just use the cheap labor to increase their profits and take jobs away from Aussie meat workers), and regardless of the serious history of animal abuse and the risks of the animals welfare.
TELL TONY ABBOTT AND JULIE BISHOP THAT YOU WON’T HAVE THEM APOLOGISE IN YOUR NAME! AUSTRALIA IS NOT SORRY FOR LIVE EXPORTS SUFFERING AND ANIMAL CRUELTY AND AUSTRALIA SAYS NO TO LIVE EXPORTS!