Call on the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce MP to stand up for Australian animals and farmers and end the live export trade.
Update: 3 October 2013. Since footage of horrendous cruelty towards sheep and cattle at the Bakar Tnuva abattoir went to air on 7:30, four employees of the facility have been indicted in Israel for cruelty and causing bodily harm to animals.
The release of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) report into cruelty at an Israeli abattoir in 2012 has once again highlighted the failings of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and the auditing process used to implement it.
You can demand that action is taken and improvements are made by writing to your local Member of Parliament and Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. By imploring them to strengthen the ESCAS auditing system, you can help ensure such animal cruelty never occurs again.
The report was done following an ABC 7:30 program aired in December 2012 that exposed shocking cruelty towards sheep and cattle in the Bakar Tnuva abattoir in Israel.
You can watch 7:30’s report at: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3652525.htm
The footage, filmed by an undercover Israeli journalist, showed sheep being aggressively beaten, thrown and dragged by a single leg to move them to a slaughter area and injured cattle being repeatedly shocked on the face, eyes and genitals with an electric prodder.
DAFF’s report into the footage concludes that, because the incidents occurred prior to the first consignment of cattle being exported under ESCAS, no breaches were made and therefore no regulatory action will be taken.
“Planning for a future without live exports is in the best interests of Australian animals and a sustainable livestock industry in this country. “
What the report fails to address is how the abattoir passed an ESCAS audit with only a non-compliance order to fix a rusty gate, and yet 3 months later systemic animal abuse was recorded.
ESCAS’s auditing system has failed to protect Australian animals and it is these flaws that must be addressed immediately if the Australian public is to have any trust in the scheme.
Live export is inherently cruel and senseless trade. Planning for a future without it is in the best interests of Australian animals and a sustainable livestock industry in this country. However, while it continues, it is imperative that the assurance scheme and auditing system in place actually work.