RSPCA Australia is calling on the government to come clean on the extent and location of the facilities animals exported live for slaughter can end up in, following today’s release of seven Department of Agriculture reports into breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and high mortality incidents during live export voyages.
The reports reveal serious animal welfare issues and highlight the severe risks associated with allowing hundreds of supply chains to operate globally.
The incidents recorded in these reports include:
It is impossible for the Australian Government be confident of the fate of exported animals when they are being delivered into multiple supply chains in multiple countries.
These reports represent just those breaches of ESCAS that have actually been reported to the authorities – mostly by independent groups - the reality of the situation will be much worse than shown here.
The Australian community expects that the issues highlighted in these reports be comprehensively dealt with before any new markets or supply chains are even considered.
The RSPCA is considering the implications of the seven reports released before providing further detailed comment.
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