AUSTRALIA: Cattle exports axed over cruelty claims
Posted: May 28th, 2011 - 10:53am
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's livestock industry has suspended cattle exports to three Indonesian abattoirs because of animal cruelty.
LiveCorp said it was handed "graphic and distressing" video footage on Tuesday which showed the beasts being mistreated.
The livestock body moved immediately to contact its Indonesian counterpart, which has control of the cattle once on Indonesian soil, and demand the abattoirs be struck off as clients.
The counterpart agreed.
"Cruelty to Australian animals is simply unacceptable," LiveCorp chief executive Cameron Hall said in a statement on Friday.
"We will not tolerate it."
The footage was filmed by animal activists and also showed exposed a fourth facility for poor animal handling practices, although cattle supply has not been halted there.
The facility will undergo an intensive training program delivered by a team of Australian experts who are flying to Indonesia this weekend.