INDONESIAN workers confused by Australian animal welfare concerns
Posted: June 3rd, 2012 - 10:08pm
Source: ABC Rural
Indonesia's biggest cattle importer says it's been difficult to get the industry to accept new regulations set by the Australian government.
It's a year since the live export trade with Indonesia was banned, following shocking television footage of Australian cattle being abused in Indonesian abattoirs.
Since then the government has introduced a welfare monitoring program that Australian exporters must comply with.
Bruce Warren works for processing company Santori.
He says implementing the new Supply Chain Assurance program has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"We've had a system of traceability in place for many years, we use stunning and we've used knocking boxes for a number of years.
"But for selling into the wet market using other people's abattoirs we had to bring up to speed and for our company that's cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Currently I think we have only got 14 abattoirs (not owned by Santori) to comply."
Bruce Warren is the value adding manager for Santori.
He says the Indonesian workers have struggled to accept the changes.