Monday, May 6, 2013

Yet Another Egyptian Live Export Slaughterhouse Debacle

The repetition of savagery in the slaughter of what are alleged to be Australian cattle in Egypt which is to be shown on the 7.30 Report on Monday 6 May 2013 supports animal welfare groups’ skepticism about the live export industry claims that exporting live animals overseas lifts animal welfare in those destinations.

For some peculiar reason despite the 2006 Australian cattle slaughter cruelty precedent in Egypt which led to a three or four year ban on the exports of live cattle to Egypt, the ESCAS protocols introduced after the Indonesian live export ban in 2011 have not been applied in Egypt.

The Australian Live Export Council, Cattle Council and the National Farmers Federation have announced that they will now collectively write to Minister Ludwig and ask him to include Egypt in the ESCAS system!

Apparently these August bodies have now pledged to:

• provide additional training for all Egyptian feedlot and abattoirs workers handling Australian cattle,

• place animal welfare officers in those facilities, and

• ensure that “suitably trained” handlers or vets undertake all emergency slaughter of injured livestock.


Why the hell weren’t Egypt’s two abattoir facilities slaughtering Australian cattle included in the ESCAS system from the outset?

Why weren’t Egyptian feedlot and abattoir workers handling Australian cattle given adequate training from the outset?

Why wait until now to make the decision to put animal welfare officers in the Egyptian feedlot and abattoir facilities?

Why didn’t the existing protocols and training ensure that either suitably trained handlers or vets undertook all emergency slaughter of injured livestock?

Why do the representatives of the cattle industry continue to just be reactive to each animal welfare atrocity rather than pro-active and preventative?

Australian cattle prices have crashed to record lows in real terms this year because of the drought and fall in live cattle exports.

Australian cattle producers cannot afford another prolonged live export ban.

Those concerned about animal welfare cannot and will not tolerate the continuation of sadistic slaughter of Australian cattle in overseas abattoirs.

Cattle producers across Australia, whether they be live exporters or not, deserve better representation than they are currently receiving from their representative bodies.


ADDENDUM

Dr Mahmound Abdelwahab, the Egyptian veterinary and whistle blower who alerted Animals Australia to the sadistic slaughter of Australian cattle in Egyptian Abattoirs shown on the 7:30pm Cruellest Cut Report on Monday 6 May 2013 said that he had contacted Animals Australia to take footage of the cruel slaughter practices to send a message to the world and induce Australia to put pressure on the Egyptian Government to improve its abattoir standards.

Dr Mahmound Abdelwahab’s statement on the 7:30pm Cruellest Cut Report seems to answer Animal Australia’s questioning on their website of the live export industry's claims that exporting live animals overseas lifts animal welfare in those destinations.

At the very least Dr Mahmound Abdelwahab was attempting to use the footage of the sadistic slaughter of Australian cattle to create a reaction in Australia which would put pressure on the Egyptian Government to improve its own slaughter practices. 

Time will tell whether Dr Mahmound Abdelwahab’s schemes of improving inhumane slaughter practices in Egypt will succeed.



Read more about the Egyptian slaughterhouse debacle and the industry response at Hunt Partners’ website here.

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