Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig should take the lead of Australian company International Livestock Exports (ILE) which today moved to voluntarily suspend all cattle shipments to an Indonesian abattoir featured in the shocking footage of animal cruelty released this week, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (Perth exporter halts shipment of live cattle, p3, AFR).
“Export company ILE has given a higher priority to animal welfare than Senator Ludwig, leap-frogging the government’s stalling and admitting that it is highly likely that at least one of the two abattoirs featured had received Australian cattle, ” said Senator Rhiannon.
“It is a sorry state of affairs when the government is left defending a system that even an export company has admitted is flawed.
“ILE Director Michael Stanton admits that it is not possible to have inspectors in abattoirs 24/7.
“The public have now heard straight from the horse’s mouth that the new system is flawed.
“If the supply chain assurance system cannot be monitored and enforced then it should go.
“Senator Ludwig has dropped the ball on this issue. It is fuel for the argument that there should be a full-time Minister dedicated to animal welfare.
“The Greens are calling on Senator Ludwig to immediately suspend the export licenses of all companies shipping cattle from Australian to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs and move to ban live exports ”, said Senator Rhiannon.