June 23, 2016

VIETNAM: Australia Exports Live Cattle To Vietnam To Be Slaughtered. Vietnamese Cattle Slaughter Industry Admits It’s Lost Control. INHUMANE DISGUSTING PRACTICES!

The Australian
written by Sue Neales
Saturday June 18, 2016

The future of the nation’s $1.8 billion live cattle trade has been thrown into doubt again as shocking images show many of the 311,000 live cattle exported yearly to Vietnam are being slaughtered brutally in abattoirs not approved by Australian authorities.

Animals Australia, which filmed and released the most recent footage of Australian cattle being sledgehammered and blud­geoned to death, called yesterday for all exports of live cattle to Vietnam to be suspended.

Bill Shorten backed the immediate halt of cattle shipments to suspect Vietnamese meatworks, while the RSPCA and the meatworkers union strengthened their pleas for an end to the “inhumane” live animal trade.

The RSPCA’s chief science and strategy officer, Bidda Jones, said the footage proved that the ­Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, introduced in 2011 to improve animal welfare standards abroad and prevent a repeat of the barbaric cruelty towards Australian cattle uncovered in Indonesia abattoirs, was an “abject failure’’.

“Five years ago, we were promised by the live export industry and the government that this system would ensure that Australian cattle would be slaughtered accord­ing to minimum requirements,” Dr Jones said yesterday.

“(This latest footage) shows Australian animals are still facing shocking treatment within and outside Australian government-approved slaughterhouses; (even) the live export industry has admitted it has lost control in Vietnam.”

The federal Agriculture Department is investigating the malpractices detailed by Animals Australia in its official complaint. They occurred in non-approved village slaughterhouses and in some of the 120 Vietnamese meatworks authorised to receive and kill cattle under Australia’s strict ESCAS requirements.

Cattle producers and exporters yesterday committed to suspending cattle ­exports to ESCAS-­approved meatworks in Vietnam under ­investigation and ban them completely if breaches are proven.

The Australian Livestock ­Exporters Council has also launched an independent inquiry, pledging to try and contain proven “leak­ages” of large numbers of Australian cattle to backyard village slaughterhouses in Vietnam and across the border to China.

Malcolm Turnbull, who said he was “deeply disturbed” by the ­images, said the offending abattoir was not licensed to receive Australian cattle.

“We are the only country that traces the welfare of animals right through the supply chain, so this is being investigated (by the Agricul­t­ure Department and Vietnamese authorities),” the Prime Minister said.

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