A week after the Four Corners expose on live cattle exports shocked the nation, the government is set to announce further bans that sees trade restricted to just 10 abattoirs in Indonesia.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports permits would be issued only for cattle sent to 10 abattoirs – those deemed class A facilities that use modern restraining boxes and stunning to render cattle unconscious before it is killed.
Also amongst the changes are that animal welfare officers be placed permanently at abattoirs, a strict accreditation regime for Indonesian feedlots and the introduction ”as soon as practicable” of an electronic monitoring system of cattle.
The restrictions are expected to severely hit the $300m livestock industry hard.
Another 15 abattoirs, deemed class B facilities, may be credited after an independent assessment, assistance to improve their restraint boxes and encouragement to adopt stun guns.
Electronic tagging would also be introduced, giving the cattle a barcode. Feedlots and abattoirs would swipe the ear tags through readers to track the cattle from the farm to the abbatoir.
A complete ban is still a possibility, after a ban to 12 abattoirs announced on Friday, has been panned as unenforceable and inadequate. Australian cattle is slaughtered at more than 100 abattoirs in Indonesia.
The Four Corners report by Sarah Ferguson last week lit up talkback radio and online forums with outrage over the treatment of cattle, including from politicians.