Government halts all cattle exports to Indonesia
In a major win to ABC's Four Corners, the Gillard government has agreed to suspend all live cattle exports to Indonesia.
In a major win to animal activists, and ABC’s Four Corners, the Gillard government has agreed to suspend all live cattle exports to Indonesia.
Prime Minister Gillard, speaking on the issue for the first time, said people had been rightly shocked at the video footage of cruelty to animals.
”In light of the evidence presented to us, we have resolved to put a total suspension in place,” Ms Gillard said. ”This suspension will remain until we can make sure cattle from Australia are treated properly at every step of the supply chain.
”We will be working closely with Indonesia, and with the industry, to make sure we can bring about major change to the way cattle are handled in these slaughter houses.”
The move could cost the industry up to $320 million.
Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s initial response, which took two days to implement, was to ban the export of cattle to 12 known rogue abattoirs. But Cabinet agreed to the complete ban on Monday.
The action is a significant achievement by Four Corners ahead of its 50th anniversary on air in August. Five years ago similar footage of live cattle exports to Egypt forced the Australian Government to suspend trade.
Source: The Age