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"The ban was lifted a month after it was introduced.

Indonesia subsequently introduced import quotas in an effort to lift the country's self-sufficiency, cutting Australian beef imports by 75 per cent."

Actually... Indonesia imposed a 350 kg weight restriction and cut quotas from 750,000 head to 420,000 (a 44% reduction) from 2009 to 2011 PRIOR to the five week suspension. After the suspension, they imposed a further 34% reductio, cutting quotas from 420,000 to 276,000. They never fail to forget to mention that.

They also ignore the fact that Australia was aware of Indonesia's goal for self sufficiency as early as 2007, yet failed to plan for the quota cuts in line with trying to achieve that self-sufficiency.

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Regardless of the quota cuts pre and post-suspension, the fact is, the exposure of the ongoing issues in Indonesian slaughterhouses led to a five week suspension, and that five week suspension led to the implementation of ESCAS and the increase in stunning rates for Australian cattle sent to Indonesia from 10% to 80-90% (and a flow on of stunning to non-Australian cattle). Under threat of industry closure, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) achieved in 18 months what they had been unwilling or unable to achieve in the previous 18 years; this indicates to us how seriously they took animal welfare - they were aware of all the issue that were exposed thanks to Lyn White, Animals Australia and Four Corners - they just did nothing about them until they were forced to. KL

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The latest intensive investigation by Animals Australia has, as expected, demonstrated that ESCAS is still not working and regulatory safeguards put in place nearly three years ago are being ignored.

I would urge you to NOT watch the video, but please do familiarise yourself with the rest of the page - we can't possibly put anything together that matches Animals Australia's comprehensive report.

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Sheep suffering on metal tray in full sun and extreme heat, Kuwait Oct 2014. Image: Animals Australia

The LSS-owned and operated Maysora has just loaded in Adelaide (including camels) and has set sail for Fremantle to load more animals bound for the Gulf. We will have a welcoming committe for them on the dock - please stay tuned for final details, either through our website's action alerts or via our Facebook page.

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A fire broke out on board the Ocean Drover whilst docked at number 1 berth in Fremantle port this morning befor 8.00 AM. Thankfully no animals had yet been loaded, despite the ship having been in dock since 3 October. It has been reported that livestock trucks were removed from the dock due to the possibility of toxic smoke, so loading must have been imminent.

Apparently the fire broke out in crew's quarters -we hope they are all safe and accounted for.

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Had this happened 24 hours later, or at sea, the outcome could have been catastrophic. There have been countless livestock ship disasters at sea which have seen thousands of animals die - from less than a hundred to the entire shipment - some from weather events, some from ventialtion breakdown, some from drowning, and these two (that we know about) from fire:

  • 1980 The total cargo (40,605 sheep) perish in a fire aboard the Farid Fares.
  • 1996 67,488 sheep died when fire broke out on board the Uniceb; 8 days elapsed before any rescue attempt was made.

Live animal export is not only inherently cruel, it is inherently risky; placing animals at increased risk for increased profit is just not morally justifiable.

We would speculate that the ship would now not be inhabitable without repairs and imagine that the cattle that were due to be loaded, bound for Indonesia, will be returned to the feedlot to await another Wellard vessel. The Ocean Outback is currently in Singapore and the Ocean Swagman in China. KL

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Picture: one of the Australian cattle stabbed in the eyes.

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And here we go for Round 3.

The live cattle trade to Egypt was suspended in February 2006 after footage emerged showing Australian cattle having their eyes stabbed and rear leg tendons slashed to incapacitate them; the suspension was lifted in May 2009 after the construction of a state-of-the-art "closed loop" feedlot and abattoir and iron-clad assurances that animals would be well-treated.

In May last year, trade was suspended again after footage was supplied by an Egyptian vet, showing Australian cattle being stabbed in the eyes and having their rear leg tendons slashed to incapacitate them. There was also horrific footage of cattle being slaughtered in incorrectly operated full inversion slaughter boxes - these boxes are banned in Australia, USA and the UK because of the pain and trauma they cause the cattle.

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A BILL to ban live animal exports will be reintroduced in the Senate this week by the Australian Greens as the party ramps up calls to replace live ex with a boxed meat trade.
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Image: Animals Australia

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