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CCTV cameras will never ensure the absence of abuse

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It appears that the live animal export industry is perhaps expecting a pat on the back for its latest initiative: closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all Vietnamese abattoirs processing Australian cattle.

CCTV cameras work after the fact - they do not prevent abuse; it is unconscionable that industry is knowingly sending cattle into situations where there is a very real risk of them being exposed to horrendous abuse... to a country, a realtively new market that has an horrific record already of, at the very best, not strictly adhering to ESCAS requirements and at the very worst, of supply chain leaks which saw Australian cattle having their spinal chords severed whilst fully conscious and stunning of those cattle attempted with a sledge hammer.

CCTV cameras also do nothing to address the problem of such supply chain leakages. The government and the industry must safeguard the process and the supply chain FIRST, before sending any animals in; if extreme growth has compromised industry's ability to meet the already extremely low animal welfare requirements, then industry needs to regain that ability before sending animals back into those markets.

Vietnam CattleIn the event that footage is captured of ESCAS or OIE breaches, that footage must be made available to the public, or at the very least to those animal protection agencies who have a knowledge of the industry and a history of involvement, in the interests of transparency and accountability.

The prime consideration for all exporters and suppliers is always maintaining or expanding the market and making a profit - this can never be congruous with the best consideration for the animals welfare - that always comes at very best, a poor second.

It is absurd for the government to expect anyone to believe their claims that animal welfare is a high priority for them in consideration of the live export industry whilst they refuse to impose any regulatory action on any of the repeat offender exporters. It's all well and good for Ms Penfold to talk the talk, but let's see if government and industry can or will walk the walk.

The only fail-safe way to ensure the best possible welfare outcome for any animals being sent from Australia to Vietnam or any other country, is to slaughter them IN Australia, under Australian law, to Australian standards.

Katrina Love 20 April 2015

Read Matt Brann's ABC article "CCTV cameras to be installed in all Vietnamese abattoirs and feedlots handling Australian cattle" here.

Comments

  • Stopthesheep Sunday, 25 October 2015

    I totally agree. Several investigations have already been launched to reveal horrible reality of how the live export process works. There has been a huge public outcry about the issue and it was only then the government took any form of public action to take care of the problem. But the ESCAS law is still being breached, with the supply chain breaking up to send Australian animals to unapproved markets where the animals suffer from brutality. Having CCTV installed in certain locations does not help prevent the fundamental problem. It just means that they need to find an alternative way to breach the regulation. What we need is stronger regulations implemented for both exporting Australian industry and importing industries to control and monitor their actions. My blog talks about the continuous problem as well. www.stopthesheepaustralia.wordpress.com

    Stop the Sheep
    Lucy Lee

  • Deborah Rowe Friday, 17 June 2016

    It is completely abhorrent that Australia continues to send live cattle to Vietnam and to a completely cruel along painful death. It is backward and fills me with disgust. These animals deserve to be treated with the respect and care they deserve. It is totally shocking that Australia continues to send to a country that has shown itself to not treat these poor defenceless creatures with compassion. It disgusts me to the core.

  • Anne Meaney Tuesday, 04 October 2016

    One word 'Holocaust'. Animals should not be bred to be tortured nor eaten. Do not to breed them at all. People are brainwashed through culture and media to believe that animals were created to be eaten by humans. Animals deserve respect of not being bred at all if they are not bred to be pets.

  • Dash Symons Thursday, 16 February 2017

    I do not support animal cruelty and this is very sad that they still continue this kind of activity. People these days are growing with out of compassion to animals. Deborah Rowe was right, every animal deserves respect and care.

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