The Land, 25 August 2015. Calls for Vietnam live ex ban rejected, by Colin Bettles.

Below is an edited extract of the original article.

CALLS to impose a voluntary industry suspension on live cattle exports to Vietnam, while ongoing concerns about supply chain breaches remain unresolved, have been roundly rejected.

Animals Australia spokesperson Lisa Chalk said five more reports had been made to the Department of Agriculture about the Vietnam market, since serious allegations were raised in May of Australian cattle being killed with a sledgehammer, outside of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

Ms Chalk also questioned the industry’s lack of response to a six-point plan that outlined additional animal welfare measures like mandatory CCTV in ESCAS facilities…

In a statement to Fairfax Media, Animals Australia chief investigator Lyn White outlined the latest reported ESCAS breach, saying hundreds of Australian cattle had “disappeared” from a feedlot in Vietnam over the past two weeks, with their fate “unknown”…

But Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) CEO Alison Penfold said suspending the entire Vietnam market was not the way forward because exporters were working with local importers to “fix the problems that exist, at the source”

Ms Penfold said industry acknowledged issues remained that needed repairing in the Vietnam market “and we are taking steps to do so”…

“We are putting people on the escalator towards welfare stands that meet or exceed OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) and that will remain front and centre of our work in Vietnam (she said)…

 

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