[Radio Australia, 17 April 2015] Radioa Australia has published an article by Matt Brann that CCTV cameras to be installed in all Vietnamese abattoirs and feedlots handling Australian cattle.

Below is an edited extract of the original article which can be viewed by clicking here.

CCTV cameras will be installed in all Vietnamese feedlots and abattoirs handling Australian cattle as part of a major push by industry to ensure animal welfare standards are met.

The introduction of cameras is one of six new standards that have been agreed upon by exporters and Vietnamese importers.

Alison Penfold, from the Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC), said the rollout of cameras was a world first for the live export industry.

“We will be putting CCTVs into every feedlot and abattoir in every Vietnamese ESCAS supply chain,” she said.

“We’ve already got about 35 cameras operating in the Vietnamese market already. Around 80 facilities will be added.”

The live cattle trade to Vietnam has boomed in recent years, growing from around 2,000 head exported a few years ago to over 180,000 animals in 2014.

Ms Penfold admitted the extreme growth had put pressure on the industry’s ability to meet animal welfare requirements of ESCAS and there had been animals leaking out of some approved supply chains, which had brought about the new set of standards…

“These new standards and conditions on traceability and control will allow us to get to the heart of dealing with these problems that are putting this great market at risk…

“If it’s a significant welfare breach, exporters have agreed they’ll all support the suspension of that facility, meaning no new cattle will be sent to that facility…

Ms Penfold said some Vietnamese facilities had already been suspended because they breached some of the new standards…

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