ABC Rural, 28 May 2015. Livestock exporters unlikely to heed calls for suspension of trade to Vietnam, by Michael Cavanagh.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

Australia’s livestock exporters say they would look at proposals to suspend trade to Vietnam, but only if there were major breaches.

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC), which represents around 60 licence holders, met on Wednesday in Canberra with the RSPCA and lobby group Animals Australia…

There have been calls to suspend the exports to Vietnam in the past couple of months

“Our view is that we are addressing issues where there are, but there are functioning supply chains that are meeting the standards,” Ms Alison Penfold, [CEO, Australian Livestock Export Council].

“A number of significant investments being made by people who are doing the right thing. We need to protect their investment.”

Animals Australia released a photo last week allegedly showing an Australian animal being killed with a sledgehammer in Vietnam, a claim disputed by Ms Penfold.

“The suggestion that Australian animals that are in supply chains that are approved are being treated with sledgehammer abuse is not accurate,” she said.

On the same day that Ms Penfold met with the animal welfare groups, she also sat down with Vietnam’s ambassador to Australia.

“He reinforced and said publicly the commitment to support ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System). The Vietnamese Parliament itself is debating animal welfare laws,” she said.



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