The Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra, yesterday (21 May 2015), issued the following statement in response to allegations that Australian cattle have been slaughtered by sledgehammer in Vietnam.
Statement by the spokesman of the Embassy of Viet Nam in Australia
Viet Nam has issued many legal documents regulating the slaughtering process of livestock. To ensure the welfare of animals, the Government has set out various standards for transportation, abattoir conditions, humane slaughtering process…. In fact, livestock slaughtering establishments are under strict monitor of Veterinary Departments and agencies concerned.
As for live cattle imported from Australia, approved abattoirs in Viet Nam have been operating fully in compliance with Australian Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, as it is beneficial not only for Vietnamese consumers but also for Australian farmers.
Regarding reports in some of Australian newspapers, the Embassy has forwarded them to relevant authorities in Viet Nam for clarification, and believes that proper actions would be taken if it is a case.
- To view the above statement on the Vietnamese Embassy’s website, click here.