23 October 2012
The Australian exporter Wellard Rural Exports has advised the culling of the sheep in Karachi, Pakistan, has concluded.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian High Commission in Pakistan are working to confirm information relating to the culling.
According to the exporter Wellard, the cull contravened the previous agreement by the local authorities and importer PK Livestock to hand full control of the animals to representatives of the importer and Australian exporter Wellard Rural Exports (WRE).
The agreement was reached after the Sindh High Court received test results from an independent international laboratory that confirmed the sheep were free from the tested diseases and fit for human consumption.
Australia’s consistent position is the sheep are and always were fit and healthy for consumption.
Independent tests supported claims by the Australian Government, importer and exporter that the animals were fit and healthy.
The Court had ordered the cull to be stopped on 22 September. The order was only withdrawn after PK Livestock withdrew its application for a suspension as part of the agreement to return full control of the animals to PK Livestock and WRE for processing under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and in accordance with international animal welfare standards.
Wellard previously self-reported a loss of control of their supply chain in Pakistan when local Sindh authorities entered the facility and commenced culling of sheep. DAFF is conducting a full investigation of this non-compliance under the ESCAS.
There is currently no ban in place for the export of live animals to Pakistan. All applications for export are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For further queries please refer to the media statement of 20 October 2012 by Wellard.