On 30 April 2013, Minister Ludwig, released a media release: Working group report recommendations adopted
The Final Report to Australian Government Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on Breeder Livestock Exports has been issued.*
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has coordinated the review on behalf of the Industry Government Implementation Group (IGIG), in response to recommendation 14 from the Independent Review of Australia's Livestock Export Trade (the Farmer Review).
The IGIG includes members from the peak industry bodies, major exporters, state and territory representatives as well as officials from DAFF.
The review looked at the current system and processes and identified improvements to better ensure the welfare of exported breeder livestock.
Summary of the Recommendations:
- In conjunction with industry, DAFF should review existing criteria and processes for confirming the legitimacy of breeding livestock consignments over the next six months.
- Over the next six months the Australian livestock export industry should continue its work to establish an industry-based arrangement for managing the risks of leakage of Australian breeder livestock where they are held in the same ESCAS facility as feeder/slaughter animals exported under ESCAS arrangements.
- The Australian Government, with the support of the live export industry will continue to pursue continuous improvement in the implementation of international animal welfare standards through the OIE.
Export businesses will continue to provide pre and post sale support to assist improvements within individual breeding facilities.
Industry will continue to develop research, development and extension materials to support exporters and other extension service providers in increasing awareness and improvements in animal welfare.
- The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry should require a declaration that the exporter has completed due diligence and the exporter is satisfied that acceptable animal welfare outcomes will be achieved at the first breeder facility in the importing country.
Where livestock are distributed for poverty alleviation purposes, exporters should be satisfied that the gifting agency has arrangements in place to deliver adequate husbandry knowledge and experience.
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