UPDATE: Qatar abattoir suspension resolved
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has approved the resumption of supply of livestock to this abattoir in Qatar.
The corrective actions implemented at the abattoir were prompt and addressed the non-compliant handling identified.
All staff at the abattoir—including those identified in the video footage—have received further training in effective animal handling. Infrastructure at the abattoir was also modified to remove congestion points.
The department has requested ongoing updates from the exporter.
The actions and outcomes resulting from the complaint will be published on the department’s website in due course.
Abattoir suspended in response to alleged ESCAS breaches in Qatar
Friday, 13 April 2018
Animals Australia provided new information including footage to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 9 April 2018 alleging breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) in Qatar.
The allegations include apparent on-selling of sheep to private buyers from the approved supply chain, and mishandling of sheep at an ESCAS approved abattoir in Qatar.
Supply of animals to the abattoir was immediately suspended and any animals already at the abattoir have been removed.
In effect, this means no further Australian sheep can be transported to or slaughtered at this abattoir.
This is the first complaint the department has received about sheep exports to Qatar since the rollout of ESCAS in 2011.
Since 1 March 2018, Animals Australia has provided reports about non-compliant handling of animals in three markets and allegations of sheep outside their approved supply chains in five markets in the Middle East.
The department is investigating these reports.
Details of ongoing investigations and outcomes of finalised investigations are published on the department’s website.