Department acts on complaint alleging animal welfare concerns in Israel

​The Australian Department of Agriculture is acting on a complaint received on 27 May, 2015, alleging instances of animal welfare concern at an approved abattoir in Israel.

The complaint includes footage of cattle slaughter practices that may be distressing to the community.

The Australian Government shares the community’s concerns about the welfare of animals.

The Department of Agriculture is, as the industry regulator, taking action to investigate animal welfare concerns relating to Australian cattle at the abattoir.

The information in the complaint has been provided to Israeli authorities for investigation and any necessary actions.

The department has contacted exporters who supply the abattoir seeking more information about the complaint and requiring assurances that international animal welfare standards are being met at the facility.

The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was established to maintain the livestock export trade while delivering animal welfare outcomes.

ESCAS enables the Department of Agriculture to review the performance of exporters, investigate complaints and incidents of non-compliance, compel industry to adopt additional measures to mitigate risks and take action against exporters under relevant legislation when necessary.

The findings of the complaint will be published in an ESCAS regulatory performance report.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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