RSPCA Australia is urging the government to protect animals from the cruelty of the live export trade and transition to meat-only exports.
‚ÄúAustralia has some of the world‚Äôs strictest domestic slaughter regulations and yet Australian animals are exported to destinations that don‚Äôt even have basic animal welfare laws in place,‚Äù said Ms Heather Neil, CEO RSPCA Australia.
‚ÄúEven with the implementation of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which only came about because of continued pressure from animal welfare groups like the RSPCA, horrific cruelty still continues.
‚ÄúThe government‚Äôs own review of ESCAS clearly states that ‚Äòit is not known what proportion of non-compliance is detected and reported‚Äô further proof that the government doesn‚Äôt know the real extent of cruelty occurring,‚Äù said Ms Neil.
‚ÄúAustralians have repeatedly witnessed animals being abused, shoved live into car boots, slaughtered in the street and killed while fully conscious, and this is just the cruelty we know of - imagine how much is continuing undetected.
‚ÄúThe best protection for our animals is to slaughter them here and export meat not live animals,‚Äù Ms Neil.
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