Government can't stop live export cruelty: Ballina vet

LIVE trade export protocols have been tightened after ABC's Four Corners program exposed horrific scenes of cruelty to Australian cattle while being slaughtered in Indonesian abattoirs.

After a public outcry, the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, suspended the trade and later announced an independent review of Australia's live export trade conducted by Bill Farmer AO. Now the regulatory scheme governing animal exports is the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

RELATED: Grand live export plan: Northern Rivers to Indonesia

Local Ballina vet and live trade opponent Peter Kerkenezov has warned local producers against the live trade.

The former naval seaman who worked on ships carrying live exports, said ESCAS protocols would "never work".

"Producers, make no mistake, once your animals are on that ship they don't belong to you. It doesn't matter what the Australian government does, they have no authority," he said.

"We've seen cattle slaughtered with sledgehammers in Vietnam and drowned by putting water down their windpipes.

"Producers, don't get blinded by the warm, fuzzy feeling of the money. The animals will be killed in the cruelest ways."



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