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More animal cruelty claims in Malaysia

Footage has emerged of animal cruelty from Malaysia.

Footage has emerged of animal cruelty from Malaysia. Photo: Michele Mossop

The controversial live exports trade is facing further scrutiny with fresh allegations of cruelty, this time concerning Australian goats and cattle in Malaysia.

Already reeling from footage of Australian cattle being brutally slaughtered in Egypt, footage has emerged of goats being stuffed into sacks and put in the boot of a sedan in Malaysia.

In 2011 cruelty to Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs led to a month-long trade suspension and tough new rules for exporters. The rules require the whole supply chain, including abattoirs, to meet world standards with no sale or slaughter of animals outside of approved facilities.

The Malaysian footage, shot by Animals Australia activists, shows goats being sold outside of approved facilities for private slaughter. The investigation also documented cattle allegedly being killed in a substandard manner.

Malaysia accounted for 85 per cent of Australia's live goat exports in 2010-11. Last year more than 59,000 goats were exported there.

Critics of the industry, including many on Labor's backbench, say the recent revelations put the trade on a last warning and highlight the need for an independent office of animal welfare.

Official budget costings prepared for the Greens and seen by Fairfax Media show that setting up the office would cost $500,000. Labor's national conference and caucus have endorsed the idea but the government is yet to act.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said the price tag was cost-neutral because the office would simply take the animal welfare officers from within the agriculture office and place them in a separate department. '

Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White said Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig's recent claim that 99.9 per cent of Australia's exported animals had good animal welfare outcomes was ''at complete odds with the facts''.

''Not only are the majority of exported animals subjected to traumatic forms of restraint before having their throats cut whilst fully conscious, Animals Australia is consistently providing [the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry] with evidence that required standards and regulations are being breached,'' Ms White said.

Live Exporters Council chief executive Alison Penfold said any allegation needed to be investigated. She said the system allowed problems to ''identify, isolate and fix issues when they arise rather than shutting down a whole trade''.

''We oppose all animal cruelty and Australia is the only country of 100 exporting nations that is investing in continuously improving global animal welfare through our training and investment in infrastructure in our destination markets,'' she said.

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47 comments

  • "Already reeling from footage of Australian cattle being brutally slaughtered in Egypt, "
    Do we even know if they were australian cattle?

    Commenter
    Jimc
    Date and time
    May 09, 2013, 6:37AM
    • They're branded. That's how they know.

      But I'd like to know when this hideous cruelty trade will end.

      We can process it here. It will be cheaper for them anyway. And create jobs here. There's no good reason to continue it.

      Stop this trade!

      Commenter
      this is why I vote green
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 9:28AM
    • Yes, We have a very strict paper work trail when it comes to import/export of livestock/plants, live or dead. Particulary since BSE. But that's besides the point.
      At least we're getting rid of some feral goats in the process, but no excuses for abject cruelty.

      Commenter
      A country gal
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 9:46AM
    • tiwivg,

      Cattle from all around the globe are branded.

      Are you only concerned with the welfare of Australian animals?

      ACG - i am aware of the controls, you may have even heard of NILS which negates a lot of the paperwork. Where is the evidence they came from Australia?

      Commenter
      Jimc
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 10:54AM
    • ACG - what makes you think the goats were feral?

      Commenter
      Jimc
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 10:56AM
    • Jimc
      Being concerned about the welfare of animals in this scenario doesn't preclude being concerned about animals in other circumstances from other countries. The issue is cruelty. Is this OK with you?

      Commenter
      LucilleBluth
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 11:20AM
    • Lucille, perhaps you could enlighten me as to how much influence we would have on their slaughtering practice if we aren't sending them livestock?

      Commenter
      Jimc
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 12:38PM
    • Jimc's kindergarten lesson for the day:

      1. Yes they are Australian.

      2. Yes, we care about the welfare of animals from overseas.

      3. Yes, as Australian citizens we feel a duty and responsibility to speak out about the barbaric practice of live export from Australia.

      Lesson over. Any more inane questions?

      Commenter
      Kindy Teacher
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 1:36PM
    • No one ships as much livestock as we do. It's barbaric. We don't have any influence, I think that is quite obvious.

      Commenter
      this is why I vote green
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 2:02PM
    • I daresay the animals don't know they're 'Australian' but would feel pain the same way as any other.

      Commenter
      Andrew
      Location
      Geraldton
      Date and time
      May 09, 2013, 2:08PM

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