Target: Barnaby Joyce, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Goal: Open a case against animal exporters illegally selling livestock to unapproved markets
Australian livestock are being sold in street markets in Middle Eastern countries despite clear laws requiring all exported cattle to be slaughtered in approved abattoirs. When in the hands of private citizens, there is no way to ensure that the animals are killed quickly and humanely. Despite evidence that animals are being slaughtered outside of the supply chain and even used as sacrifices, the Australian government has not laid charges against exporters.
Australia’s Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme, or ESCAS, was implemented in 2012 in response to a public scandal about the cruel treatment of Australian livestock upon export to Indonesia. The law is designed to ensure that all exported livestock are treated humanely before slaughter. The statute holds exporters responsible for how animals are handled in foreign countries.
Animals Australia, an advocacy group, has found ear-tagged Australian livestock in Kuwait, Jordan, and Gaza. While these breaches were reported to the Department of Agriculture, the situation has been allowed to continue for 18 months without an investigation being launched or charges being laid. Of the three million animals exported annually, it is estimated that thousands are pulled out of the supply chain for illegal sale.
Under ESCAS, it is very easy to prosecute exporters for the irresponsible handling of animals within their care, yet the government chooses to let offenders continue to break the law. Sign the petition below to demand that the Australian Department of Agriculture enforces its own animal protection laws by prosecuting those that break them.
Dear Honorable Barnaby Joyce,
Australian livestock are being sold and slaughtered outside of the supply line in Jordan, Gaza, and Kuwait, in direct breach of the Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme. According to reports by advocacy group Animals Australia, exporters are circumventing laws requiring all livestock to be delivered to approved abattoirs, allowing them to be sold in street markets to private citizens to be bled out while conscious or even used as animal sacrifices.
The Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme was designed to ensure that all animals are treated humanely when they arrive in foreign countries. Under the law, exporters can be held liable for animals found outside of approved custody, though the Australian government has made no effort to prosecute the exporters allowing live animals to leak out of the supply chain. I demand an investigation into the previously ignored reports by Animals Australia, which have gone unchecked for 18 months.
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