PRESS RELEASE: Minister and live export industry guilty of lies and cover-ups

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On JUN 17, 2016

MINISTER & LIVE EXPORT INDUSTRY GUILTY OF LIES AND COVER-UPS

Barnaby Joyce's lauding of a token suspension of 2 approved abattoirs in Vietnam is nothing more than a ploy to get live export off the front page during his re-election campaign.

The shocking vision of Australian cattle being sledgehammered in Vietnam occurred in a non-approved abattoir and their presence in ten other sledgehammering abattoirs outside approved supply chains, reveals widespread corruption of Australian live export regulations.

"No action that the Minister or industry has taken will prevent the sledgehammering of Australian cattle continuing in Vietnam," said Animals Australia Chief Investigator Lyn White.

"Exporters have approved some 200 abattoirs throughout Vietnam, losing all possibility of maintaining control of these animals. Minister Joyce praised the suspension of a token two abattoirs for the purposes of a media grab."

"Barnaby Joyce continues to support an industry that has a clear track record of cruelty, corruption and cover-ups. His department is conflicted and being controlled by ruthless live export companies."

"Why were the exporters responsible for cattle who were sledgehammered in 2013 and 2015 not prosecuted? Why, when found responsible for such egregious breaches of regulations are they still exporting to Vietnam? This is outrageous and exactly why Australian cattle remain at risk of this shocking cruelty."

"The Department, the Minister and Simon Crean all know that the regulatory system in Vietnam has been corrupted and that protections for Australian cattle are failing."

"The only legitimate response in light of horrific cruelty is to halt the trade."

Any investigation must determine:

  • How many cattle have escaped the supply chain?
  • How many have been illegally transported across the border to China?
  • How many exporters have been involved in this?
  • Why didn't exporters act on CCTV systems not operating?
  • Why was the trade to Vietnam allowed to grow when these abuses were known?
  • Why has no exporter been prosecuted?
  • Why is ESCAS completely failing to protect animals from this barbaric treatment?
  • When was Barnaby Joyce first aware of this cruelty and why has he failed to act?

"How can the public have any trust in this Minister or his Department when they are primarily promoters and apologists for the live export industry?"

"These regulations are a charade. They protect exporters, not animals."

"The Minister's response to this crisis in Vietnam is shameful and only reinforces why he should not be the person in charge of the welfare of animals in this country."

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Chalk 0488 006 478 | Jodie Jankevics 0428 767 005

MEDIA DOWNLOADS (VIDEO & IMAGES): http://animalsaustralia-media.org/upload/photos/live-export-vietnam-investigation_2016/

BACKGROUND BRIEFING: http://www.animalsaustralia.org.au/share/Vietnam-2016-_background-brief.pdf

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