Cattle Slaughter in Australia

After the recent uproar over the inhumane slaughter of Australian animals overseas, it looks like the live export of cattle to Indonesia will get underway again soon.

Federal and State Agriculture Ministers met last week to discuss the standards that will be demanded of overseas abattoirs before the animal trade can resume. With farmers and graziers impatient to get things moving, Ministers say they will now consult with the industry before making any final rulings.

The controversy over live exports has also put a focus on the treatment of animals here in Australia. It’s prompted the South Australian Agriculture Minister Michael O’Brien to propose a change to our own national standards. He wants a guarantee that all animals will be stunned before slaughter right across Australia. Tim Brunero spoke to the Minister about this proposal.

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