Animal cruelty not known to MLA

MEAT and Livestock Australia has denied any prior knowledge of the brutal treatment of animals in Indonesian slaughterhouses, admitting only to being aware of “poor animal handling practices”.

MLA said comments by Live Export manager Michael Finucan on ABC TV’s Lateline were taken “out of context”.

“As we’ve always said, if any evidence of such brutality had been witnessed, MLA would have acted swiftly to bring it to a halt,” a spokesman said.

All live exports to Indonesia were suspended on Wednesday for a possible six months.

Premier Anna Bligh yesterday urged the Federal Government to talk with cattle producers whose businesses would be disrupted by the ban.

Ms Bligh said 5% of producers in Queensland would be affected.

“I do think there is discussion to be had with the Federal Government about ensuring these farmers and these producers are not left in the lurch as a result of a national decision,” she said.


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