Live cattle suspension costly

THE Federal Government’s move to suspend live animal exports to a number of killing facilities in Indonesia could bankrupt northern Australian cattle producers, said the Australian Beef Association.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the decision was based on footage collected by Animals Australia that showed cattle being mistreated before slaughter.

The minister said he had asked Australian officials to prepare orders that would enforce the complete suspension of live animal exports to the facilities identified by Animals Australia.

“These orders will strengthen the decision I took to conduct a full investigation into the footage provided,” Senator Ludwig said.

ABA chairman Brad Bellinger expressed his personal disgust at the footage shown on 4 Corners, but said banning live exports was not the answer.

Central Highlands graziers fear a ban could flood the local market and greatly decrease prices.

The ABA has called for stun-guns and proper knocking boxes to be given to any major Indonesian abattoir killing cattle from Australia.

The industry body also advocated for an abattoir to be built in Darwin.

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