PUBLIC comment is sought on the next stage of the review of Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).
This ASEL review is to consider outcomes from the review by Dr Michael McCarthy of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.
It is to also address feedback from the first stage of the review and outstanding issues from the 2012-13 review of the standards.
Livestock exporters, animal health and welfare groups, producer groups, those involved in the export chain and interested members of the public are among those encouraged to submit their feedback via the ‘Have Your Say’ website by 19 September.
The department is implementing changes to improve the sustainability of the trade with better animal welfare. The ASEL review is a key part of this—ensuring that export standards are informed by the best possible evidence.
The next stage of public consultation runs until 19 September with the Technical Advisory Committee expecting to release a draft report for further consultation in late-October.
Live exports have always been controversial but the issue generated public outrage earlier in the year when the 60 Minutes television program broadcast footage and images of sheep in appalling conditions on board the vessel Awassi Express.
The Department of Agriculture recently cancelled the licence of Emanuel Exports, one of the major Australian live exporters.
More information about the review is available at:
https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/review-asel and http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/welfare/export-trade/review-asel