The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has completed a pilot program in Indonesia which has provided “training to the trainers” of animal transport and abattoir workers in animal welfare standards.
Australian cattle exported to Indonesia must be handled in supply chains that are accredited under the Australian Government’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System for animal welfare.
The OIE ‘Improved Animal Welfare Program’, which is supported by the Indonesian and Australian Governments, is designed to improve animal welfare standards in abattoirs throughout the country that process local Indonesian cattle.
The final stage of the program was held recently in Bogor, Indonesia, with a Veterinary Education Establishments (VEE) workshop.
The workshop emphasised the importance of OIE animal welfare standards on animal transport and slaughter, as well as the necessity for training of veterinarians operating in the modern slaughtering industry.
Newly trained Indonesian trainers had the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and lecturing skills in front of an audience comprising 60 academics from ten veterinary faculties, and central government officials.
The OIE said the national newly trained trainers received "very positive feedback" from all attendees.
“The OIE actively promotes the implementation of animal welfare standards adopted by its Member Countries in the region and provides veterinarians with information and skills in this field,” an OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat said when the program was launched.
“Continuous learning, starting with coaches, is one efficient way to fill the gap between OIE animal welfare standards and their appropriate effective implementation.”
The next stage of the OIE program will be rolled out the Philippines and Middle East countries.