The Australian livestock industry and the Indonesian Beef Producer and Lot Feeders Association (APFINDO) welcome steps taken by the Australian and Indonesian Governments to restart the live cattle trade.
The Indonesian Government announced today that import permits have been issued for 180,000 head of cattle which provides the basis to ensure that Indonesia’s beef needs are met.
Australian and Indonesian industry groups acknowledge that the basis for the resumption of the trade is the requirement that international standards for animal welfare are met, and that compliance with these standards is subject to independent audit.
The Australian and Indonesian industry is committed to ensuring that approved supply chains supporting live cattle imported from Australia will meet and exceed OIE guidelines. The industry expects that these improvements in facilities will include appropriate technical devices, including stunning.
To this end, Australian and Indonesian industry is rapidly increasing the number of facilities which use stunning and other devices, ensuring they meet halal requirements.
Released by: Meat & Livestock Australia, LiveCorp, Cattle Council of Australia, Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council
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