Cattle Council welcomes the release of the Government’s report into the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) which reported that in the years since it’s implementation in 2011, the industry has delivered against the objective to improve the welfare of exported Australian livestock.

Cattle Council President, Howard Smith, said that improvements to the live export trade through the development of a more robust animal welfare requirements out in place by ESCAS have been integral to Australian cattle producers, particularly over the last two years.   “The live export trade is an incredibly important aspect of the Australian cattle industry,” Mr Smith said.   “The initial implementation of ESCAS, in reaction to appalling animal handling of cattle in Indonesia, seemed tough, but when you look at the overwhelming improvements of conditions for Australian cattle in market, it was a necessary step.   “Industry is seeking continual improvement under ESCAS and sees it as the responsibility of all people in the Livestock Export supply chain to work diligently to improve animal welfare outcomes globally.   “Cattle Council welcomes commitments by Minister Joyce to reduce red tape for primary producers but will only support reform that does not compromise the integrity of ESCAS” Mr Smith said.      ENDS Contact: Mary Johnson, m. 0417 249 506, e.