THE RSPCA is calling for clarification from the Government on its plans to weaken the only regulatory frame work in place aimed at providing basic standards of handling, transport and slaughter for Australian exported animals – the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).
ESCAS was put in place in response to the Australian community outrage after the horrors of the live export trade were exposed in 2011.
The RSPCA has not been consulted or informed about these changes prior to this announcement, which raises our suspicions about its true intent.
This is an industry that has proven time and time again that it can’t be trusted, the last thing it needs is a ‘light regulatory touch’.
Despite regular requests, the RSPCA and Australian community including producers have no publicly available information about supply chains overseas and their performance.
The RSPCA therefore have no confidence that the changes announced will not risk animal welfare.
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