Cattle Exports to Indonesia Suspended

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The government has suspended live cattle exports to 11 Indonesian abattoirs and announced a review into the $320 million trade after graphic footage was broadcast of Australian cattle being inhumanely slaughtered.

"I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities identified by the footage. I reserve the right to add further facilities to the banned list," Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said in a statement.

"I will appoint an independent reviewer to investigate the complete supply chain for live exports up to and including the point of slaughter," he said.

The ABC last night aired footage of cattle being beaten, whipped and kicked prior to slaughter in Indonesia, prompting a political outcry.

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