Australian sheep sold and killed outside 'approved supply chains'

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 20 June 2013

Evidence of live export breaches in Jordan.

In June 2013 Animals Australia investigators travelled to Jordan after receiving information about the deliberate, widespread and systemic on-selling of Australian sheep occurring in breach of Australia’s live export rules.

Over a number of days evidence was collected that showed Australian sheep being offered for sale from 26 roadside stalls and markets — in direct contravention of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) which dictates that animals must only go to approved abattoirs.

The evidence also documents an Australian sheep being dragged into a butcher shop amongst these roadside stalls and having his throat cut while fully conscious.

Animals Australia immediately lodged a formal complaint and all of the evidence with the Department of Agriculture.

UPDATE February 2014 — Government investigation finds major non-compliance with ESCAS. Read more »


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