The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has released its investigation report in response to a complaint about animal handling and slaughter practices at an Israeli abattoir which processes Australian sourced livestock.
In December 2012 the RSPCA alleged animal handling and slaughter practices at the Bakar Tnuva abattoir in Israel were inconsistent with international animal welfare and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) guidelines.
The abattoir is included in an ESCAS for cattle for an Australian livestock exporter (Elders International Australia Limited).
DAFF has determined the alleged breaches occurred prior to the first consignment of cattle exported to Israel under ESCAS arriving in the country. As such, the footage does not represent a breach of ESCAS and no regulatory action will be taken by DAFF.
While there was no breach of ESCAS, the Israeli Government is investigating the alleged breaches of international animal welfare standards and this matter is before a court in Israel. The Israeli Government continues to liaise with the Australian Government.
The department also notes the abattoir has undertaken improvements to the infrastructure and processes at the abattoir. Subsequent additional independent audits of the abattoir have shown that the abattoir is compliant with ESCAS.
Allegations of breaches of animal welfare standards are taken very seriously.