Mayor pleased by moves to improve cattle treatment
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter said after observing the positive progress
between the grazing industry and the Federal Government, it was pleasing to see that the industry was
making a positive move to prevent the inhumane treatment of cattle exported from Australia
"Australia needs to establish itself as a credible exporter globally to ensure that other export markets are
not lost due to the inhumane treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia as reported by ABC Four
Corners,” Cr Carter said.
“It also needs to be noted that the cattle grazing industry has contacted me expressing their concerns
for what a total ban on live exports would mean to all of the cattle producers in Australia.
“Based on this advice, it appears that there are only a small number of Indonesian abattoirs and meat processors that have been acting irresponsibly.
“If this is the case then the industry must demonstrate how it will improve its quality assurance systems
from Australian paddocks to Indonesia plates to convince a global audience that a guarantee can be
provided that ensures Australian cattle are treated humanely as part of this whole supply chain.
“I am committed to exporting meat and not jobs, but there is room for the live cattle trade to improve its
performance and co-exist.”