TWO leading livestock industry bodies have condemned a decision to cull 'healthy Australian sheep' in Pakistan.
The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council and Sheepmeat Council of Australia said the decision contravened a negotiated agreement between the importer and the Sindh Livestock Department.
In a statement, ALEC and SCA said they had hoped the Pakistan High Court process, which determined the sheep to be healthy and fit for human consumption, would allow the sheep to be processed in OIE and exporter supply chain assurance system compliant facilities.
"Instead, it appears the local authorities have ignored the legal agreement and chosen a completely unacceptable and unnecessary cull with little regard for the animal's welfare and Pakistan High Court processes," the groups said.
"We totally deplore this turn of events in what is an isolated incident to one particular market.
"In light of the above, we welcome exporter Wellard's decision that no further shipments of Australian sheep will be sent to Pakistan for the foreseeable future.
"We thank the Australian Government, Wellard's and PK Livestock for their tireless efforts in trying to resolve this issue and to ensure the health and the welfare of the sheep in trying circumstances.
"Australian and Pakistan staff of importer and the exporter have put their lives on the line to care and protect the sheep.
"No reasonable person could have foreseen the events that have transpired in Pakistan and these events are clearly a force majeure on the exporter supply chain assurance system.
"Australia remains the only country amongst more than 100 livestock exporting nations that regulates the animal welfare of livestock destined for export from paddock to point of processing and industry continues to back exporter supply chain assurance system, which is delivering substantial animal welfare improvements in traditional export markets."
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