NSW Farmers today expressed its shock and disapproval at the cruel and inhumane treatment of Australian sheep in Pakistan released on ABC television last night.
The association's sheepmeats committee chair James Jackson said farmers were distressed and appalled at the treatment of sheep by Pakistani nationals just as members of the community were.
"But we fully support the investigation underway by Australian authorities and industry will work with government to implement any recommendations from the report including any improvements to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)," he said.
"The livestock export trade is vitally important to Australian livestock producers across the nation.
"If we stop exporting livestock, not only will our local communities suffer in Australia, but global animal welfare standards will unquestionably decline.
"We are the only country in the world that actively works in overseas markets to improve animal welfare standards of exported livestock."
Mr Jackson said farmers in NSW were committed to the care of livestock and meeting the genuine expectations of the community.
He said the livestock export industry was also committed to working with the Federal Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig and the government to deliver world class animal welfare outcomes for Australian livestock in all export markets.
"Minister Ludwig has done a lot of work on behalf of industry to overcome recent obstacles to the trade and we would like to acknowledge his efforts," he said.
NSW Farmers, through peak industry organisations - National Farmers Federation, Sheepmeats Council of Australia, Cattle Council of Australia and the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council - is working to ensure Australia has the best standards in the world and that animal welfare is the number one priority of the live export trade.
It is estimated that the live export of sheep, cattle and goats provides a $1billion plus contribution to the Australian economy annually while playing a vital role in supporting regional jobs throughout Australia.
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