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Tougher standards for live  exports

From today, every country buying livestock from Australia is subject to the stringent welfare standards set by the Federal Government last year.

The third and final group of live export markets required to comply with the Government's exporter supply chain assurance system standards will be covered by the reforms.

The Government introduced the new animal welfare standards, known as ESCAS, after damning footage released last year showed cruelty and mistreatment of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs.

ESCAS requires exporters to take responsibility for the welfare of animals throughout their supply chain and demonstrate livestock will be treated at, or better than, internationally recognised animal welfare standards.

The first tranche of ESCAS on March 1 last year saw 75 per cent of the trade covered and the second from September 1 saw 99 per cent covered.

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the Government could now hold exporters to account for the welfare of livestock and take action if required.

The West Australian

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