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Call to make live  export ban permanent
Shocking: Images from an Egyptian abattoir. Picture: Animals Australia

Animal welfare groups want a permanent ban on live exports to Egypt after rejecting measures aimed at preventing cruelty like that seen in shocking footage of WA cattle.

Animals Australia said the risk of cruelty in Egypt was too great to reopen the market, which exporters and producers closed voluntarily last week when the footage from two Egyptian abattoirs became available.

It was shown publicly for the first time last night on ABC TV.

The only cattle shipments to Egypt since mid-last year came from two WA exporters to the abattoirs involved - Emanuel Exports to Ain Sokhna and Livestock Shipping Services to Ismailia.

Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White attacked industry groups yesterday after they revealed plans to restore the trade.

"If their priority was animal welfare, they would be the first to say that the risks to animals in Egypt are too great," Ms White said.

Jordanian-owned LSS did not comment on the cruelty at Ismailia, including slashing tendons in an animal's hind legs. Emanuel Exports director Graham Daws said footage from Sokhna showed correct procedures were not followed.

Mr Daws and industry leaders who visited Sokhna last year said it was usually first-class and defended the correct use of slaughter boxes Animals Australia criticised.

WAFarmers meat section president Jeff Murray, who visited the abattoir in November and was impressed by the standards, said the Egypt export ban was another blow to beef producers reeling from falling prices caused by a lack of demand for live exports.

Industry groups wrote to Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig yesterday asking for Egypt to be included in the Government's exporter supply chain assurance scheme.

Livestock Exporters' Council chief Alison Penfold said there would be no trade with Egypt until the scheme was in place, which would mean greater certainty, transparency and accountability.