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Applying the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code to the welfare of animals exported from Australia

Author(s) : M.A. Schipp & A.D. Sheridan

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No. 04122013-00021-EN

Australia has implemented a through-chain regulatory framework to address animal welfare issues in the livestock export trade. The framework places the responsibility for ensuring that the welfare of exported animals meets internationally accepted standards on those who hold the licences issued for the export of Australian livestock. It applies to all livestock (cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels) exported from Australia, either for immediate slaughter or for feeding and eventual slaughter. The development of the framework began when the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock were implemented in December 2004, to safeguard animal welfare from the point when the animals are selected for export up until the moment when they are offloaded in the destination country. The framework has recently been extended to incorporate animal welfare requirements through to the point of slaughter in the destination country. The requirements draw on, and are consistent with, the animal welfare chapters of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

Keywords
Animal welfare – Australia – Export – Feeder – Livestock – OIE – Regulatory framework – Slaughter – Supply chain – Terrestrial Animal Health Code – World Organisation for Animal Health.

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