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Ranchers seek end to Indo cattle ban
Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson and ranchers met today with government ministers to urge the resumption of trade. Australia on June 8 banned live cattle exports to Indonesia for as long as six months after a television program showed animals being mistreated.
“We don’t want to lay off staff but it may come to that,” Emily Brett, who runs 10,000 head of cattle in the Northern Territory, told reporters in Canberra. “We’re hoping live exports will resume as soon as possible so we can get some income.”
The government banned live cattle exports to Indonesia, which buys about 60 percent of Australia’s shipments, after the program caused a public outcry over the treatment of the animals. Indonesian exports contributed A$319 million ($338 million) to the economy in 2010, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
Ludwig yesterday gave the Indonesian government a draft set of rules on welfare standards, including encouraging but not insisting upon stunning animals before they are killed, a spokesman from his office said.
“I would encourage all participants to put in place supply chain arrangements so we can keep this industry for the longer term,” Ludwig told reporters in Jakarta last night after meeting Indonesia’s agriculture and trade ministers, according to a transcript.
The trial is ongoing.
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