A live exporter warned the Federal Government that sheep were at risk of being involved in “catastrophic accidents” and enduring poor animal welfare conditions unless it banned old ships.
In a document exclusively obtained by the ABC, Western Australian exporter Wellard called canada goose clearance on the government to remove a clause that allowed “substandard ships” to continue to carry livestock.
The report warned exporters used old ships because they uk canada goose were cheaper and that created cheap canada goose uk a “clear financial disincentive to build new buy canada goose jacket ships with higher animal welfare standards”.
The exporter produced the document before almost canada goose uk black friday 2,500 sheep died in an Emanuel Export shipment to the Middle East canada goose outlet black friday in August last year.
Footage of that incident emerged last month, prompting the newly appointed Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to demand immediate reviews into the incident and trade.
After obtaining the report, the ABC contacted Wellard and senior executive Fred Troncone confirmed its authenticity.
“The reputation of our industry canada goose outlet uk sale rests on how well our industry is regulated,” he said.
“If it’s not regulated well then we all run the risk of losing public support and of course losing public support means we don’t have a company, we don’t canada goose outlet sale have an industry.”
When the Wellard report was produced, Victorian National MP Darren canada goose coats Chester was the minister for infrastructure, canada goose which has oversight of maritime regulations.
Mr Chester lost his seat in Cabinet last year and is now responsible for the veterans affairs portfolio.
The ABC yesterday contacted Mr Chester’s office for canada goose outlet in usa an interview but he was unavailable.
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was the agriculture minister at the time and led the Government’s live export policies.
The ABC has also contacted his office for comment.
Long held welfare concerns become a realityMore than a decade ago, the Federal Government changed shipping standards to ensure export vessels had sufficient ventilation systems.
Ensuring there is airflow in livestock pens is one way to prevent heat stress among animals.
“When that regulation was implemented they said ‘look all new vessels built from 2004 must meet this new standard’,” Mr Troncone said.
“However, all the vessels that were already in operation prior to that date didn’t really have to meet that new standard.”
The changes did not come with a so called https://www.dvu-nds.de sunset clause that would have scrapped those exemptions and forced all operators to meet the new standards.
“In reality that has never happened, the grandfathering clause remains in that piece of regulation,” Mr Troncone said.
“So effectively, canada goose uk shop canada goose outlet online those owners have not had to make the investment or spend the money to cheap canada goose meet the higher standards.”
Emanuel Exports, Australia’s canada goose outlet reviews largest live sheep exporter, has said the age of a ship is not as important as its maintenance.
“Brand new ships have had tragedies on canada goose outlet shop their maiden voyage,” Emanuel Exports managing director Graham Daws canada goose outlet canada told the ABC in an interview earlier this week.
Mr Daws said exporters were not “allowed to commence loading until everything is working and the backup is there.”
Overhaul of standards needed for industry goose outlet canada to surviveThe Wellard report proposed three major reforms for the live export industry.
They include a sunset clause on the grandfathered provisions, a ban on double tiered vessels and a 25 to 30 year age limit on livestock vessels.
The company last year wanted the cheap canada goose sunset clause to take effect by the end of 2018 but now want it to happen immediately.
Western Australia’s Agriculture canada goose outlet Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she backed Wellard’s calls for a sunset clause but wanted it to be phased in “over a number of years” canada goose outlet store uk.