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Improved conditions for export livestock

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The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry released reports last week on its Live Trade Animal Welfare Partnership projects. The industry and the Australian Government invested almost $1 million in three projects with Australia’s key livestock export partners in the Middle East and South East Asia, aimed at achieving better animal welfare outcomes in the handling, transport and processing of live animals in importing countries. The infrastructure of abattoirs in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Indonesia was improved and animal handlers underwent training to help reduce stress on animals. Point of arrival discharge ramps were constructed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, abattoir facilities for the slaughter of Australian goats upgraded and training provided. "The reports showed there had been improvements to animal welfare in these countries as a result of government and industry investment in the partnership," Executive Manager, Trade and Market Access Jo Evans said. "[They] also show that further work can be done to improve animal welfare practices in these markets." The LTAWP is investing $3.2 million over three years to further improve animal welfare in overseas markets, with the livestock export industry, which was valued at more than $1 billion in 2009-10, matching the government’s contribution to funding.

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