←Go back to RSPCA

RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

RSPCA Australia Knowledgebase

Search:     Advanced search

What happens to breeding and dairy cattle exported overseas?

Article ID: 636
Last updated: 05 Jan, 2017
Revision: 6
Views: 2276

Each year, Australia exports tens of thousands of dairy cattle and breeding animals to countries all over the world to increase and improve local herds through breeding programs. Unfortunately, there are no laws to protect these animals once they leave Australia. Breeding animals are not covered by the Australian Government Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) as the government believes it does not have responsibility for the welfare of these animals once they leave Australian jurisdiction.

A 2013 Government investigation into a breeding facility in Qatar highlighted how completely unprotected Australian breeding animals are once they leave our shores. Despite clear evidence that 7,000 sheep and a number of cows and calves died from malnutrition and heat stress at the facility nothing was or could be done to protect further suffering because of the lack of regulation.

Australian regulations surrounding sheep and cattle exported abroad for breeding pose a huge risk to some of the most vulnerable animals exported – heavily pregnant cattle. Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) state that cattle must be a maximum of 250 days gestation at the scheduled date of departure. However, there is an accepted margin of error in pregnancy testing of late-term cattle of 30 days. This means that cattle can be up to 280 days gestation when they leave Australia and can deliver a full term calf any time from the day of arrival and sometimes onboard ship.

Visit: http://www.rspca.org.au/live-export 

This website provides general information which must not be relied upon or regarded as a substitute for specific professional advice, including veterinary advice. We make no warranties that the website is accurate or suitable for a person's unique circumstances and provide the website on the basis that all persons accessing the website responsibly assess the relevance and accuracy of its content.
Also read
document How is the live export trade regulated?

Prev   Next
What are the standards of animal welfare onboard live export...     What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter...