AUSTRALIA (Horse Slaughter) — The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have indicated they are fielding inquiries from exporters seeking to ship horses and donkeys from Australia for slaughter in overseas markets.
The issue was raised in response to questions posed by Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch at recent Senate meetings.
In response to the Senator’s question DAWR staff confirmed they are preparing advice for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to consider extending the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to include horses and donkeys.
Dr. Narelle Clegg, DAWR assistant secretary regarding animal exports, stated that ESCAS applies only to livestock so the live export of horses and donkeys could not currently be controlled by ESCAS.
Dr. Clegg indicated that they had received inquiries only and that no formal application has been made.
The DAWR is not aware of any live export of horses and donkeys from Australia for the purposes of slaughter.