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Egypt not officially notified of Australian livestock export halt

Egypt's agriculture minister insists that no formal notification has been received on an Australian livestock export ban to Egypt following disturbing abattoir footage

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 May 2013
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The Egyptian government has not received any official notification saying that Australia has suspended livestock exports to Egypt after a graphic video circulated purportedly showing animal cruelty in Egyptian abattoirs, prompting Canberra to launch an investigation, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture reported Saturday.

Salah Abdel Moemen, Egyptian minister of agriculture, stated that Egypt is compliant with domestic and international standards in animal treatment, pointing out that Islamic Sharia emphasises animal welfare.

Moemen added that if live cattle exports are suspended, Egypt should discuss the matter with the Australian government find resolution.

Animals rights group Animals Australia, which is campaigning for an end to the live export trade, said the footage was shot over recent months at two abattoirs approved under a joint agreement that allowed the resumption of live animal exports to Egypt in 2010.

Alison Penfold, CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, said she was appalled by the footage but said she had visited the Egyptian facilities last year and found procedures then complied with Australian requirements.

According to Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, live animal exports made up 4.5 percent of total trade between Egypt and Australia, which reached $593 million in 2011/12.

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05-05-2013 06:43pm
Congratulations Australia!
They haven't confirmed it , but they will and hope it will be a total ban, and as an Australian, I applaud this move, I have not eaten meat in Egypt for years, as I know of the torture, of not just my Australian animals but, of the Egyptian ones, the practices at the abattoirs in Egypt are cruel beyond belief. As for Salah Abdel Moemen, Egyptian minister of agriculture, saying that 'Egypt is compliant with domestic and international standards in animal treatment, pointing out that Islamic Sharia emphasises animal welfare', say that to the animal activists and some Egyptian citizens who are fighting to stop the mass shooting and poisoning of dogs! Please print this comment!
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