I made a comment on the following newspaper article
My comment was
“When do any of Animals Australia’s so called informants ever appear before DAFF to back up their so called evidence. Feb 2012 Indo Footage was proven false. Giles abattoir woman never supported her own evidence, Gaza tapes were sourced from internet via you tube stating they used Animals Australia supplied camera’s”
I made another comment following others asking for my evidence in which I arrogantly stated ‘I never say what I can’t back up’.
I owe an apology to Animals Australia regarding the abattoir as going back over my notes I don’t have direct evidence to back up that Sarah Lynch didn’t actually front the Primesafe investigation. For that accusation I do apologise.
I am extremely weary of any animal cruelty film clips that have the ability to be used as evidence when undated, unverified and usually unsupported by the person who was actually doing the filming. I am not denying there hasn’t been terrible cruelty filmed and many are Australian animals shown but I don’t believe all the footage presented are always supplied unedited to authorities, are all Australian animals or even recent incidences. Not to mention circumstances that surround the incidences of filming to explain people and animal actions.
In regards to ESCAS it is not a kangaroo court and Animals Australia are not judge, prosecuter and jury. They are an animal liberation group who are intent on stoppage of all animal livestock production systems.
What I had based my opinion on regarding the Trafalgar abattoir (Victoria) was that the prosecution of cruelty had failed against the owners due to charges dropped with no explanation of the reasons to the owners. Workers had been charged with cruelty. My recall was that Animals Australia presented the evidence to primesafe not Sarah Lynch, an exert of the article I had mis-interpreted is as follows.
In regards to The West Java Indonesian footage in early 2013 – the informants who presented this information did not appear before the then DAFF investigation at all. This was an investigation that occured following claims of cruelty at an Indonesian abattoir in which the informant supplied information to Animals Australia which was used to pursue a complaint against the exporters for breach of ESCAS.
The basis of the evidence revolved around supply of eartags by Animals Australia that allegedly proved the animals time of death, they didn’t. The exporter proved the eartag was from an animal slaughtered some weeks prior to the informants film event taking place.
The DAFF report Allegations of breach of Exporter Suppy Chain Assurance system is linked here West Java Feb 2013.
The annex 4 regarding the eartag incident is here annex4-investigation-report-ile-abattoir4
Failure of informants to appear before DAFF is noted on page 2
Again mention was made that informants were not prepared to support their information supplied to Animals Australia on page 3
People wonder why DAFF take so long to undergo investigations, I would assume much of their time is spent just trying to verify who and what is being filmed.
In a Kuwait 2012 DAFF report Animals Australia supplied still photos and two film footages, one 45 seconds long the other 42 seconds. Neither film could identify the sheep, infact an exporter claimed they weren’t even Australian Sheep, highly likely Awassi. Another exporter had already self notified of a breach of ESCAS having reclaimed lost sheep and corrected the problem. Animals Australia vigilantly exposes are not helping animal welfare they are slowing it down because they are wasting valuable time and resources that could be better spent on direct positive animal welfare outcomes.
It is well known most of the Gaza cattle footage presented December 2013 was from youtubes. Considering anyone can do a youtube and anyone can edit and modify I would have liked to have seen a lot more verification of where and when these videos were filmed. Animals Australia was credited by a supporter as having supplied some of the phones for use to film animals being treated cruelly, the following screen shot I took in December 2013. I believe it has now been removed from the following link Facebook link to Gaza footage
Again I apologise for not having the evidence to back up for all that I had originally stated. But reading the DAFF report of the Egyptian vet that is referred to the original Stock and Land article and his questionable conflict of business interests. The forgotten irony is that Animals Australia actually supported the closed loop system in Egypt that was in place prior to ESCAS. Lyn White even claims Animals Australia proposed it in her appearance before the senate inquiry of live export welfare standards in August 2011.