Video sparks calls for animal cruelty crackdown overseas

A RAFT of federal politicians has urged the Abbott Government to crackdown on animal cruelty overseas, after reports of an incident involving Australian live cattle exported to Gaza.

Footage of the incident, which includes the vicious stabbing and slaughter of what are believed to be Australian cattle in Gaza, was released by Animals Australia today.

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie led a delegation today urging the government to revoke export licenses of any company that might be associated with the animal abuse.

Among those urging more enforcement of Australia's live export standards were Labor MPs Kelvin Thomson and Melissa Parkes, and Greens senator Lee Rhiannon.

Mr Thomson said the footage showed what he believed were breaches of Australia's export standards, describing the footage as the worst he had seen.

He said it was telling that such issues were not coming to light through the industry or government inspectors but through animal welfare groups.

Mr Wilkie said it showed the current export standards, brought in after similar problems in Indonesia in 2011, were not working.

He said the rules would be flouted overseas without harsher penalties for companies found breaching the standards.

The group also urged the eventual phase-out of live exports, in favour of boxed beef exports and the expansion of meat processing around the country.

Topics:  andrew wilkie animal cruelty animals australia gaza lee rhiannon live cattle export

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