And finally; a classic on UK television
Another company closely affiliated with disgraced live exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports has had an export licence approved.
The Department of Agriculture has today granted an export licence to the Kuwait Livestock and Trading (KLTT) company’s Australia subsidiary, Rural Export Trading WA (RETWA).
Here’s what you need to know:
How can the Department think it could possibly meet its regulatory obligations in granting this licence?
How can the live sheep export industry and their supporters think this is a good move?
The answer is simple.
This is what business-as-usual for live sheep exporters looks like.
Protecting their mates and doing their best to doing their best to get around government regulations.
This is the best they’ve got.
This is as good as it gets.
If you agree it’s not good enough (and we know you do), write to your MP now.
Tell them this is further proof of the incompetence of the live export regulator.
Tell them it’s clearer than ever before, that the live sheep export industry has no capacity or willingness to change.
Tell them you want political leaders to step up, and start implementing the phase-out now.
An industry that has such reckless disregard for community expectations and Australian regulations has no chance of long-term survival.
Like you, we’re sick to death of this trade, and it’s only a matter of time before it will be brought to an end.
Thanks as always for your support.
Dr Jed Goodfellow
Senior Policy Officer
Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in 10 years – which was found after an animal died.
The “isolated” case was identified before entering the human food chain.
There are understood to have been 16 cases in the UK since 2011, with the last in 2015.
Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said: “I would urge any farmer who has concerns to seek veterinary advice.”
She added: “While it is too early to tell where the disease came from in this case, its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job.
“We are working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency to answer this question.”
Andrew McCornick, president of NFU Scotland, said: “It is disappointing to learn of this BSE case within the Aberdeenshire area.
“Whilst we lose our negligible risk status, it is not unexpected to see a new case and demonstrates the efficacy of the surveillance measures in place. This simply brings us back in line with the rest of Great Britain, reverting back to where we were 18 months ago.
“When Scotland applied for BSE negligible risk status it was with the full knowledge that there was every possibility of a sporadic case of BSE emerging as has been the case in France and Ireland.”
Ian McWatt, director of operations in Food Standards Scotland, said: “There are strict controls in place to protect consumers from the risk of BSE, including controls on animal feed, and removal of the parts of cattle most likely to carry BSE infectivity.”
BSE stands for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
In 2015, farming officials confirmed a case of BSE in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
The cow was discovered to have BSE following routine tests carried out when an animal dies on a farm.
Scottish calves exported from Ramsgate, England – Tuesday 16th October.
The transporter was a CALF transporter, a guy called McCreery, Southern Irish, who has been working out of Scotland for some time taking Scottish calves on P&O via Cairnryan to Larne, then Southern Ireland to Rosslere, then to Cherbourg (France) and on to Spain.
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