ESCAS fails again with cruelty to Aussie cattle exported to Israel on the Maysora

ESCAS fails again with cruelty to Aussie cattle exported to Israel on the Maysora

RSPCA Australia has lodged a formal complaint with the federal Department of Agriculture after receiving images and footage revealing brutal treatment of Australian cattle live exported to Israel on board the notorious ship Maysora.

The footage and imagery, obtained by local animal protection group Israel Against Live Shipments, shows poor handling practices including excessive electric prodder use and workers standing on the backs of cattle and painfully twisting the tails of cattle being offloaded from the Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) operated ship in Israel.

These practices are forbidden under Australia’s mandatory Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which was created more than eight years ago to stop this routine cruel treatment of Australia’s animals overseas.

The troubled Maysora journey to the Middle East experienced multiple delays, leaving animals in allegedly hot and crowded conditions and taking five days to offload.

At least 64 cows and calves are reported dead, with shocking images showing decaying carcasses on board the ship as well as in the Israeli quarantine facility.

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and community opposition, live exporters continue to send Australian animals into the searing heat and humidity of the Middle Eastern summer where heat stress, death and disaster are inevitable.

The RSPCA continues to urge the Australian Government to act on the science and evidence, and stop exports to the Middle East between the highest risk months of May to October.


  • Kerrie Di Cataldo:

    27 Jun 2019 12:31:11

    The Australian Lib. government has failed animals to the highest degree in subjecting them to such cruelty and abuse in the live export industry. They would far rather support those making money from this obscene “trade” rather than put an end to the abuse. The fact that they continue to export to countries that have no welfare laws to protect animals just highlights their complete disregard for the care of these poor animals. I am appalled that this government appears to have no concept of the welfare of these animals, and by continuing to ignore science, allow transporters and handlers to escape any form of severe punnishment, and exports when temperatures are at extreme levels in the middle east just shows how callous they are. Israel has been notorious in the past with its utter cruelty to animals, and it seems this just continues. This goverment has much to answer for. I have no respect whatsoever for any politician who continues to support this disgusting cruelty.

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