DAFF to Investigate Mauritian Cattle Shipment08 January 2013
MAURITIUS - The Department of Agriculture has said it is investigating whether an Australian live cattle exporter has failed to meet trade regulations.
South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS) said it exported live cattle from Geraldton in WA to Mauritius late last year, a shipment that is now being investigated by DAFF (Department of Agriculture Fisheries Forestry), according to a report from ABC Rural.
DAFF said it's received a report from the exporter of non-compliances associated with the live exports.
The Australian newspaper reproted some cows on the ship were pregnant, something that wasn't reported to Australian or Mauritian authorities prior to export.
It also reports up to 65 cows were allegedly found dead in a feedlot in Mauritius.
A SEALS spokesman says the cattle were inspected by an Australian Quarantine Inspection Service accredited veterinarian before being loaded onto the ship. The spokesman said the pregnancy tests on the cows returned a negative reading. DAFF said its investigation commenced on November 21 and will consider whether action should be taken against the exporter.
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