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The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
Live cattle ban to stay
Phillip Coorey, Tom AllardJune 8, 2011
WARNING!! SEVERE ANIMAL ABUSE ON VIDEO
THE federal government has decided to suspend the export of all live cattle to Indonesia, following a public outcry and a threatened backbench revolt.
The Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig, signed the order last night and said the ban would stay in place until safeguards had been adopted that would ensure the proper treatment of the beasts along the whole supply chain.
The decision to suspend the $318 million-a-year-industry was taken by cabinet on Monday night and has the potential to upset the Indonesians, the cattle industry and the federal opposition, all of which have argued against a blanket ban.
The Prime Minster, Julia Gillard, said the government would work with the Indonesians and the cattle industry to ''bring about major change'' to the handling of cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses.
Ms Gillard met industry representatives in Darwin last night.
The Herald further reports:
The outcry leading to the suspension of cattle exports to Indonesia began on Monday last week when the ABC's Four Corners broadcast footage showing brutal slaughtering methods and mistreatment inside Indonesian abattoirs.
The organization behind the footage is 'Animals Australia'. Animals Australia spokeswoman Lyn White traveled to Indonesia's abattoirs and within 5 minutes she knew she had enough footage to halt live cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia. She was right.
This ban is likely to stay in place for 6 months.
The Herald explains: