Cattle producers threaten suit in Australia

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports poor animal handling practices in Indonesia resulting in suspended exports from Australia may lead to a class action suit by Australian cattle farmers.

Lawyers preparing the suit against Meat and Livestock Australia and LiveCorp must prove MLA directors knew cattle exported to Indonesia were handled inhumanely and farmers would have refused to send their cattle to Indonesian if they had known the conditions.

MLA has said they did not know about the inhumane slaughtering conditions depicted in a video released by Animals Australia, but had knowledge about some of the poor animal handling practices.

Following the video footage and Australia’s export ban the President of Indonesia has called for a government investigation of the meat industry.

MLA received over $60 million in levies from Australia cattle producers last year.  Lawyers preparing a class action would seek to recover some of that money.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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