STAFF REPORT KHI: The unresolved Australian sheep issue in Pakistan starts affecting the trade in livestock badly as import of sacrificial animals may not sustain this year, while Australia has restricted its exports of livestock to only small vessels and single destination.
“The Australian sheep imported for the first time in such a large number has damaged the existing trade of livestock globally specially in Pakistan and Australia,” an official close to this development said. Though concerns are also being shown about the imported animals from Australia by world importers including Saudi Arabia, which imports huge number of sacrificial animals during the religious festival, Australia has reportedly restricted its livestock exports.
As the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) is an essential requirement that a country needs to have prior to Australia engaging in livestock export trade with it.
“The Australian government and the export company Wellard have lost total control over the supply chain and animals have suffered terribly as a result. The slaughter of Australian sheep in Pakistan might be occurring out of sight, out of mind but the problems remain.”