New training to improve welfare of millions of Indonesian cattle
WSPA has launched a new three year project with the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) to improve the welfare of Indonesian beef cattle in abattoirs in Indonesia.
The official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed last week (11 October) in Yogyakarta before Government officials, veterinarians and IVMA members from across Indonesia.
Our work with the IVMA began in 2011 after the Indonesian Government took pivotal action following media reports documenting poor slaughter techniques and unnecessary cruelty to Australian cattle in some abattoirs. We commissioned a report which showed domestic cattle were experiencing similar treatment.
During the next three years we will be supporting the IVMA to ensure a higher level of welfare for Indonesian beef cattle. The immediate focus will be on developing a detailed humane slaughter training programme to be introduced early next year.
IVMA Chairperson, Dr Wiwiek Bagja said: “Animal welfare is central to the veterinarian’s code of ethics in Indonesia. This collaboration with WSPA is one of the concrete steps of veterinary commitment to animal welfare in Indonesia. Furthermore, it will support IVMA’s quest to obtain better laws and standards for animal welfare in Indonesia.”
WSPA’s Director of Programmes for Asia Pacific Emily Reeves explains: “Farm animals have the ability to experience pain and fear. Their welfare is paramount and they should never be treated cruelly. We commend Indonesia and the IVMA for recognising this fact and for taking the first steps to improve the treatment of cattle in Indonesian abattoirs.