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Additional training and resources by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) in ESCAS facilities in Israel is continuing to improve treatment, handling and slaughter of Australian cattle to ESCAS standards, the Managing Director of LSS Mr Ahmad Ghosheh said today.

Mr Ghosheh’s comments come in response to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources release of the investigation report in the May 2014 non-compliance complaint at an abattoir facility in Israel.

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Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) is aware of allegations surrounding a possible breach of OIE and ESCAS animal welfare standards in a facility that is one of several in the company’s Israel cattle supply chain. LSS understand that Israeli authorities are investigating accordingly.

LSS takes all welfare allegations very seriously and will not tolerate the mistreatment of animals in its supply chain by any individual in any manner.

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Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) welcomes the release of the Government’s review of the livestock export industry’s regulatory regime, the Export Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS). The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System Report provides a detailed overview of the functioning of the ESCAS system since its implementation in 2011, and details the ongoing challenges faced by the live export sector as it continues to improve its practices going forward.

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Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) is aware of allegations around a possible supply chain breach in Gaza during the recent Islamic religious festival, Eid al-Adha.

LSS takes these allegations very seriously and does not tolerate the mistreatment of animals in any way.

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