08 Jun '11, 4am

Indonesia says it could buy more beef from NZ instead, after Australia halted live cattle exports

Indonesia says it could buy more beef from NZ instead, after Australia halted live cattle exports

Cattle wait in an enclosure at a livestock export yard in Noonamah, about 50km south of the Australian city of Darwin. -- PHOTO: REUTERS JAKARTA - INDONESIA said on Wednesday it could buy more beef from New Zealand after Australia suspended live cattle exports due to concerns over animal cruelty. Agriculture ministry livestock department chief Prabowo Respatiyo Caturroso said the Indonesian government was not yet satisfied that a video showing brutal abuse of Australian cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses was authentic. But he said the government was determined to improve butchering practices wherever cruelty was discovered. 'We have to respect the Australian government's decision to stop its live cattle exports to Indonesia,' Mr Caturroso told AFP. 'We're fully aware that we have to improve animal welfare in our abattoirs. Our investigators are still checking the accurac...

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