08 Jun '11, 12pm

Indonesia: New Zealand can replace Australian beef

Indonesia: New Zealand can replace Australian beef

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. Jakarta is not yet satisfied that a video showing brutal abuse of Australian cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses is authentic, according to Agriculture ministry livestock department chief Prabowo Respatiyo Caturroso. 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," Caturroso told AFP. "We're fully aware that we have to improve animal welfare in our abattoirs. Our investigators are still checking the accuracy of the video on cruel treatment of livestock here," he said. Trade minister Mari Pangestu said that Indonesians should not worry about meat shortages ...

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