Australian authorities probe into pregnant cows slaughtered in Mauritius
Four cows were found to be pregnant when slaughtered and further testing revealed many more cattle pregnant in the feedlot.
The importer also claimed the shipment was deliberately delayed to miss a crucial selling period and 65 cows were later found dead in the feedlot in suspicious circumstances. Local police are now investigating how the cattle died and allegations they may have been poisoned.
Australian authorities are investigating into the cargo of 2,061 cattle which arrived to Mauritius in October 2012. The investigation was initiated in November 2012 to find out if there has been a violation of trade regulations by cattle exporter as reported by the Australian Newspaper; The Australian.
The $1 billion live export Australian trade has been hit with another animal welfare scandal after the brutal culling of thousands of sheep in Pakistan led to renewed calls to ban live exports.
According to the Australian authorities, the Gillard government is investigating possible breaches of its regulations. The most serious issue is why Australian government stated that none of the cattle were pregnant when the importer alleged that two cows gave birth during the usual ten-day journey.