TruckSafe, the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) trucking operator accreditation scheme, has announced that animal welfare is now a part of its new standards and accreditation guide.
It says that the trucking industry has emphasised the importance of strong animal welfare practices and that its business and risk management scheme provides accredited members with best-practice systems, including an animal welfare module.
TruckSafe Chair Ferdie Kroon says this is the only risk-mitigation tool for managing both animal welfare and heavy vehicle safety compliance.
“The TruckSafe animal welfare module is an audited quality assurance program that covers animal welfare, food safety and traceability. It was built in consultation with supply chain and community stakeholders using international standards and hazard analysis of critical control points,” he said.
“It is focused on humane stock transportation, minimising stress, disease prevention and preventing contamination. The module is an important part of full ‘paddock to plate’ traceability for livestock.”
Stephen Marley, President of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) said that the association endorses the scheme.
“Caring for live cargos is a unique part of the rural road transport task that is under constant scrutiny by markets, governments and the community,” he said.
“The TruckSafe animal welfare module is the best way for carriers to not only meet, but exceed, the requirements of the compulsory Australian Animal Welfare Standards for the Land Transport of Livestock.
“Our members operate in full view of the public and it has never been more important to demonstrate compliance with contemporary animal welfare expectations.
“Accredited members display a sticker on their vehicles, making it easy for the community and customers to recognise those who have best-practice animal welfare procedures in place,” Mr Marley said.
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