Updated statement: Footage of the mistreatment of horses

21 October 2019

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

The regulation of animal welfare remains the responsibility of the states and territories.

The Department of Agriculture’s role is limited to export abattoirs where it works to ensure Australian export standards are met.

Consistent with the department’s responsibilities, we are conducting a critical incident audit of the facility at the centre of recent footage depicting the mistreatment of horses.

Queensland authorities are working closely with the department on this audit.

A preliminary report will be produced early this week.

The department will then determine any regulatory action to be taken.

The department understands that Queensland has requested the original footage from the ABC, which will assist in determining a number of important factors, such as when the incidents took place.

The department urges anyone with evidence or concerns about animal welfare to immediately report it to the relevant state jurisdiction.