- IMPROVING WELFARE
- ENSURING CONFORMANCE
- STRENGTHENING ESCAS
Interaction with Regulation
The starting basis for LGAP is ESCAS and its four pillars. The Program has been designed to provide the same assurances currently being sought through ESCAS, and to provide a platform for those Operators and Facilities seeking to achieve higher standards than ESCAS.
Under LGAP, it is proposed that the Program Owner seek recognition from the Regulator (ie the Australian Government) that LGAP can, does and continues to deliver the assurances required under ESCAS.
In providing these assurances, it may be appropriate that the Regulator and Program Owner enter into some form of agreement that prescribes how LGAP will deliver against ESCAS requirements and ensure animal welfare and the mechanisms that would need to exist to demonstrate, to the Regulator’s satisfaction, that this is occurring. Under such an agreement, it may be appropriate that the Regulator monitors (for example, through auditing the Program Owner) the Program’s implementation and ongoing operation. In this way, an exporter’s certification under the Program would be used to demonstrate their individual compliance with ESCAS regulation.
Under this approach, LGAP would become recognised as the ‘regulatory enabler’ that allows exporters to more effectively demonstrate and ensure true compliance with the principles of ESCAS, as shown below.
Such recognition by the Regulator remains a matter for further consideration and dialogue, Industry to Government, prior to any implementation.
This model does not propose LGAP as a form of self-regulation and LGAP would not dilute ESCAS which remains the ongoing regulatory framework for livestock exported from Australia covering animal welfare from discharge in-market to the point of slaughter.