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Booming live cattle trade leads to major hay shortage in the Northern Territory

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Without live animal exports, we can have a sustainable, booming and RELIABLE chilled meat industry supplying the best Australia has to offer whilst keeping jobs and profits in Australia and providing certainty for all producers - good for the economy, good for "farmers", and MUCH better for the animals. It just needs commitment, and an investment of time, effort and money from both state and federal governments and some thinking outside the box.

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What's the alternative? Supplying live animals to an unreliable global market, where we realistically have no control over how those animals are handled or slaughtered; shipping jobs and profits offshore so a select few can make a profit from an indefensible and immoral trade that brings Australia international shame, supported by a government that, despite all its protestations, evidently does NOT take animal welfare seriously.

Australia is going to have trouble feeding its own growing population, and with global warming on top of our already considerable propensity for drought - we do NOT want to become the dust bowl of Asia - we can't properly feed and water the current cattle herds in Australia - does anyone think this is going to get easier? Who are the real losers? - as always, the animals. KL

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  • Kathleen Carrington Monday, 01 December 2014

    You are absolutely spot on Katrina! BTW, you did a fantastic job yesterday and resulted in a great turn out. I agree wholeheartedly that all these 'deals' are short-sighted money making ventures with no vision of long term sustainability (of anything!) nor animal welfare. Our Government keeps doing things the way they've been done for past decades as it has no true leadership, minimal ethics, no evidence of humanity and an inability (due to lack of desire) to implement new strategies that will end live export suffering. A true leader always thinks 'outside the box' to find a better way moving forward. Mr Abbott & his team have their minds completely confined to inside the box.
    A more closed-minded, arrogant and smug Prime Minister would be hard to find. But the future is there to be shaped and we owe it to the animals to keep speaking up and fighting for them.
    Thank you for everything you do, Katrina.

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