More misinformation, disinformation and lies. National Nine News stated:
"Indonesia reduced its import quota after live exports were temporarily banned in 2011 when footage emerged of Australian cattle being mistreated in Indonesia.
The live export trade dropped from 660,000 head-a-year to 260,000."
Knowing this to be patently untrue, it prompted me to compare the actual percentage of reduction in quotas pre and post suspension.
Image: The Age
Indonesia did in fact further reduce its quotas after the five week suspension of trade, but it wasn't from 660,000 to 260,000!
Quotas had already been dropped 30 % from 750,000 in 2009, to 520,000 in 2010 - over a year befor 4 Corners footage was shown.
There was another reduction from 2010 to 2011, still before the suspension, from 520,000 to 420,000 (19 %) in 2011.
So in fact, the reduction in quotas over the past two years since the suspension (420,000 to 260,000 = 38%), has been less than the reduction prior to the suspension 2009 to 2011 (44 %).
Just to repeat:
Indonesia cut its quotas for live cattle imports from Australia by 44 % - a total of 330,000, prior to the 2011 five week suspension, and then reduced them by 38 % - a total of 160,000, after the suspension, yet the cattle producers, the industry and live export supporters are blaming the government, the five week suspension, and most importantly the messenger bearing the evidence of brutal abuse, for the crises occurring across northern Australia, affecting millions of cattle.
Blaming everyone and everything except a failure to have a Plan B in light of knowledge that Indonesia had already reduced quotas by 44% prior to the suspension, and had a goal for 90 % beef self sufficiency by 2014.
Never mind the drought, bush fires and high Aussie dollar.
I am happy to be corrected on these figures. firstname.lastname@example.org
ninemsn article here.