ALP collides with farmers on trade
WAFarmers president Dale Park says "The livestock export trade is not only vitally important to WA livestock producers but it is crucial to the future of agriculture in this State, so the support of the State Government has been and will be imperative to secure its future."
I'd like to see the research that backs up Mr Park's claims that live export is "crucial to the future of agriculture in WA" - surely any method which sees a reliable market for the sheep they produce is what's "crucial" - how's the reliability of markets for live sheep working out so far? They're really reliable as long as they don't have to comply with any animal welfare improvements.
What is imperative, is for the State and Federal government to support the infrastructure and actions required to immediately head towards a phasing out of live exports and make local processing a viable and price-comparable option now, which actually has the ability to process the numbers required.
The main objection to this industry, from the majority of Australians is based on the inherent cruelty involved; THAT is the reason live animal export needs to be phased out. What is "crucial" to the long term welfare of any animals raised in Australia for human consumption is that they never be exported live on ships for overseas slaughter.
And what is "crucial" for all non-Australian animals who are similarly transported long distances and/or subjected to handling and slaughter methods that don't even meet the very low OIE standards, is for OIE to step up and get serious about compliance to their standards by member countries. this is a global issue, and an issue in which Australia needs to set an example - be part of the solution, not part of the problem. K Love
Read The West article here.
Trussed sheep awaiting slaughter in Oman. Photo: Animals Australia