While Australia is hardly lily white when it comes to the way we slaughter our animals for human consumption, Indonesia and the Middle East have time and time again shown that they have a total disregard for the welfare of animals during the slaughter process.
All the regulations put in place and money that was spent after the Indonesian scandal was exposed by animal welfare activists last year seems to have been to no avail.
Just my bad luck that last night I was able to see ABC's Late Line where they showed quite horrible scenes of what can only described as torture of Australian livestock in Indonesia as they went to death.
The authorities are following it up of course and their spin doctors are spinning faster than the best spinning top. Yet, weren't we told that the actions taken last year were to prevent this inhuman method of slaughter?
Clearly the actions haven't worked and there is really no alternative now but to permanently ban the live export of animals. No ifs or buts or we can do it better. The chances have been given and the same problem still exists. How clearer could things be than that?