Dear Michael (Danby),
Some time ago you promised to get back to me with further information about live cattle transport and the very inhumane killing methods of Australian grown cattle in Indonesia. I have not heard back from you. A week or so ago, we saw the appalling treatment of breeding cattle sent overseas, now we see absolutely awful treatment of sheep in Pakistan.
There is no way sheep and cattle bred in cool climates should spend longer than a bare minimum of time it extremely hot countries unless in a cooled building. Exposing un-acclimatised animals to such extreme temperatures alone is surely extreme cruelty.
There really is no solution other than to stop live animal exports for slaughter and if animals are sent for breeding purposes overseas, their welfare needs to be closely monitored. If that is not acceptable to the purchasing company or country, then they simply are not sent.
While we may not have any direct influence over animal welfare in other countries, the least we can do is set a good example by how we care for our animals.
For Senator Ludwig to even suggest that the live animal export regulations are working is an appalling joke. They clearly are not.
What has happened and continues to happen is to Australia's shame and I call on you as my representative to stand tall and be counted.