Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bad Australia

How appalling is the live animal export of sheep and cattle from Australia. For the exporters and the ship owners, it about the mathematics. Suffering and dying cattle and sheep, as against what they are paid. Spending money on care, as against live losses during shipment, Clearly the equation falls on side of losing some money on the product delivery losses. I read that the last huge loss was essentially about sheep being cooked to death on the ship, heat stress at least.

This is not new, but still it goes on. Never mind the National Rifle Shooters Association in the US, it doesn't have much on the live cattle export industry in Australia for lobby power. Lobby power is the only way I can understand why live animal exports continue. New Zealand banned it many years ago. We (mostly) slaughter humanely in Australia, without great stress to the animals. The Middle East does not and how must the sheep suffer as they travel to the Middle East, crowded and cramped and dying in transit. What happens once they are there, is horrible to think about.



Senator Hinch is taking a petition to Federal Parliament about the matter, and try as I have, I can't find a direct link to the petition.  Find it at change.org, sign it and you will have have helped in a small way. Maybe this will work, https://www.change.org/p/david-littleproud-ban-live-exports-from-australia?recruiter=40635556&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition.nafta_share_post_interaction.control

I think this link will work. https://www.change.org/p/david-littleproud-ban-live-exports-from-australia?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_signer_receipt&utm_campaign=triggered&j=296089&sfmc_sub=615857364&l=32_HTML&u=53444679&mid=7233052&jb=238738

24 comments:

  1. I am considering going veg

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    1. I would struggle to do that John but we eat less meat than we used to.

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  2. Petition signed. I think. It seems to want to verify my existence through my non-existent FB.
    I really hope this one develops wings.

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    1. EC, thanks. Yes, FB is so invasive now. I never do that.

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  3. It's 2018, not 1818. Surely they can put animal welfare before their almighty $ grrr.

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    1. Jayne, rather like the environment. If we don't get that right, nothing else will matter.

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  4. I would never eat sheep meat, dead or alive, but shippers of live sheep make me even sicker :(

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    1. Hels, a doesn't help us when we want to lecture others about animal welfare.

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  5. I can't read your post, title was enough. So much suffering, just for money

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  6. I signed a petition, there are so many of them at that site, but opted to not have my name shown, because I don't want millions of emails asking me to sign this, that, everything else. I'll probably get them anyway :(

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    1. Exactly what I now get River. I pick and choose my causes.

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  7. It’s disgraceful and been going on for years, on and off.

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    1. It has Margaret and shourd be history.

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  8. Such terrible things happen to poor helpless animals that I become lost for words. It is all around us.

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    1. Cro, as you well know in your chosen country.

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  9. It is disgusting and inhumane. Surely we are better than this. Ban the live trade.

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    1. Diane, for sure, and value add by halal slaughter here.

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  10. so sad to hear the things happening to the speechless animals. Not only there all over the country this happens for one or other animal...

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    1. WW, I know. It is truly awful. But although much slower than many of us like, things are improving.

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  11. It's disgraceful...a tragedy...it must be stopped...and stopped now...not five years down the track; not two years or one year down the track...now!!

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    1. Lee, I suppose the fuss will soon die down and the status quo will return. For the first time yesterday I saw the video footage and I really can't see how live animal on ships can ever be humane. Surely even with air conditioned ships, sheep will be under such stress by slipping and falling down in shit. Where is their food and water?

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  12. This is so sad. It's just amazing what people will do to save a buck or make a buck.

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    1. Sandra, that is exactly what it is all about, money. In some areas Australia is respected for its clean, green and humane food production. Why do we export live animals and ruin our image? I think Middle Eastern would trust Australian halal slaughtered sheep and cattle.

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