MYTHS OF LIVE TRADE

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AF­TER all the ex­po­sure of what re­ally hap­pens on live ex­port ships, the myths sur­round­ing this ap­palling trade con­tinue to as­tound me.

A com­mon bleat is that "oh, it's just one iso­lated in­ci­dent". While I won't get into why even one "in­ci­dent" like this isn't ac­cept­able to a civilised na­tion, let me say to those peo­ple: no, ab­so­lutely it's not iso­lated.

The re­peated breaches are well doc­u­mented over many years. The live ex­port in­dus­try itself con­sid­ers 2 per cent mor­tal­ity 'ac­cept­able' (thou­sands of an­i­mals dy­ing per ship­ment) while ig­nor­ing the suf­fer­ing of a much more mas­sive num­ber who didn't ac­tu­ally ex­pire (but prob­a­bly wish they did). That's just white­wash­ing suf­fer­ing and nor­mal­is­ing an­i­mal cru­elty.

Another tired old re­frain I hear from peo­ple who don't think past their noses is "if we don't pro­vide the an­i­mals some other coun­try would". Tosh! Apart from the rep­u­ta­tional risk from re­peated in­ci­dents and reg­u­la­tory breaches, there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to per­pet­u­ate on­go­ing cru­elty when we can tran­si­tion to a chilled meat trade. It gives us bet­ter con­trol over our an­i­mals, is more prof­itable and keeps jobs in Australia.

Sup­ply your own an­i­mals - or bet­ter yet, get chilled Aus­tralian meat from the 70 per cent-plus of slaugh­ter­houses who are halal-ac­cred­ited.

With live ex­port con­sist­ing of just a small frac­tion of to­tal meat pro­duc­tion in Australia, it's time to stop. Let's help those in­volved tran­si­tion to a bet­ter way of do­ing things. JEHNI THOMAS-WURTH Kelm­scott Storer. If Ms Hunt would not ac­cept, then the in­vi­ta­tion could go to Aaron Adams (3769 votes) as the next most suc­cess­ful.

A mild down­side might be that it might tend to dis­en­fran­chise the peo­ple who voted for the leav­ing coun­cil­lor com­pared to a by-elec­tion, but such peo­ple would be dis­en­fran­chised any­how if the po­si­tion were left va­cant (as Gos­nells in­tends). Mr Sandhu’s pro­posal has con­sid­er­able merit. ALF CAMP­BELL Ken­wick

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