Shame

Ex­port footage shocks farmer

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Jenne Bram­mer

Ko­jonup sheep farmer Steve McGuire said he was ap­palled to see the suf­fer­ing en­dured by live­stock on a ship to the Mid­dle East, and that tough steps should be taken to en­sure it never hap­pens again.

Mr McGuire said Emanuel Ex­ports should not have sent a ship to the Mid­dle East in the height of its sum­mer.

“To have that ship, at that lo­ca­tion, in that cli­mate dur­ing the peak of sum­mer was gam­bling with the in­dus­try’s rep­u­ta­tion, farm­ers’ liveli­hoods, and most im­por­tantly the lives of those poor sheep,” he said.

Mr McGuire runs 10,000 sheep, some of which are sold for live ex­port. He is the vice-pres­i­dent of WA farm­ers’ live­stock coun­cil, but was speak­ing in a per­sonal ca­pac­ity.

He said although all farm­ers like him­self were dis­gusted, he did not sup­port clo­sure of the in­dus­try.

“Not all live ex­porters should be tarred with the same brush — the ma­jor­ity do the right thing and con­di­tions are far bet­ter,” he said.

“The in­dus­try is not in­her­ently cruel, and it is a heav­ily reg­u­lated in­dus­try.

“As farm­ers we ex­pect ex­porters to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions, as set down by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, so there needs to be ques­tions asked as to how this could ac­tu­ally hap­pen on the Emanuel’s voy­age.”

Mr McGuire sup­ports Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan’s sug­ges­tion it could be worth con­sid­er­ing ban­ning ship­ments ar­riv­ing in the height of the Mid­dle East sum­mer.

“I won­der why they didn’t send the sheep a month ear­lier when con­di­tions were cooler, and keep them in feed­lots upon ar­rival un­til they are needed,” he said.

“Of course it is more ex­pen­sive to do this, but that pales in com­par­i­son to the suf­fer­ing.”

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis Pic­ture: An­i­mals Aus­tralia

Ko­jonup farmer Steve McGuire says sheep should not be sent to the Mid­dle East in the height of its sum­mer. An im­age taken by a whis­tle-blower.

Pic­ture Seven News

The Awassi Ex­press berthed at Fre­man­tle Har­bour Mon­day morn­ing.

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