Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MORE re­ports emerged re­cently of shock­ing cru­elty and fail­ure re­gard­ing the live cat­tle trade.

New Zealand ceased ex­port­ing live­stock sev­eral years ago due to an­i­mal wel­fare is­sues.

How­ever, the live­stock in­dus­try here has failed time and again in spite of guar­an­tees re­gard­ing an­i­mal wel­fare con­cerns.

Enough is enough: it is time to ac­cept it is sim­ply not pos­si­ble to con­tinue this hor­ror.

New ex­port mar­kets should be found for our beef and lamb where it is pos­si­ble to slaugh­ter the an­i­mals lo­cally in a hu­mane man­ner and the frozen meat ex­ported.

It is said many over­seas im­porters do not have re­frig­er­a­tion to ac­cept the frozen meat.

How­ever, I am sure many may have.

An abat­toir in the state’s north­west would re­solve many un­ac­cept­able and shock­ing con­di­tions con­tin­u­ally suf­fered by an­i­mals, as well as pro­vid­ing lo­cal em­ploy­ment rather than jobs over­seas.

In gen­er­a­tions to come, I am cer­tain we will look back and won­der why we ate an­i­mals for so long.

There is now such a va­ri­ety of food avail­able there is no ne­ces­sity to slaugh­ter an­i­mals to sus­tain a healthy diet. KRISTA PRICE, Bull Creek.

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