Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN re­ply to Wil­son Tuckey's re­sponse to my let­ter in the July 19 edi­tion, I am won­der­ing why after all th­ese years of live ex­ports, animal crushers have yet to be in­stalled in Asian meat works.

The re­cent TV footage in an abat­toir also re­vealed slip­pery, ex­cre­ment-cov­ered floors, con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and the an­i­mals' knees torn to the bone in at­tempts to get up from the floor, and one animal ly­ing dead.

Surely stun guns would be bet­ter than a sledge­ham­mer.

A vet regarding this footage also stated (and I ac­cept her pro­fes­sional cred­i­bil­ity) that, as we were guar­an­teed, a vet would ac­com­pany each ves­sel. This is not oc­cur­ring. It must have taken a great deal of courage for her to speak out. Her em­ploy­ment was ter­mi­nated.

The re­port stated we were still us­ing the same trucks and ves­sels hence noth­ing much has changed.

Were a pri­vate farmer re­sponsi- ble for the shock­ing con­tents in the footage, au­thor­i­ties would be lay­ing se­vere charges.

As I men­tioned in my pre­vi­ous let­ter, New Zealand ceased live ex­port­ing more than a decade ago. The New Zealan­ders process the meat into smaller cuts as you would find in the su­per­mar­kets and ex­port it frozen. We should fol­low their ex­am­ple. Animal ad­vo­cacy groups have been call­ing for a ban on live ex­ports of years. This ban must also in­clude our greyhounds, which are ex­ported and cru­elly slaugh­tered should they fail to per­form suc­cess­fully on the race­track. KRISTA PRICE, Bull Creek.

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