Aus­tralia must set shin­ing ex­am­ple on live ex­ports

The Queensland Times - - Your Say -

AGRI­CUL­TURE Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud is a shade too clever claim­ing that the ac­tions of other coun­tries will be on our con­science when we stop live ex­port. But we need take no re­spon­si­bil­ity for any­one’s ac­tions but our own. Oth­ers will do what oth­ers do. Net an­i­mal suf­fer­ing can only be bet­ter if Aus­tralia stops the hor­rific events that have been tak­ing place on our re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud also tries to set coun­try against city. But ex­ten­sive re­search shows re­gional Aus­tralians also want to stop live ex­port and many Australian farm­ers now find it fi­nan­cially un­vi­able to send stock to live ex­port at all.

When we stop live ex­port Australian sheep will no longer be sent to suf­fer so hor­ren­dously. That is all. A step in the right di­rec­tion is not wrong.

Mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion now is right for Aus­tralia and Australian sheep. Stop live ex­port now. There is noth­ing new about this push. It has been a very long cam­paign not only by an­i­mal rights ac­tivists but many Aus­tralians. Stop live ex­port now! HELEN DOWLAND Woodville, SA

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