Shipped cat­tle have bet­ter con­di­tions than many sea­men

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I AM sure you are sick and tired of hear­ing the know- it- alls bleat­ing on about our live cat­tle ex­ports and how cru­elly the cat­tle are treated dur­ing load­ing and trav­el­ling and how the cat­tle are hor­ri­bly tor­tured and then killed in an in­hu­mane man­ner in other coun­tries.

To ad­dress the first is­sue – with all cat­tle han­dling prac­tices these days soft han­dling is the watch­word to avoid stress­ing the live­stock and also bruis­ing the car­cass.

When cat­tle are shipped they have the best of feed and wa­ter and plenty of space. They have bet­ter con­di­tions than most mer­chant sea­men.

When cat­tle ar­rive to be de­liv­ered the Aus­tralian cat­tle farm­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­ity has ended and the buy­ers as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity of the an­i­mals. If some­one from a for­eign coun­try al­lows these cat­tle to be ill treated it is up to their gov­ern­ment to in­ter­cede.

If you have a prob­lem with a farmer try this – don’t be so cow­ardly as to write to news­pa­pers. Go to the farm­ers’ houses and make your ac­cu­sa­tions to their faces.

We have a great farm­ing in­dus­try in this coun­try so pull your wooden heads in and let the farm­ers do their job.

They have enough weight to carry with­out you putting more weight on to their shoul­ders.

LYLE JENSEN,

Macrossan.

HEAVY BUR­DEN: Aussie farm­ers do their best and can’t be held re­spon­si­ble for the treat­ment of cat­tle once sold.

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