Live export scandal
AS YET another live export scandal breaks, with footage showing the agonising death of 2400 sheep on a live export ship headed to Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE, industry spokesmen and their government apologists rush out the usual trite phrases about “one-off” events and warning against “knee-jerk” reactions.
Maybe it’s time for a knee-jerk reaction. This is the term used by doctors for a test of reflexes that indicate the health or otherwise of the human nervous system.
The live export trade is a profound sickness in our society, and ignoring it and hoping yet another incident of hideous cruelty will soon be forgotten just makes the patient, our community, that much sicker.
These thousands of sheep, many already used, abused and unwanted by the wool industry, died from extreme heat, many being unable to reach food and water and suffering behind the bodies of their neighbours, who were left to rot on deck.
The argument that this is acceptable because farmers make money from it does not hold water: people make money from cigarettes and illicit drugs too, but we try to stamp out those evils.
Not only is live export appallingly awful for the victims, it is environmentally devastating.
I authored a study a few years ago which estimated the total CO2 emissions of Australian live exports at approximately 1.8 million tonnes, which puts the live-export industry among the top 40 CO2 emitters in Australia. Stopping the trade would be equivalent to removing approximately 320,000 cars from Australian roads.
It’s well over time for a knee-jerk reflex that will restore both our moral and environmental health by banning this obscene industry.
— Desmond Bellamy, PETA
Australia, Byron Bay
THE only way to stop the atrocities that are committed in the livestock export trade is to replace it with a chilled/frozen carcass export trade. That trade will also generate more “value-added” to our meat exports and more on-shore jobs in Australia.
Why don’t we ALL concentrate on bringing that about instead of allowing the livestock carrying ship owners and the people they bribe in Australia, to dictate the trade and perpetuate these atrocities?
— Peter Leith, Bogangar
Good ol’ days
MATHIAS Cormann obviously wasn’t around when he says, governments can’t do what private enterprise is better able to do. I remember well when mail deliveries were each morning and afternoon. Telephone call problems were fixed over the phone in 10 minutes or less. Trains were reliable and ran on time. Also, jobs were plentiful and employers were more amenable.
— Jim Banks, Pottsville Beach
I WISH to tell you that my letter ‘An Ode To Games’ printed in your paper on April 4, has been updated and is now a song and dance. I’m pleased to say that this song, ‘Wave Clap Cheer’ praising the athletes skill, and wishing them well in the Commonwealth Games, has been well received around the Tweed area. We are hoping that TV Channel 7 may pick it up.
— Bettina Adams, Tweed
❝live Not only is export appallingly awful for the victims, it is environmentally devastating... — Desmond Bellamy